If you are making a plan to enjoy a family vacation, then you need to think about a solo vacation. Staying with a family in any vacation destination is a big responsibility on your shoulder. Although there are many vacation destinations in the world, all are not suitable for a family vacation. Safety is the first thing that you need to contemplate when you are with your family. There are a few vacation destinations that can ensure both safety and sanity. And Mexico is one of them. If you plant your feet in this destination with your family, you will remain blissfully happy.
While visiting Mexico, you are advised to register with your local embassy or consulate that your government knows you are there. You can email or call the embassy or consulate, but if it is close it never hurts to drop in and sign the registry. There are lots of useful brochures available, as well as information about any travel advisory updates or weather warnings that could affect your vacation stay.
There are three genuine reasons to make sure that your local foreign office knows of your whereabouts. First off, in the event of an emergency at home, there is someone local that can attempt to reach you if need be. Secondly, if you become a victim of a crime you will be able to receive immediate assistance from your government rather than have to go through local police alone. This is of vital importance if you are left without a passport, or without cash or credit cards. Lastly, if you should find yourself at odds with local law enforcement you are going to need the assistance of consular or embassy staff.
Make sure that you leave information regarding your travel plans with a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor. It is also a good idea to make copies of your airline tickets, travel itinerary, passport and any other travel documents, such as student or work visas that may be applicable. You should leave your original documents locked away in your room of the hotel safe and carry only copies with you. Designate someone you know that is not traveling with you to be your emergency contact. Leave the second set of copies you made of your travel itinerary with the person acting as your emergency contact so he or she knows where you are supposed to be at specific times.
Use your common sense and wits in hotels, on buses, taxis, and trains, or even just walking in the streets of Mexico. You should always use caution no matter where you are, but especially when traveling by bus or other forms of public transportation within Mexico. You should always stay alert during night-time travel, as well as when traveling during times of the day when buses are full. Pickpockets have always been a problem on crowded buses and trains, but lately, tourists being mugged while riding on public transportation are becoming more common. Don't flag down passing taxi cabs. Have your hotel arrange for your taxi. Many crimes are being reported by people who flag down passing taxis.
It should go without saying that you should not carry large amounts of cash or wear flashy jewelry while in Mexico, or anywhere else for that matter. When you look and act like a tourist, you can count on having come to the attention of pickpockets, grifters, and assorted lowlifes. If they don't see anything worth stealing from you they'll leave you alone and seek another tourist that looks worthwhile robbing.
The best place to have a family vacation in Mexico is along the Caribbean or Pacific coasts where you can take part in plenty of water sports and activities in the clear waters. You can scuba dive, fish, swim with dolphins, water ski, surf, and whale watch. There is always something to do in Mexico. If you are tired of swimming, then you can make your way to the many restaurant and cafes that are in Mexico. Your family vacation in Mexico will not be complete without tasting some traditional spicy chilies and nachos.
Do not forget to use caution when drinking in nightclubs or bars, especially during evening hours. People looking to victimize tourists will often resort to drugging them. Don't leave drinks unattended. If you want to dance or go to the washroom finish your drink before you go, then order another when you return. And lastly, never let a stranger bring you a drink that was out of your sight. Most women know the risk of having date drugs slipped into their drinks, so instinctively protect themselves against having it happen. In Mexico however, drugs slipped into drinks are more likely to happen to men to incapacitate them enough to be easily robbed.
If you need help while in Mexico you should contact your consulate or embassy. However, there's also a 24-hour hotline for the Mexican Ministry of Tourism, which can help with a great many tourist-related issues. Mexico of course has a version of the 911 emergency number to contact fire, police, or ambulance. The emergency number within Mexico The city is 060, and 066 for everywhere else in Mexico. There is also a Mexican chapter of the Red Cross that can help if you're injured and need medical help. The Red Cross provides basic medical assistance free of charge.
Booking of Accommodations
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Mexico is an ideal vacation destination for your family in terms of safety and sanity. Regarding your and your family’s accommodations, you can book one of the villas in Mexico, furnished with all the modern facilities and amenities. Various tips have been explained above. Contemplate them before you set out to enjoy a family in this vacation destination.