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Lonely Planet’s U.S. Travel Editor Encourages Travel to Mexico

Lonely Planet’s U.S. Travel Editor Robert Reid gets asked frequently if it’s safe to travel to Mexico, and his answer has always been, “If you’re thoughtful about where you go, the answer is yes.”  Reid says that perhaps a better question is, “Do you think it’s safe to go to Texas?”

Mexico, a country that is roughly the size of the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy combined, has been singled out in the mainstream media, especially when compared to other popular tourist destinations which have far higher homicide rates like the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica (36, 42, and 52 homicides per 100,000 people, respectively).

While Mexico tourism is finally starting to bounce back with Canadians and Brits, Americans remain reluctant to return.  Even though U.S. violent crime statistics suggest that Americans are more likely to encounter violence at home, especially if you look specifically at Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations.  For example, Disney World’s Orlando saw 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents in 2010, which is higher than popular Mexican destinations Cancun (1.83) or Puerto Vallarta (5.9).

Reid asks American tourists to consider 5 things, before forming an opinion on Mexico.

  1. Mexico may be more dangerous than the U.S. overall, but not for Americans.  4.8 per 100,000 Americans were murdered in the U.S. in 2010, while only 2.1 of 100,000 visitors (who may or may not have been connected to drug trafficking) were murdered in Mexico.
  2. Texans are twice as safe in Mexico than in Texas, and three times safer than in Houston.
  3. Texans aren’t the only state citizens that are safer in Mexico than their home state (yes, New Orlean’s homicide rate is triple that of Mexico’s national homicide rate).
  4. The vast majority of Mexico is not on the U.S. State Department’s travel warning.
  5. President Obama’s daughter Malia went to Oaxaca for her spring break, despite Texas’s alarmist travel warning.

Mexico offers some of the greatest travel experiences in the world, and as the U.S. State Department says, “millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year.”  If you can go to Texas, New Orleans, Orlando or the Bahamas, you can certainly go to Mexico.

Read the full article here.

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4 Comments to “Lonely Planet’s U.S. Travel Editor Encourages Travel to Mexico”

  1. Lance VanOvermeiren

    very flawed information. A person from Texas lives most of their life in Texas, and only vacations briefly in Mexico. Stop with statistics you know nothing about.

  2. Hi Lance, thanks for your comment. All of our information is taken straight from news outlets – we do not do the reporting ourselves. You may want to direct your comments to Lonely Planet’s U.S. Travel editor.

  3. Lance,
    You’ll be surprised of the amount of Texans we meet traveling and vacationing in Mexico!

  4. I have been with my boyfriend for three years and my friend has been with his brother for four years they want to take us to mexico with them and we plan on moving to chiapas mexico next year. but my friend and i have never been out of the states. any advice about chiapas i believe we should be ok and i know they would do their best to keep us safe but just a little scared cause i wont be alone i have twi young children and if something happens to me its up to my friend to get my babies back to the states so if anyone out there has been to simojovel chiapas any advice will be greatly welcomed.

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