Yesterday, reader "Nan" left a comment...
Kevin and Ruth, dear friends heard me tell someone that we plan to motorhome in Mexico. Well, guess what happened, they are so concerned that we will be robbed, shot, whatever. They say it is unsafe to travel in Mexico. I have given them your blog address and the addresses of a couple of other Mex bloggers. Do you have any other suggestions? OH....and it was on National (U.S.) news this morning that a busload of tourists was stopped and robbed in Mexico.
We went for a walk around a different part of the lake yesterday.
People who have never been to Mexico only have one source of information regarding the country. The news. The news bombards you with bad things, never telling you good things. So of course people who have never been to Mexico think that only bad things happen here. Yesterday, it was widely reported that a bus load of cruise ship tourists were robbed. Turns out the organizers didn't follow recommendations regarding security and timing of the tour, and sure enough they got robbed. A bunch of rich gringos from a cruise ship wouldn't be good targets, would they? Of course they would!
Now, for those of you who think this is news, think about how many Americans were robbed yesterday in the United States. Why would a robbery in Mexico be such a big deal? Because it happened in Mexico!
Just before dinner, it got cloudy and there was a bit of a rainbow.
I bet you all can tell from reading our blog what a dangerous place Mexico is. We trip over the heads rolling by every time we open the motorhome door!
The sky was really pretty.
In all seriousness, Mexico has some serious problems related to the drug trade. However, if you stay away from drugs, and you are not in the Mexican military or police, and you don't try to pick up a drug lords girlfriend in a bar late at night, you will not have any more problems being a tourist in Mexico than you would in Canada or the United States.
Then we had a big thunderstorm!
You have to be a smart traveler though. Here are the guidelines we follow...
Don't do things that increase your chances of having a possible problem. Don't be flashy. Don't give the appearance that you have money. Don't carry a lot of money with you, only enough for that day. Don't wear jewelry. Don't look like a "tourist". Wear clothes like the locals do. Try to blend in. Don't drive at night. Plan your driving so that you can arrive at your destination by 2:00pm. This way if you have a problem, you have lots of daylight hours with which to fix it.
Also, if you want to RV in Mexico, I'd suggest you try and go the first time with people who have already been here.
Watching the news has got to be the most negative thing somebody can do. We don't watch the news. Personally I find it depressing hearing about all the bad things that happen in the world. However I do stay informed so I scan the news headlines on the internet, that way I can pick and choose what I want to hear about.
So, the next time you ask somebody about travel in Mexico, make sure you ask someone who has all the information. People who are afraid to visit Mexico will always be afraid to visit Mexico.