Lonely Planet’s New York-based U.S. Travel Editor Robert Reid, who has been traveling to Mexico since he was a child, adds to the chorus of travel writers and reporters who consider the warnings against travel to Mexico to be out of context. While citing that the drug violence in Mexico should be taken seriously, he also asks travelers to be sensible and consider the facts.
“What you don’t get from most reports in the US is statistical evidence that Americans are less likely to face violence on average in Mexico than at home, particularly when you zero in on Mexico’s most popular travel destinations. For example, the gateway to Disney World, Orlando, saw 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents in 2010 per the FBI; this is higher than Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, with rates of 1.83 and 5.9 respectively…Yet in March, the Texas Department of Public Safety advised against ‘spring break’ travel anywhere in Mexico, a country the size of the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy combined. Never mind that popular destinations like the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica have far higher homicide rates …why the singular focus?”
His article goes on to put things in context, stating that Mexico is less dangerous for Americans overall, than…well, America. According to Reid and FBI crime statistics, Mexico is twice as safe for Texans, than Texas (and three times safer than Houston). He also points out that most parts of Mexico are not included on the U.S. Travel Advisory for Mexico.
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