Tips before travelling to Mexico
Before travelling to Mexico consult with your doctor and insurance company and be sure you have all the appropriate and up to date vaccinations. Also, ask your health insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies, if not, make sure to add the additional coverage required.
Bring copies of your passport and keep them in separate places, for additional backup leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust and also it’s a good idea to make a electronic copy that can also be stored in your email account and on your phone.
If staying in the Yucatan for extended periods consider registering with the embassy, if there is a problem this will facilitate contact your government and speed things up.
Look for the best currency conversion before leaving, doing your homework before you travel to get an idea of what and where the best conversion rate will save you money.
Confirm your credit card works in Mexico, European banks have shifted almost entirely to the more secure chip technology and PIN, and fewer companies abroad accept magnetic stripe cards.
Withdraw cash at the ATM in Mexico, this is often the best exchange rate, you will pay less fees and the conversion will be accurate. Money exchange booths at the airport are the worst place to get your pesos.
Always carry some pesos, not all places will accept credit cards.
Remember to call your bank or credit card provider and let them know your travel dates, sometimes banks believe there may be fraud occurring if transactions occur suddenly in Mexico and may suspend your card as a security measure.
Buy tickets now for places you know you want to visit or see. By buying in advance, you can save money, time and skip lines.
Purchase a guidebook, a good one will generally include maps, and provide sufficient detail on certain sites that you do not need to buy one at the site you are visiting. Download applications before traveling and avoid data roaming charges from your service provider.
Research dates and what’s happening while you’re there. This will help ensure you do not miss the best events taking place in the area, fun events such as festivals, ceremonies and natural events like solar eclipses.
Also be sure to investigate some of the Yucatans national dishes to try. You do not want to leave the country without experiencing everything there is on offer.
Top tip: Beware the local beverage.
Drinking tequila is a national pastime in Mexico but the newbie tourist may be surprised at just how powerful the Mexican version can truly be on the senses. If you are not careful you might become overly inebriated and dehydrated and find yourself in need of medical attention or worse legal assistance.
It is not uncommon to find free local taste testings throughout the tourist destinations, just pace yourself and have fun.