Some Facts About Traveling to Mexico

Are you thinking about traveling to Mexico? The country does have plenty of wonderful things to see and do.

20 million travelers from all over the world can’t be wrong, can they? Before you start planning your vacation, here are a few facts about the country that will help you plan and prepare for this exciting excursion.

Learning the Language

Although Mexico shares a border with the United States, the two countries do not share a language. Mexico does not have an official national language but Spanish is the dominant language in the country. While you’re in the towns and cities along the border, you’ll probably find more people who also speak English.

Once you leave that area, you might want a Spanish to English dictionary or a list of common Spanish phrases to help you communicate. Keep in mind that you are more likely to find bi-lingual people in the larger cities and in tourist areas when traveling to Mexico.

Exchanging the Currency

The currency in Mexico is the Peso. If you have US dollars, you might be able to use them in some places, particularly around the border but you’ll end up paying more so going ahead and exchanging your dollars for pesos is a good idea. Keep cash on hand while you’re traveling to Mexico because not all locations are going to accept credit cards. You don’t want to be in need of gas but only able to find gas stations that accept cash when all you have available is a credit card.

Currency exchanges for US dollars can be made almost anywhere in the country, including banks and supermarkets. However, if you are traveling from another country, such as one of the European Union countries, you’ll have a harder time exchanging your currency. Only exchange offices will always take Euros.

Another important thing to remember if you are stopping in smaller towns or cities during your trip through Mexico is to have exact change or at least small bills. In some parts of the country, the idea of giving change for a purchase is not common.

Drinking Water in Mexico

One concern many people have about traveling to Mexico is drinking the water. Tap water in the country does contain some parasites and organisms that will make travelers to the country very ill if consumed. The illness may only last for 48 hours but staying in the bathroom for two days is not a good vacation.

Thankfully, you can avoid this problem by taking precautions.

First, don’t drink tap water in Mexico. You can find bottled water and that’s the best choice. Just be sure the bottles are sealed. Also, don’t drink anything that contains ice either. The ice being used is frozen tap water and will also make you sick.

Keep in mind that drinking the water isn’t the only way you might become ill. Washing your face, brushing your teeth, and even soaking your contact lenses in the water can be bad for your health so always use bottled water.

Hopefully, you’ll find these tips to make traveling to Mexico more enjoyable and less stressful.