Going to Mexico? Here’s What to Know
If you are going to Mexico for the very first time, it’s a good idea to read up on it before you go. Just like a lot of places all over the world, you’ll hear a lot about it before you go – and it’s way too easy to form an impression that just isn’t quite right before you get there.
Luckily, a lot of people have traveled to Mexico before you and they have a lot of great tips in terms of what you should think of in order to have a great time and, of course, stay safe while having fun. This is particularly true if you’re traveling on your own, though, as solo travelers tend to be at a slightly higher risk than others.
So read up, pack your bags, and look forward to a vacation filled with fun, sun, and delicious food.
First: You should know some Spanish
Sure, a lot of people think that they speak some form of odd Spanish in Mexico and, while there are slight differences, the similarity makes it really easy to handle if you already know some Spanish.
If not, you can always brush up on your language skills a bit and learn a bit of tourist Spanish; every country everywhere finds it charming when tourists try to speak their language, even if it’s broken and not even completely right.
Simply learn how to say the most common phrases such as sorry and please, learn to order some meals in their tongue, and even how to find their most famous landmarks. That way, you’ll be able to train your language skills while you’re out traveling – and your trip abroad will be so much more fun because of it.
Next: Be careful in traffic
A lot of countries make crossing the roads a high-risk sport and Mexico is no different. It’s important to point this out, though, in case you come from a sleepy small town where only a few cars rumble down the street a couple of times per hour.
The drivers won’t really have too much respect for you as a pedestrian and it’s a good thing to keep in mind when you need to get from A to B. Don’t take any chances and risk getting a bit late rather than having to rush over to cross the street; it’s won’t do you any good.
Being careful when you’re a tourist, in general, applies to Mexico as well as other countries. Leave your valuables in the safe at the hotel, don’t stumble around alone after hours, and look after yourself and your travel companions to make sure that everyone is fine. Have a look at this checklist for traveling to Mexico as well, by the way, so that you have covered everything.
You’re going to eat a lot
Finally, it’s time to talk food; Mexico is not just known for their burritos, you know, as they have food vendors everywhere that are jam-packed with delicious food. Keep in mind that you will be eating a lot and keep an open mind in terms of trying new flavors and food that you haven’t even heard of before.
When you think about it, Mexico can invite you on just as much as a food adventure as anything else and taking advantage of this just means that you had a great time there. Gain a bit of weight, have fun, and remember that you will have a lot of new recipes to test out when you get home.
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