Because of its pristine beaches, year-round warm weather, rich culture and relative affordability, Mexico has proven itself a tourism juggernaut.
Some head there for the all-inclusive resort experiences dotted along the coasts, some travel just south of the US border for a little North Mexican flair, and others prefer to make their way inland to soak in the modern Mexican, and traditional Aztec culture.
But, if you read the travel message boards, a few common complaints persist about traveling in Mexico. Paying too much for flights, packing the wrong clothes, getting sick, or coming up against the language barrier – these are a few of the usual quibbles travelers return with.
In order to address those concerns, and to make the most out of your next summer trip to Mexico, here are five tips you can follow.
5 Tips for Your Next Summer Trip to Mexico
Consider Last Minute Seat Sales
As long as you’re flexible with travel dates, and don’t mind a little uncertainty, last-minute seat sales can save you a lot of pesos.
Or, to reap similar savings benefits without the same spontaneity, sign up for a fare deals newsletter, like Dollar Flight Club or Airfare Watchdog, both of which hunt down mistake and/or deeply discounted fares, and notify you with an email.
Pack Light & Pack Breathable
Mexico is a hot country, and its tropical climate can also be humid and wet. Because of that, you want to pack breathable articles of clothing – a comfortable merino wool hoodie and t shirt with a few pairs of merino underwear and ankle socks.
Merino wool clothing is recommended because of its powerful breathability, its sweat-wicking and quick-drying properties, and its uncanny ability to stay fresh, even in the muggiest locales.
Get Away From the Resorts (at Least For a Bit)
Beach resorts are all well and good, but they aren’t the real Mexico – they are specifically engineered for tourists (mostly Americans) and buffer you from the rich, varied Mexican culture of the rest of the country.
It’s understandable why some want to stay there, but if you can, get out of the resort for a little while, even if for just a day trip, and interact with the locals. You’ll find a much different, more rewarding side of Mexico.
You can easily rent a car in Tulum or other popular places like Cancun so you can explore at your own pace, or make your own way to popular attractions like Chichen Itza.
Learn A Few Spanish Phrases
A few well-placed Spanish phrases will endear you to the locals and facilitate an easier time traveling. Beyond “Hola” and “Como Estas”, learn how to order food, ask for the time, ask the price of things, and a few other common interactions.
Rosetta Stone is a great resource for learning the language. A quick few lessons will be all you need.
Try the Food, But Exercise Caution
Mexican food is delicious, and there’s really no need to feel trepidation about most of the food in the country. At worst, you’ll suffer a tummy ache.
To avoid discomfort, avoid anywhere that looks unsanitary, and be sure to stock up on Travelan before you leave. Avoid the tap water, and bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer for before meals (many of which are eaten with the hands!).
The sunshine, ocean, tacos and culture await. But before you head to Mexico on your next summer trip, follow these simple tips for the best possible trip!
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