A bucket list location for many, Mexico captures hearts with
its bustling metropolitan cities and sprawling, white sand beaches. Before you visit Mexico on your next vacation
though, there are a few things you should know.
Know some key Spanish phrases or words before you go to Mexico,
as this helps immensely and locals are extremely grateful when you try to speak
their language! Here are some common words you should know to make your
¿Dónde está [fill in the blank]? = Where is [fill in the
¿Cuánto cuesta [fill in the blank]? = How much does [fill in the blank] cost?
el baño = bathroom
el restaurante = restaurant
el cajero automático = ATM
la playa = beach
el taxi = taxi
la policia = police
Many major resort towns take US dollars and even have ATMs that
dispense it. Depending on the current exchange rate, most often you can get
quite the deal if you pay in cash with dollars. Be sure to check with your
hotel or resort before leaving home for their best recommendations.
Mexico is a massive country and you should plan your vacation
accordingly. How many cities do you want to visit? Are they easily reachable by
bus or car? Do you have to fly? The country is a phenomenal 761,600 square
miles and there is frankly a lot to do and see all around the country. Make
sure to peek at a map before you start planning your epic trip and be realistic
about how much you can really see and do in one trip.
Mexico has many different types of landscapes and cultures.
Warm, calm, turquoise waters can be found in the Riviera Maya. In Mexico City
you can find an upbeat, bustling, culture-filled metropolis. Rugged landscapes
and spectacular surf spots can be found along the Pacific Coast. Decide which
of these very different regions appeals most to you before you start planning
And last but not least, the thing on everyone’s mind: Crime.
Did you know that crime in Mexican cities are many times lower than in most of
their American counterparts? While there are hot spots in Mexico that do have
travel warnings that come along with them, many of the major tourist
destinations are considered safe and are largely ignored by many of the problems
found elsewhere. Like any destination though, do your research in advance and
avoid any areas listed as crime-prone or dangerous.
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Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.Follow Erica on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google Plus.
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