Friday, 6 November 2009

Travelling in Mexico despite drug violence, swine flu

There’s some useful advice, reports from travellers to Mexico, and quotes from yours truly to give perspective in Traveling in Mexico despite drug violence, H1N1 flu (by Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Sunday Travel section, 8 November 2009):

Charles Pope … visits Tijuana and Mexicali up to four times a month…. Pope dines out, drives at night and said he wouldn’t hesitate to go to a baseball game, a lucha libre (professional wrestling match) or an event at the Tijuana Cultural Center….

If you set flu aside, said Edward Hasbrouck, author of The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World, the biggest danger for a law-abiding traveler in Mexico is probably “the same as the big danger in the U.S. — road crashes. Almost everything else is negligible by comparison.”

But Hasbrouck said, “You have to evaluate not only ‘Is it safe?’ but also, ‘Will I be so frightened that I won’t enjoy my trip?’ “

Meanwhile the Consumer Travel Alliance reports that the majority of respondents to two independent (although unscientific) polls would fly with swine flu rather than forfeit nonchangeable tickets or pay prohibitive change fees, suggesting that all air travellers would be at less risk if airlines returned to the “good old days” when the rules of most fares permitted refunds or changes without penalty in case of medical exigency.

[Follow-up by Christopher Reynolds, perhaps prompted by my comments: Where Americans die abroad, and why: By the numbers (L. A. Times travel blog, 9 November 2009). “Of course you should beware of crime while planning and making your next international trip. But the numbers say that if you’re among the unlucky few to die, a car, bus or motorcycle is more likely to kill you.”]

Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 6 November 2009, 17:00 ( 5:00 PM)

Safety is the first concern of travel. People still travel as there's no less danger at home than traveling abroad. Good before-hand preparation is important. Also, finding a dependable local guide at destination can make the trip easier and safer.

Posted by: Jean, 12 November 2009, 00:50 (12:50 AM)
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