Attention Spring Breakers: The U.S. has recently issued many new Travel Advisory updates for everyone’s favorite Spring Break destination: Mexico. With the increased risk in many popular destinations within Mexico, it’s smart to consider if you should pivot your Spring Break plans.
With horror stories flooding the news about wide-eyed vacationers being harassed in Ubers and even new warnings about potential kidnapping, travelers must be cautious. In October, three Americans holidaying at an Airbnb in Mexico City died of carbon monoxide poisoning which caused a crackdown on Airbnb regulations.
Many parts of Mexico — Mexico City in particular — are being rapidly gentrified which is affecting local communities and driving the Airbnb boom. With all this in mind, travelers have been warned by Travel Advisory, to exercise increased caution while traveling to a number of hot spots including:
- Baja California Sur state due to crime
- Mexico City due to crime
- Nayarit state due to crime
- Oaxaca state due to crime
- Puebla state due to crime and kidnapping
- Quintana Roo state due to crime and kidnapping
- San Luis Potosi state due to crime and kidnapping
This is not to scare you away from Mexico altogether, but maybe wait it out — especially during Spring Break which is supposed to a euphoric break in the calendar that ushers in the warmer months and should be filled with carefree revelry.
But where can you go that checks all the boxes: fun, warm, safe? Plus, given the unfortunate brevity of Spring Break, you can’t expect a whirlwind world tour. And there’s always the budget to consider — don’t blow all your cash on Spring Break … only to regret it once everyone you know is in Europe this summer but you. You can have it all, you just have to be a bit strategic.
There’s also the notion of avoiding cliches. During those fateful weeks in March, Florida beaches are a minefield. And while, just by the nature of the season, many places will experience increased traffic, you can skip the overwhelming crowds and have much more fun.
So, whether you’re a college student looking to party beyond the confines of your dorm room, a parent planning travel while your kids are home, or a solo traveler looking for their first trip of the year, there's a load of options close to home.
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