With its many gorgeous beaches and quaint colonial cities, Mexico is a popular destination for many vacationers, but if you are wondering how to plan a vacation to Mexico, you’ll need to know how to travel there and how to plan your time and activities. Mexico is a larger country than many people realize, and in order to make the most of a visit you will have to consider the following:
- You’ll need to decide which region of Mexico you’d like to visit. Typically it is best to fly to one major region and spend most of your time in that area because air travel between regions of Mexico can be expensive and travel by bus is time-consuming. Choose one area and plan to stay there and explore.
- Try to determine ahead of time if you want to stay in one location at a large resort or if you want to stay in a smaller hotel or vacation rental. Renting an apartment often allows you more contact with local residents, while staying at a resort minimizes the amount of planning and research you have to do.
- Research and plan to visit local tourist attractions. It helps to you know the average cost of tours and trips because you can determine a fair price from the best tour operator. Stick to official tour providers and avoid using anyone who does not appear to have a local license to operate.
- If you make reservations for lodging, rental cars, or transportation make sure you print and carry copies of the reservation. If there is an option to do so print both an English and Spanish copy.
- If you don’t speak Spanish purchase a small book of phrases. This can help you if you have any problems, especially in more remote areas.
- Consider purchasing travel insurance or check with your own health insurance provider. Many major American medical insurance companies have preferred providers in tourist destinations in Mexico, and you will know how to contact these services in case of an emergency
- You will need current a passport from your country of residence in order to legally travel into Mexico. Once you arrive you will be processed in immigration, and they will give you a tourist visa. You need to keep this tourist card and present it to the airlines when you exit Mexico.