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Better Safe Than Sorry When Traveling In Mexico

  

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     Mexico is a beautiful country with plenty of amazing cities that are certainly worthy of a vacation. And, for the most part, it’s actually a much safer country than some people may think. But unfortunately, it still has it’s dangerous elements. And there are certainly things you need to know about before you head there. So if you’re planning on checking out Mexico anytime soon, make sure you read through this article first and are properly prepared.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

Of course! You already know this. That’s why you’re reading this article!

But more specifically, you should make sure to research the specific area in Mexico you’re going to visit. And there are certain places that need to be outright avoided altogether. Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas are all states that have a been hit with a Level 4 do-not-travel warning. This is because they have higher than average rates of carjacking, armed robbery, kidnapping, and even murder.

But there are plenty of other areas that have lower level do-not-travel warnings or none at all. So make sure you’re going to the safer spots!

WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK

This one has been around for a while, but it’s still just as important today. Food and water safety is still a major concern in many parts of Mexico. So be sure to take bottled water with you everywhere you go, avoid tap water altogether, and when eating street food (which, honestly, you have to do. It’s Mexico!) stick to the places with big lines of both locals and tourists. If everyone’s eating there, there’s a much better chance the food is safe!

SPEAKING OF DRINKING… DO IT IN MODERATION!

Look… this is Mexico we’re talking about. It’s almost not worth it if you’re not going to drink at least a little! But just be careful. It’s best to never drink too much, and it’s especially best to not take alcohol from anyone you don’t know.

It’s also important to be very careful where and when (if at all) you’re at at night. The crooks come out at night so you’re much more vulnerable to any number of crimes when you find yourself on the streets of Mexico at night. And if you’re drunk… well, you get the idea.

 

KEEP LISTS AND MAKE COPIES

No matter where you go on our next vacation, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. And that, of course, goes for Mexico. So be sure to bring a list of important contacts should something happen. And you’re definitely going to want to make copies of any and all important documents just in case any of them get lost or stolen. Just be cautious and cover all your bases!

ONLY USE REGISTERED TAXIS

There are plenty of people just waiting to scam tourists in Mexico. And cabs are a perfect opportunity to do just that. So if you need to take a cab while you’re there, only use registers cabs or, hopefully, use transportation offered by your hotel. Sure, you could save some money by using unregister cabs. But the chances the driver might try to rip you off are just too high. So only travel with drivers you know you can trust!

ONLY STAY AT POPULAR HOTELS AND RESORTS

What better way to decrease your odds of ending up around untrustworthy people than staying at the most popular hotels and resorts?! They’re popular for a reason, after all. So you can be sure they offer the best service, including security. If a given hotel or resort had a bunch of instances of robbery or worse, you can be sure they would not be popular options. So when it comes to accommodations, just go where everyone else is!

INVEST IN A MONEY BELT

This one is huge. There are all kinds of pickpockets in Mexico just waiting to steal some foolish tourist’s wallet. So carrying around a wallet is the last thing you want to do! Especially considering it’s best to carry plenty of cash anywhere you go. A money belt will protect your cash and cards from getting stolen as they’re much more difficult to get (or get inside of).

And while we’re at it, leave the expensive watches and jewelry at home! You’re on vacation to relax, not look your absolute best. You’ll thank me when you make it back home and nothing you care about was stolen.


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The 5 Best Places to Go Sightseeing in America

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Last year, people in the United States spent more than $790 billion on travel expenses, unrelated to business. 

Traveling is a great way to spend your days off of work and can open your eyes to a new world around you. 

If you are planning a trip, or need an excuse to get out of town, check out unique destinations in America that have unforgettable sights.  

Continue reading to discover some of the best places to visit for sightseeing and memory-making! 

1. New York

There are many things to do in New York. You can visit the city and Central Park, but you can also go sightseeing in northern NY. 

If you are looking for a trip that is full of beautiful views and hiking, head upstate. If you want to see the city in action, you can check out Ellis Island and walk around Manhatten. Make sure that you pack comfortable shoes to walk in— unless you like taking public transportation. 

2. Northern Michigan 

Detroit is continuing to make a comeback, but the beautiful views never left the northern areas.

The next time you want to take an inexpensive sightseeing trip, go camping in the Upper Peninsula or check out the views down-state. The Porcupine Mountains are located on the west side of the Upper Penninsula. Up there you can also see Taqhuamonon Falls and Pictured Rocks.

No matter which direction you drive, you will likely encounter water that looks and feels like the ocean. The best part is, there aren’t any sharks! While you are away from city lights you can also gaze at the stars. 

3. Arizona

Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, which is a beautiful sight that you have to see for yourself. 

The Grand Canyon is one of the best day trips to take if you live in the California area. Many people take Route 66 to get to Arizona, which offers a fun ride full of unique things to see. 

Besides the Grand Canyon, you can take advantage of the views of endless cacti and mountains that surround the area. Try visiting Arizona in the spring or fall time to avoid extreme heat. Some people even recommend going in the winter! 

4. Wyoming 

Have you ever wanted to see the Old Faithful Geyser, or possibly Yellowstone National Park? 

Both of these can be found in Wyoming, along with many other attractions to see. Wyoming is packed with all of the prettiest landscapes that America has to offer. You can check out the Grand Prismatic Spring, be sure to take a good picture of the colors that surround it. Keep your hiking shoes and camera close when you hike up mountains for views that will amaze you. 

5. Colorado 

If you are still wondering where to go sightseeing you might find interest in Colorado. 

The Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak are impressive natural landforms that you can find in this state. If you decide to take a winter trip, you can go skiing or snowboarding down some of the best mountains. Colorado is full of quaint towns that will make you feel at home.  

