Tips on How to Avoid “Announcing” Yourself as a Tourist in Mexico
It is obvious that blending in a foreign country is important. Back home, many of us tend to enjoy sticking out like a sore thumb. However, standing out from the crowd while traveling, can land any tourist in big trouble. You not only become a target for thieves, but also the locals might find your attitude and/or dress offensive.
The following easy tips will help you blend in without trouble when traveling around in Mexico:
Each item you pack into your suitcase should serve a specific purpose. As such, “being stylish” should come second to the main function of the item. Items such as gold jewelry, expensive bags, flimsy shoulder bags, expensive clothing, etc., should be left at home. They don’t serve any purpose and only make you more vulnerable to robbery. You should re-consider any jewelry that you pack because if the thief thinks that they are the least bit expensive, they will grab it.
The idea is that you pack items and clothes that will not announce that you are a tourist – particularly if they indicate you are a rich tourist. Another factor to consider when visiting not only Mexico but also more religious or conservative countries is modesty. The point is to blend in and also be respectful of the local culture.
If you want to travel with expensive gear, then it is advisable to roughen them up and make them look old and used. You can do this by accessorizing your expensive items with duct tape, or just carry them a in an ordinary, dirty backpack. Ensure that all logos are hidden since some thieves know the value of certain items such as cameras (especially DSLR cameras) and they can rob you if they spot the logo.
Do As the Locals in a City Do
Observe your surroundings to get a feel for the atmosphere and then try to mimic the locals in order to blend in. In addition, try to engage with the locals by talking to them and asking for their advice on what to see or do in that particular city. This will help you blend in and experience the local life. It is a good way to avoid traps of many big cities.
Avoid Carrying Your Valuables When Exploring
Keep your passport, laptop and Visa card under lock and key at your hotel and bring only the essentials when moving about in the city. The point is that you should assume a minimalist mentality. The fewer amounts of valuables you carry in your purse, pocket or backpack, the less you have to worry about. This will allow you to relax and enjoy yourself.
Avoid Violating Mexican Auto Insurance Laws by Purchasing Mexican Auto Policy
If you are set to take a trip to Mexico, you need to understand how your car insurance works while driving in the country. In Mexico, U.S. and Canadian car insurance policies are not valid. This means it is a must for you to obtain the right Mexican auto insurance so that you can drive legally in Mexico. With the advent of the internet, getting your policy is relatively easy.
To avoid contravening Mexican insurance laws, you will need to purchase at minimum, liability coverage. In the event that you cause an accident, the damages you cause to other parties as well as injuries to the other party and his passengers will be catered for by your liability coverage.
Just like in the U.S. and Canada, auto insurance in Mexico includes similar general categories, meaning you can purchase additional liability if you think it is essential. For instance, you may want to add comprehensive and collision coverage for additional protection.