trip to Mexico can be a once in a lifetime experience for some people, and just
a regular holiday for others. But regardless if you’ve never been before or if
this is your twentieth visit, if you’re planning a trip to Mexico then here are
some things you can do to prepare for your trip beforehand.
Learn some of the
you’re a native English speaker, then you’ll probably be used to everyone being
able to speak English all the time. And although you will find people within
the tourist industry can speak English, if you want to visit more local
restaurants or have a better experience I couldn’t recommend learning some
are some ways you can learn a bit of Spanish before you go. First I would
recommend downloading the app Duolingo. It’s fun, it’s interactive and it will
teach you a lot of Spanish vocabulary very quickly. Secondly, I would recommend
finding a good Spanish book to read to help you. You’ll need a book for your trip
anyway, so why not one in Spanish. Lingo Press Books have a great selection of Spanish
books for beginners to get you started. Finally I would recommend finding
some Spanish speakers in your area to practise with. You’ll be amazed at how
easy it is to find language partners.
Remember Mexico is
a big country with different climates
very easy to just think Mexico is hot so I’ll take my bikini. But Mexico is
enormous, and with large countries comes different climates that you may not
have taken into consideration.
parts of Mexico can be humid and hot, while other have more arid conditions.
And in some places, you’ll be surprised to find out that you can even be cold.
Make sure you research the regions you’re going to visit carefully before you
go and pack accordingly. You don’t want to show up with your bikini and be
wishing you’d brought a jumper.
if you are from a cooler climate, remember that parts of Mexico can be really
hot. Try and protect yourself from the sun, especially if you have paler skin.
don’t worry; this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. You just need some
careful planning, that’s all.
Try and time your
trip to coincide with the holidays
has fun and interesting festivals that are different from other countries. If
you’re flexible with the time you can travel, then it might be worth your while
timing your vacation to coincide with one of the major Mexican festivals.
has a few but the most famous would probably be Day of the Dead. Of course, by
featuring in popular culture, the Day of the Dead has become more and more
popular and you might find that some places are getting overrun with tourtists.
Another holiday you could check out is the Cinco de Mayo. Which ever one you
choose, the holidays will be rich with Mexican culture and will definitely be
something that you would like to experience.
Avoid spring break
break is a popular American holiday that leads thousands of students to parts
of Mexico every year. During this time of year, they party, drink and can be a
bit of a nuisance. If you like to party this may be the time of year for you.
But if you want to avoid higher prices, drunk students and busy streets then
this may be a time that you try to avoid.
not all of Mexico is flooded with spring breakers but there are definitely some
areas which are more popular than others, for example Cancún. This shouldn’t be
too much of an issue but if you’re looking for some peace and quiet on your
holiday then you may want to consider timing it for a different part of the
The boring but
may be different in terms of health to the country that you’re from, so make
sure you have all vaccinations that you need and if it’s necessary to take
medication while you’re there, make sure you’re all stocked up.
you need a visa to enter Mexico? Make sure to check out the visa requirements
from your country to enter Mexico. And if this is something you do need, make
sure you’ve applied for one well in advance to avoid disappointment.
may sound overkill, but make sure you check out where the embassy is, and what
to do if you get into trouble. Hopefully nothing bad will happen on your
holiday but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
these are the things that I would recommend doing to prepare for your trip to
Mexico. If you go with an open mind, try and embrace the culture and make the
most out of your time there, then I’m sure you’ll have a great time.