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Yucatan Travel Tips: Preparing for your dream trip to Mexico

Get ready to have the time of your life during your Mexico vacation

If you are planning on visiting Mexico it is best to be prepared!  Be prepared to amazing weather, food, culture, people and places.  You should also prepare yourself by recognizing different policies and procedures here.  Just like travel to many other destinations in the world- you are likely going to enjoy amenities equal (and sometimes far better) to those you might find at home.  Still, the last thing you want is to ruin a great trip because you were not aware of some easy-to-avoid travel mistakes.  Who knows- your trip may be so great you may find yourself back again… as our new neighbor!

Mexico’s Federal Bureau of Consumer Interests (Profeco) has a great page in English to prepare tourists for care-free fun.  We think that all travelers to Mexico should check it out- especially if this is your first visit.

If you are fluent in Spanish the Profeco site has great consumer protection information

You can check out the Profeco list of 20 tips for tourists here. 

We admit that some are more common sense than anything else.  Number thirteen endearingly advises tourists to “avoid sunbathing, walking barefoot, drinking or overeating. Excesses are never good for your body.”   Another very thoughtful tip can be found at number five:  “Develop a list that includes the expenditure before and after your trip.  Try not to exceed it, otherwise you will pay the costs when you go back home.”  We all know this to be true, right?

We feel that the following tips are the most important:

  • Learn about your consumer rights when using transportation, accommodation, food services, and entertainment centers.  AKA- Ask around for and fully understand policies related to paying for stuff.  An unprepared tourist will always pay more.
  • Book early transportation and accommodation.  AKA- Make sure you know where you will sleep and how you will get to where you sleep before you leave home.
  • If possible, take advantage of lodging options that your family and friends offer you.  AKA- Staying where other seasoned travelers stay is always a good bet.
  • Traveling in low season is a great opportunity to find the best deals and for avoiding tumults.  AKA- You will save a bundle and enjoy the same sights with fewer drunken college students around you if you travel in the off-season.  This is generally late September-early December, the last two weeks in January, May and June.
  •  When booking your accommodation thoroughly check the terms and conditions.  AKA- Know what your rights are BEFORE you book.  This is especially important when you book a package vacation.  Read the fine print- you will be happy you did.
  • Be aware of oversold flights, these are not illegal.  Take precautions and be on time.  AKA- Well… this one is quite clear. Despite the urge to linger on the beach it is important to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare.

We hope that you have a wonderful time when you visit our neck of the woods.  Please let us know if these tips were helpful or if you have better tips to offer our readers.  We welcome you to comment below or reach out to us on our Facebook page or Twitter feed! 

1 comment

  1. Oscar says:

    The best time to visit Mexico is in low season is cheaper and the service is better!

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