Travel Tips: Mexico

Sunset in Tulum

Planning a trip to Mexico? Here are some tips:

  • Don’t try to see too much!  Too many people hop from one city to another after one or two nights.  It’s exhausting, stressful and it doesn’t give you a good sense of place.
  • Despite what you may have heard, most of Mexico is safe.  As in any country (including these USA), avoid problem areas – especially at night.
  • Enjoy spending time on beaches?  Visit Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the Mexican Carribbean and Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos on the Pacific coast.
  • Consider visiting Mexico City – this city is highly underrated and rich in culture and cuisine.  It’s also cheaper than the more popular tourist destinations as foreigners are reluctant to visit this fun city.  See my posts on Mexico City to get an idea of what the city has to offer.
  • Know some words in Spanish – I can’t emphasize this enough! Just a few words or requests (“hello”, “thank you”, “I would like”), will go a long way in Mexico and it shows respect.  In most cases, people will respond in English as they want to practice their skills with you.
  • Love Mexican cuisine? Check out Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca.  The latter two cities are considered the culinary capitals of Mexico.
  • Tipping – the tipping etiquette in Mexico is similar to that in the USA, however, 10-15% of the bill before tax is customary in Mexico.
  • Traveling within Mexico? Book a ticket on the Aldo bus line.  It’s comfortable and reasonably priced.
  • Got an iPhone with AT&T? Consider switching to the Viva Mexico Plan before leaving the USA.  It’s $54.99 a month and it allows you to make local and long distance class in Mexico and the USA.  You get 450 minutes of airtime and there are no roaming charges. I used it recently in Mexico and saved a lot of money.

Traveling to Mexico?  Contact me.  I would be happy to help plan and book your dream vacation to this country.

Got any other tips on traveling to Mexico?  If so, comment below.


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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