Time to Go Sightseeing in America  

Planning a sightseeing trip in the United States can be overwhelming since there are so many things to check out.

This guide helps cover some of the best places that have views to look at in every direction. It’s time to get away from the city lights and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Don’t forget to bring your most comfortable shoes and clothes, along with a nice camera to capture all of your views. 

Be sure to check out our blog for more articles about traveling in the United States and around the world! 

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The Famed Azure Window in Malta is Destroyed by Weather.

The travel world lost a legend this past weekend when Malta’s famed Azure Window collapsed after a storm.   The awe inspiring natural rock arch was destroyed by a heavy storm causing it to collapse into the ocean. Devastating to the locals, as this was a huge tourist attraction. You may recognize the famous arch form movies and television. The arch was featured in the first episode of the hugely popular HBO show Game of Thrones.

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The travel world lost a legend this past weekend when Malta’s famed Azure Window collapsed after a storm.   The awe inspiring natural rock arch was destroyed by a heavy storm causing it to collapse into the ocean. Devastating to the locals, as this was a huge tourist attraction. You may recognize the famous arch form movies and television. The arch was featured in the first episode of the hugely popular HBO show Game of Thrones.

A geological study was performed in 2013 and it found that erosion was inevitable but there was no danger of the structure collapsing. Recently the arch introducing fines for people who walked on the arch, as it’s structural integrity was weakening placed signs. This didn’t stop tourist s=from venturing across the archway and onto the jutting rock formation. This wasn’t the cause of its demise though; major storms have been wreaking havoc on the island of Gozo, where the formation is located.

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An eyewitness form a local town reported seeing violent waves crashing all the way up the Azure Window’s arch and suddenly it was gone.  Gale force winds were reported and the ferry company that brings tourists to the site shut down operations for the day because the weather was so bad. Storms in recent years have been getting worse and worse across the globe as global warming increases. It seems like every year we hear weathercasters forecast the biggest storm in history. That’s not a good sign that the largest and most violent storms ever recorded keep happening, year in and tear out. What can we expect in the near future as wild storms rage across the planet. Hurricanes are reaching record levels every year as well are tsunamis and the Far East.

Scientists predict that weather will only continue to get worse as Mother Nature continues to strike back at us for polluting her water, land and air.

Local residents flocked to the site after word of its collapse hit town. The Azure Window was one of Malta’s biggest tourist attractions and brought in millions of dollars respectively each year.

Could tourism be responsible for the landmark’s demise? Sure, it could have had something to do with it but as we have learned over and over again, if we piss Mother Nature off enough, she will strike back with furious anger. Nature is extremely powerful and everyone who visited this landmark could easily see that its future did not look bright. The brittle limestone that was its base is known for collapsing, so it was only a matter of time. Tourists have been seen jumping off the rock formation into the ocean, often dislodging rocks in their path. Although these rocks have no structural relevance so it’s probably not an issue.

The world is in mourning for a wonderful natural phenomenon that has been taken back by nature. Mother Nature gives and obviously she takes away, I’m just glad that so many of us got to enjoy the majesty of Azure Window.

Luckily there is a lesser-known rock window near by in Wied il-Mielah, so check that out if you are meandering around Malta with no rock formation to look at.

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Will European Parliament End Visa-Free Travel for Americans?

American President Trump has been making plenty of headlines with his bold and unprecedented moves regarding immigration and these are having global repercussions. In a shocking move, the European Parliament has recently called for a vote to end visa-free travel for all U.S. passport holders. This is obviously in response to Trump’s travel ban and other diplomatic moves the new president has enacted.

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American President Trump has been making plenty of headlines with his bold and unprecedented moves regarding immigration and these are having global repercussions. In a shocking move, the European Parliament has recently called for a vote to end visa-free travel for all U.S. passport holders. This is obviously in response to Trump’s travel ban and other diplomatic moves the new president has enacted. American’s have been divided on Trump’s moves but the majority of them haven’t been affected by these unparalleled moves until now. SO how does the European Parliament’s move affect American’s in general?

 

American’s have long enjoyed visa-free travel to all of the European Union (EU) countries meaning that we haven’t had to apply for travel visa when vacationing overseas, that all may change. The European parliament introduced a bill that if voted in, would require Americans to obtain visas before entering certain countries. That’s a huge shift to the global market and our freedom as Americans.

 

Essentially we are losing privileges because of the Trump Administration’s travel bans. If you have been living under a rock for the past few months, Trump has essentially banned incoming immigrants and travelers from certain countries including EU ones like Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.

 

So is this a real life outcome? Yes, it most certainly could be unless our governments can work out some sort of resolution. Many believe this is just the EU trying to play hardball with Trump and his minions. I have to agree but it could turn into something much worse. Could this be a sign of times to come? Yes, this could set a president that all other countries could follow in response to America’s strict new immigration guidelines. Could this start a new world war? Sure, anything is possible when you have world leaders with chips on their shoulders like Trump, Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

 

What’s next in this tense situation?

The European Parliament, the governing arm of the European Union will meet again and possibly vote on this proposed bill in June. This gives both sides time to cool down and work on a possible solution. If nothing is reached by then, who knows where this will lead. The American’s visa-free travel could be lifted temporarily as a test of the new policy or both sides could agree to terms. It’s all political banter right now and as we have learned recently, who really knows what’s going on in politics?

This is scary times indeed as the travel ban goes into effect and world leaders scramble to discuss possible solutions; we American travelers are left in limbo. Much like foreign travelers trying to enter the United States, American travelers wonder if their upcoming European vacations will have to be altered.

 

I’ll keep you all posted on any new developments and if you have any doubt, check to see if you need a visa to travel to any destination.   Is it safe to travel, yes, but it’s always good to be knowledgeable of on-going situations like this one.

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