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Packed with interesting sights such as the Maya ruins and sublime attractions such as the cenotes, Mexico holidays are sure to delight. However, don’t get so wrapped up in all the excitement and leisure of your stay there that you neglect your personal safety. These are a few tips to stay safe for a successful Mexico trip.
Think about where you are. In popular coastal parts of Mexico, like the Yucatan Peninsula, locals aren’t likely to bat eyelid at seeing a lady in a tank top or bikini top and shots. However, venture inland and you’ll find the style of dressing is much more conservative. Leave the shorts in the suitcase if you head inland; opt for a skirt or some light trousers instead.
Look as if you know your way around
You might be a stranger in a foreign land, but you don’t have to look like one. Don’t stand on a street corner, gazing endlessly at your map (or phone!). Make sure you have a good idea of where you’re going before you leave your hotel. You can ask the receptionists at your hotel for directions or tips on any public transport you need to take. Being able to keep moving will help you to feel safer too. Avoid disclosing your intended destination to strangers.
Don’t carry around lots of cash
Draw money out in small amounts of pesos from ATMs, rather than carry large amounts of cash around with you. Get your money out from ATMs in the bank instead of out on the street. Make a note of how many credit cards you have and of any (toll free) contact numbers. Sew some secret pockets into your trousers for your phone, keys, etc., and also carry a photocopy of your passport in case the police stop you and ask to see some identification.
Trust your instincts
The best way to protect yourself on your Mexico holidays is simply to trust your instincts. If you get that nagging feeling about a place or a person, don’t be scared to walk away. It’s better to be safe than sorry on your holidays. Don’t worry about being rude. That’s their problem. You’re safe and that’s the most important thing.