Addressing Concerns Regarding Travel to Mexico

Should you travel this summer to Mexico amid safety, algae and political concerns?

Ah yes, the monthly travel advisory to Mexico.

We’ve all read the headlines and we’ve all heard friends, family, and coworkers go on about how horrible it is. Interestingly, I’ve been to Mexico City–twice–and driven all over the Yucatan, and never felt in danger. My girlfriend and her friend were in the Yucatan for a week and didn’t report any danger, either.

As the article above states, there are only certain states that have elevated travel warnings, and as you’ll read, even THOSE are more for select hot spots here and there within the state.

There is, however, one thing that I believe is worth being aware of: the sargassum.

For those of you who read my blog post on Belize, you might recall that the beaches there were absolutely ruined by the sargassum. This would be the only legitimate thing that would make me reconsider my plans for going to coastal Mexico. Our hard-earned beach vacation was ruined by piles of ugly seaweed, and I don’t want the same to happen to you.

Some people on social media have raised questions about whether global warming or other forms of climate change have anything to do with this. Perhaps there is some truth to that.

Anyway, just a quick reminder to read into things before just believing headlines. Regardless, be safe out there!

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2 Responses

  1. fpdorchak says:

    I’m sorry to harsh your gig, and all, Alek, but caution SHOULD be exercised when recommending travel to locations that the State Department has issues warnings about. Whether or not YOU experienced issues is not really the point—others ARE, which is why travel warnings are issued in the first place. I can’t emphasize this enough. One individual does not have access to all the resources available to a government, including intelligence reports. And so easily saying that these reports are only for “select hot spots” I feel is being far too dismissive of the possible dangers that may be encountered. It’s not the region that’s the issue…it’s the criminal element within a region. And since people are people, and most people always want MORE…who’s to say a certain criminal element would not stray outside its current boundaries?

    Additionally, you also need to make sure that any travel resources you are basing a Go/No-Go decision on are actually IMPARTIAL. Of course a country’s travel agencies are going to say “Hey, we’re safe! Come on down!” Do you really expect them to say “Hey, we have serious problems we can’t control, so BE CAREFUL!”? Of course not. I read that link, and the comparison of Colorado is in no way fair. That other traveler’s 40 years of experience is anecdotal and being dismissive of others’ experiences that were not so kind—and there are many reasons for that. Maybe he knows where NOT to go.

    I’m sure not all places in Mexico are a problem, and given our current administration’s less-than-stellar truth-telling, it IS hard to tell what to believe. We all take our lives into our own hands when we go outside the safety of our homes, but please, do not lightly dismiss travel warnings…do not blindly accept ANY country’s vacation media announcements. Understand everything for what they are and make an INFORMED decision.

    PLEASE…be careful out there…and be aware.

  1. July 18, 2019

    […] I’ve written two posts now that deal in one way or another about travel to “dangerous” countries: A Quick Word on the Perceived Danger of Foreign Countries and Addressing Concerns Regarding Travel to Mexico. […]

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