strong>Spring Break is almost here and I am sure that a lot of college kids are getting all geared up for some traveling. We might not be of that age group but the chances are that we all have someone in the family who are. If you have children, other family members, or friends who are thinking of hitting the road during Spring Break, here is a piece of advice for them, courtesy of the United States government.
Travel to Mexico is not advised. The Department of State issued this warning late in February:
This Travel Alert updates security information for U.S. citizens traveling and living in Mexico. It supersedes the Travel Alert for Mexico dated October 15, 2008, and expires on August 20, 2009.
While millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year (including thousands who cross the land border every day for study, tourism or business), violence in the country has increased recently. It is imperative that travelers understand the risks of travel to Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situations, and whom to contact if one becomes a crime victim. Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.
The thing is, this kind of warning applies every single month of the year, at least in Mexico. While I do not seriously think that it warrants the cancellation of Spring Break plans, it would be good to give everyone involved a heads up – just in case.