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Take Advantage of The Mexican Fear Factor
It's hard to deny that the news out of Mexico lately has not been terribly rosy. Border wars and drug wars have escalated each year since 2007. Of course there has always been a certain crime element in Mexico, but it is now more violent and gang related. Most often, they are trying to kill each other, but innocents have been caught in the crossfire.
With that gloomy paragraph, why would I even think to recommend a Mexican vacation. Well, because the chances that you will be killed in Mexico - very small. The chances you will have a wonderful time at a bargain price - very large. What are the statistics? In 2007, 30 Americans were killed in the entire country of Mexico. In 2011, the number had increased to 120. To put this in perspective, around 150,000 US Citizens cross the border into Mexico EVERY DAY. That is 54,750,000 per year. You do the math.
If you want further perspective on this statistic, that is around the same number of people killed in Las Vegas last year. Would that prevent you from hitting the casinos?
Of course, your chances of being a victim of petty criminals is much higher. Pick pockets, kidnappers, rapists, car jackers, and credit card thieves have increased everywhere - not just in Mexico. When I travel, I am usually embarrassed at least once or twice each trip by being in the presence of an "ugly American" - you know, the person who gets drunk, obnoxious, and/or rude. Their stupidity makes me cringe, hide my head, and my nationality as I silently pray for them to shut up. Their risky behavior can lead to problems - staying out too late, flashing wads of money and going to unsavory place. These people are targets. I wonder about their percentage in the over all mix of crime.
Most major tourist destinations are as safe as always. I am always asked, Aren't you afraid?" and my answer is, "No matter where I go, someone lives there. Someone has a family. Someone sends their children to school. Someone's grandma goes to the market."
Here is the thing. Don't put yourself in danger. You know the list of bad behaviors to avoid: late nights, flashing money, drinking too much...
Mexico is a beautiful country, filled with beautiful people. Irrational fear may have caused a decline in travel to Mexico. That means there are bargains to be had. Use our travel resources to find your best Mexican vacation bargains.
Travel with friends. Be Safe. But go. You will be glad your did.