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Americans love to travel to Mexico. In fact, our southern neighbor is one of the most popular international destination for American travelers. After all, Mexico is world-famous for its low prices, great vacation resorts, white sandy beaches, and cool blue water.

Just reading that probably makes you want to start packing your bags and planning a trip to Mexico. But wait. Before you pack your suitcase, let’s talk about 10 things you need to know before you travel to Mexico.

1-Mexico has Varied Landscape

When most people think of Mexico, they picture sitting on a beach chair in Cancun. Mexico has so much more than resorts and beaches, though. The country also has lush pine forests like in the Mexican Central Plateau. There’s also extensive marine life like manatees and whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. In fact, Mexico has some of the most varied landscapes in the world. Visit Cancun, but make sure to explore other places in Mexico, too.

2- Mexico Has Over 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Mexico is full of natural beauty, historical sites, and ruins. There are 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico, with some dating back to ancient times. For example, you can witness the billions of butterflies that gather in Michoacán and the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. If you love adventures, nature, and history, Mexico is a large playground awaiting exploration.

3- Mexico is Safe

Many people planning a trip to Mexico wonder if they will be safe. You shouldn’t worry when traveling to Mexico. It’s a safe destination, especially if you stick to the main tourist areas. Consider taking additional precautions, like always telling a friend or a hotel staff person where you’re going and how long you’ll be staying. Also, remember not to drink too much, especially if you’re out by yourself. Above all, remember that millions of people visit Mexico every year without an incident. Stop stressing, and enjoy your trip.

4- Buses Are A Convenient Way to Travel The Country

Buses are one of the safest and cheapest ways to travel Mexico. Many even have executive and first-class options for those who want extra comfort and luxury. No matter which class you choose, most buses offer reclining seats, movies, air conditioning, and more.

5- Know When to Visit Mexico

Mexico has different temperate zones, so do a little research to learn more about the climate for your destination. If you are headed to the coast, there’s no bad time to visit, since the temperatures stay nice and warm almost all year round. In the southern and central parts of the country, summer is the rainy season.

6- Learn Basic Phrases

I suggest learning as much Spanish as possible, but at the very least, you should know at least a few phrases. Learning simple words for “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome” make a huge difference when traveling abroad. Using these little phrases during your everyday interactions with locals leads to more smiles, nicer treatment, and an overall happier vacation.

7- Eat Everything

The food in Mexico is delicious! There are so many things to eat and try in Mexico that I don’t even know where to begin. Thinking about chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, elote, and tamales makes my mouth water. Eat and drink as much as possible, and you won’t go wrong no matter what delicious food you choose.

8- Leave Cancun and Explore

While Cancun is rightfully famous, there’s so much more to see all across the country. Head inland or down the coast to see ancient pyramids, thick forests, and vibrant cities. Mexico is as captivating as it is charming, and you never know what you’ll find.

9- Make Copies Before You Go

Before taking an international flight, make copies of your credit cards, passport, airlines tickets, and other important documents. Then send the copies to yourself by email or save them securely via Dropbox. If anything goes wrong along the way, you’ll have a backup of your documents. This makes life a lot easier.

10 – Plan Your Trip Now

The last thing to know before traveling to Mexico is that you should get there as soon as possible. You never know what path your life will take. If Mexico is on your bucket list, make it happen now!

Mexico is a stunning, affordable, and exciting destination. Double check these 10 things to know before you travel to Mexico, and enjoy life in the sun.

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