Finding The Balance Between Fear And Facts When It Comes To Mexico Safety
In a recent article on Mexico safety, Peter S. Greenberg (CBS News Travel Editor who reports regularly on The Early Show and the CBS Evening News) talked with Robert Reid (U.S. travel editor for Lonely Planet) about the question on everyone’s mind; “Is it safe to travel to Mexico now?”
The two travel experts had a conversation about Mexico safety; below is an excerpt taken from that conversation.
“Peter Greenberg: I’ll call a spade a spade here, Mexico has been seen in an almost racist way by Americans for so many years. They imagine dusty border towns, guys wearing sombreros and doing shoot ‘em ups. They see it how it was portrayed in the movies. If you couple that perception with the drug cartels or with the swine flu or with select crime reports, suddenly everybody starts running for the border.
Robert Reid: “Real Mexico” is an elusive target; so is “real America.” A lot of people judge it by Tijuana, cruise ship ports, or upside-down margaritas in Cancun. Somebody who has traveled around Mexico wouldn’t consider those places “real Mexico.” I’m in this business because of Mexico. I think it is an asset to be close to such a diverse, wonderful and friendly country. I’m sad that more people don’t take advantage of it. I’m not trying to discount news reports. There are some grisly reports, particularly in Northern Mexico. I would never consider driving in from Texas on the roads where there have been hijackings, etc. That area is easily avoided. Travelers have almost always avoided it.”
For the complete article, click here.
Most people don’t think twice when traveling to places such as Orlando, Las Vegas or Phoenix Arizona. Little do they know that recent annual numbers from the FBI found that these places had the same number of U.S citizens killed in a year – or more.
The point of this statement is not to scare you away from traveling to Orlando but simply to give a little perspective. There’s always risk involved with traveling anywhere, the key is to educate yourself and be smart about these risks. To discount places such as Huatulco and other remote areas based on crimes occurring more than 700 km (430+ miles) away would be a real shame.