We live in unpredictable times; I don't think anyone will dispute this. Crime and danger can be all around us from the big urban cities to the small rural town in the middle of our heartland. There is no safe space anymore.
With the click of a mouse, a swipe of a finger or button on a remote we can see bad news anywhere in the world as if it just happened next door to us five minutes ago. There has never been a time when we've been as connected to far off countries and cultures as we are today.
Bad news has a way of spreading like the wildfires that are all too common recently here in the Texas Panhandle. Bombings, killings, natural disasters, crashes, riots.....on and on and on. Many times this news also includes inaccurate reporting or incomplete details that may not be apparent at first glance.
I'm not going to defend nor condemn Mexico, that's not what this article is about. I am only using Mexico as an example because of the frenzy surrounding it and the travel community lately. This article is about being informed and making your own decisions based on what you have learned.
There is currently a Level 2 security advisory for Mexico. There is also Level 2 security advisories for the following countries (Please note several top tourist destinations are on this list):
Papua New Guinea
Israel, The West Bank, and Gaza
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
I'd be willing to bet if the US ranked itself on the State Department website, we'd be at least a Level 2 advisory. Several other nations seem to think we are at high risk to their citizens while traveling here. Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, among others, have warnings or advisories for their citizens that are traveling to the United States. Those warnings include:
We all know about Chicago's high crime rate, yet we travel to Chicago. Why? Basically, we know that the majority of the violence is concentrated in specific areas and we know to stay away from those areas. Even in your own hometown, you know which areas to avoid to decrease your risk of being a victim of crime. You read the papers, see the statistics, and watch the news.
(650 homicides in Chicago in 2017 vs around 205 in Cancun in 2017)
When it comes to traveling to a different country, you don't always know this information. It is my job as a Travel Consultant to start you down the path of knowledge, and you give you the pros and cons of specific destinations. I work for YOU, not a particular destination, resort or cruise line.
I direct my clients to the US State Department website listed earlier in this post. This site has the most up to date travel warnings and advisories for travelers who may be concerned. In the case of Mexico. It is at a Level 2 overall advisory. Specific areas have an increased risk, and some regions travel is discouraged.
I cannot tell you where you should go and where you will be safest. Nobody can. Stuff happens EVERYWHERE. There are a few common-sense tips I do give to clients:
Your vacation shouldn't be stressful or leave you filled with worry and anxiety. If you come to me and voice your concerns for a certain destination, we will have an open discussion and I will try to help you understand the area to the best of my knowledge and direct you to the organizations or sites you can look at to learn more. It is my job to find you the best fit for what you are looking for.
Over the past four years, I have helped numerous clients have the time of their lives on trips to Mexico, Dominican Republic, numerous other islands within the Caribbean as well as Central and South America. I have not had one client ever complain to me about safety issues they felt during their trip.
Outta Here Travels is here for you and your travel needs. You will get my personalized service and knowledge that you can't get from online travel sites. You get me, not a computer chip on the other side of the screen. You are a person with feelings and needs, not data and a series of 0's and 1's, and you deserve to be treated as such.
If you are contemplating taking a trip, I'd love to speak to you. You can contact me using the form below and I will get back to you ASAP.
Michelle Osborn, cta
Michelle has been designing awe-inspiring journeys and creating treasured memories since July, 2014 for her clients located all over the United States.
Our travel adventures and missteps. Sometimes on our own, sometimes with our kids, but always having fun!