PSA: Mexico May Not Be the Best Spring Break Destination Right Now
Mexico is a popular
The State Department warns to avoid nearly half of Mexico's states due high levels of violence and crime. However, they also add that "tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the level of drug-related violence and crime," so you'll probably be fine if you stick to popular areas. You can check if the state you're visiting is part of the warning, and what types of crimes to watch out for here . Some other ways to be proactive about your safety when traveling:
- Be aware of common scams , like fake police asking to see your wallet or other valuables or those trying to steal your identity by calling your room and pretending to be the front desk staff.
- Consider enrolling in STEP . The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program keeps you in the loop on travel alerts and safety conditions for the area you're in. This program goes through your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, which makes it much easier to contact those back home in case of an emergency.
- Pay attention to your surroundings . Ask your hotel staff or Airbnb host to point out any neighborhoods you shouldn't go to. Know the street and neighborhood of the place you're staying. Don't flash money, valuable jewelry, or electronics around on the street and be respectful of locals.
Spring break is a time when people typically let go and want to relax, but that doesn't mean letting go of your common sense.