Many travel addicts are already planning next year’s spring and summer trips. And while exotic destinations like Greece and Thailand are still very popular, a lot of travellers choose to plan an equally exotic trip to Mexico.

What makes Mexico extremely popular year after year is its diverse natural beauty, rich historical and cultural heritage and lively culture. Mexico can accommodate both those looking to enjoy nature and those looking for a wild nightlife scene. However, there is a lot that the average traveller does not know about Mexico. In this article, we are going to give you a few useful tips to help you effectively plan your trip to Mexico!

Places to visit in Mexico
View on Pacific coast of Mexico resort town of Mismaloya near Puerto Vallarta –

How to Plan an Epic Trip to Mexico

Entry Paperwork

All US citizens including infants need a valid passport if they’re planning to visit Mexico. The passport’s expiration date should be at least half a year away from the departure date. The only exception is if you’re visiting the border zone for less than 72 hours. In any other case, you are required to have a passport.

Apart from your passport, you need an authorized migratory form. There are several forms depending on how long you plan on staying in Mexico. You can get these forms at a Mexican consulate or an immigration office.

If you plan on heavily packing for the trip you will also need a customs form, as families are only allowed to carry up to $300 worth of items into Mexico.

You should also be aware that some items like guns and even some animals are illegal to import into Mexico. You should consult a Mexican Consulate for more info on what you can and cannot bring with you.

Finally, if you plan on visiting Mexico with your own car, you will need a separate Mexican car insurance policy, as your US insurance policy is not valid in Mexico. What Mexican insurance does is cover for any injuries to other drivers or damage that you might cause while in Mexico.

Dangers of Travel in Mexico

A lot of people avoid travelling to Mexico because the country is often portrayed as a violent country with the risk of being stuck in a middle of a gang shootout or a drug cartel war.

And while it’s true that Mexico does have its problems with drug cartels that often clash with each other or the Police in violent shootouts, that’s not true for every single part of the country.

Corruption and crime are local problems that do not affect the tourists. Otherwise, Mexico wouldn’t have been that popular destination to begin with. Unless you look for trouble yourself, chances are you will never see that side of Mexico at all.

Vaccines Recommended for Mexico

Anyone visiting Mexico will need proof that they are up to date with all mandatory vaccines like measles, polio and tetanus.

Tourists should also consider receiving shots for Hepatitis A and B, as well as typhoid. If you plan on spending a lot of time in rural areas or wild, unexplored nature, you might also want to get a rabies shot. Apart from these, tourists are advised to have antimalarial drugs if they plan on visiting areas where the risk of contracting this disease is high.

Moving past the language barrier in Mexico

While the vast majority of the younger population can speak English, it is advised that you at least learn the basics of Spanish. Not only is it a beautiful language but understanding the fundamentals will help you with your travels! Given that we do live in the digital age, use it to your benefit and make use of free helpful videos on YouTube.

When planning your trip to Mexico, you should also know that there are a number of Spanish teachers offering remote teaching popping up, so you could have a few skype/zoom sessions before you go.

See also The Benefits of Learning a Language Before You Travel.

Transport in Mexico

If you are planning a trip to Mexico, it is essential that you figure out how to not only travel to this dream destination, but how you will get around when you arrive. Without a doubt, one of the best ways to get around Mexico is via the subway. Not only is it incredibly reliable but it is affordable too.  

Keep in mind that it can get pretty crowded, and as it goes with most mass transit systems, you do run the risk of pickpockets—so make extra sure to keep your belongings close.

One of the many perks of taking a trip to Mexico is that women in Mexico City can ride on the women/children only cars. They are usually located at the front of the train.

Transport on a trip to Mexico
Green public transportation bus on busy street in Tijuana, Mexico.

Highlights of a trip to Mexico

Mexico’s inherent beauty is what draws most people to visit this wonderful country. This country is among the most diverse countries in the world.

It encompasses several ecosystems and diverse topography. The country is home to more than a thousand bird species, as well as 540 mammals and 700 reptiles.

Whether you choose to visit the gorgeous Yucatán coastline (including Kohunlich and Merida) or the butterfly heaven of Michoacán, you will not regret your decision. You can also join a fitness retreat in Mexico if you want to combine workouts with adventure and sightseeing.

The best times of the year to visit Mexico

When it comes to planning your trip to Mexico, it is essential that you establish what exactly you want to do when you arrive. Your itinerary will help you figure out the best time of the year to visit.

If you plan on visiting between the months of January and February, you will be able to witness the great migrations. During this time, you will get to experience the bewildering migration of butterflies and whales – both of which make for an appealing view.

If you are looking to explore all of Mexico without the blistering heat or freezing cold, taking a trip to Mexico in May is ideal. You will experience a gentle warmth and will get to see its slow rainfalls.

For those looking for a culturally immersive experience, then the month of September is the best time to take a trip to Mexico. This is when you get to witness the festive independence celebration where the entire nation gathers around for the parade.

If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime then taking a trip to Mexico should definitely be at the top of your bucket list. With the help of this article, you are in for memories that will last a lifetime!


  • Travel Dudes

    I'm sure you've had similar experiences I had whilst traveling. You're in a certain place and a fellow traveler, or a local, tip you off on a little-known beach, bar or accommodation. Great travel tips from other travelers or locals always add something special to our travels. That was the inspiration for Travel Dudes.