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Yes, the U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning for travelers going to Mexico. The warning was issued mainly due to security concerns from organized crime activities in certain regions.

Mexico welcomed 35-million international travelers in the past year, and they are expected to break those numbers this year. With the largest travel season in history set to kick off, this doesn’t mean you have to cancel your trip to Mexico. Millions of U.S. citizens travel to Mexico every year for reasons that range from business to pleasure to education. Included in that number are 150,000 visitors who cross the border into Mexico every day.

The Mexican government makes an effort to keep travelers safe. There are some basic safety tips you can know, that will keep your travel in Mexico, a pleasurable one.US Travel Advisory - How Safe Is Mexico.clipular

1. Research your destination.
Get the latest information on the city or region you’re planning to visit by checking the U.S. State Department’s travel alerts page for the most current information on warnings for tourists.

2. Think twice about valuables.
If you really don’t need that cocktail ring or your expensive watch on this trip – don’t bring it. It will make you far less attractive to pickpockets and thieves.

3. Double up on your documents.
Scan your passport and other travel documents and email them to yourself. You’ll at least have a copy to refer to if they get lost or stolen.

4. Write down credit card bank numbers.
Find out the international number for your bank or credit card and take it with you. Most toll-free numbers won’t work from Mexico to reach your bank.

5. Just in case.
Make sure someone at home knows your itinerary for your trip.

6. Forget the fanny pack.
Fanny packs are often targets for pickpockets. Go for an underclothing money belt or purse-boots that have special pockets sewn within for holding credit cards, passport, and even cell phones without showing.

7.  Financial backup plan.
Take a few traveler cheques with you just in case. Just in case can mean that ATM that ate your credit card or your card gets stolen. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan.

Those are just seven tips for making it a safe trip to Mexico. If you want more information just contact our offices during business hours via phone or feel free to hit us up on Facebook with questions – we’re ready to help!

American Express Travel put together a top list of places to visit this Fall and some of them are destinations you haven’t seen frequently recommended up until now.

1. Beirut

Increase in bookings: 
150%
Once known as, “The Paris of the Middle East” – “Cognizant of today’s geopolitical climate, Americans are shifting the conversation from apprehension to understanding and are openly exploring destinations in the Middle East – tourism is booming, [and] airlines are creating more routes,”  said Jamee Lubkemann, vice president of American Express Travel.

2. Tel Aviv

Increase in bookings: 148%
A trip to Tel Aviv could include everything from beach lounging and museum hopping to falafel and hummus sampling. “Tel Aviv is modern, vibrant, and cosmopolitan,” Lubkemann said.

3. Casablanca, Morocco

Increase in bookings: 86%
Morocco as a whole is trending with modern travelers, but with the promise of new construction projects like Parc de la Ligue Arabe and Grande Theatre de Casablanca, the port city of Casablanca is the place to be right now.

4. Nairobi, Kenya
Increase in bookings: 39%

“Often referred to as the Silicon Savannah, Nairobi is known as an innovative tech hub for Kenya. But beyond that, it has evolved to become a gateway to immersive coastal safaris and travelers are increasingly flocking to the destination for its thriving multi-ethnic food scene,” Lubkemann said.

5. Mazatlan, Mexico
Increase in bookings: 82%

This resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast is known both for its beautiful sandy beaches and its historic core.
Many of its 19th-century buildings have been restored and repurposed to serve its growing culinary and arts scenes. Mazatlán is considered one of Mexico’s best nightlife destinations as well.

Read the entire recommendation list here.
When it comes time to plan your destination, book your trip then talk to us if you need to expedite your passport or travel visa.


There was a gun fight in a club in Playa Del Carmen and numerous reports of drugged drinks. There has also been an increase in homicide rates in two of the most popular tourist destination states in Mexico. The State Department’s response was to issue a travel warning effective for Baja California Sur and Quinta Roo.

According to Travel Weekly, there have been cancellations but the CEO stated that they have always advised tourists to be careful of their surroundings and avoid areas in cities and towns with known criminal activity. He also stated it was their opinion the destinations were safer than the warning paints.

A writer for Inertia recounts a time ages before when he spent 10 days living in a van with his girlfriend all over the beaches in Mexico one August.

Does the travel warning about Mexico make you less likely to visit? Would you cancel a trip or go and be extra vigilant?

According to the Yucatan Times, the Mexican tourist industry is in damage control mode.