Who hasn’t heard the saying “what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico”? No-one would dispute the fact that Mexico is a wonderful place to vacation in; but, like any country in the world, it has it’s do’s and don’ts when it comes to safety and security. Here’s a list of the top 5 things not to do when vacation in Mexico, but if we’re honest number 1 should stand no matter what country you’re in.
- DON’T ever insult a Mexican’s mother
This might seem obvious, and of course mothers in all countries should be treated with respect and dignity, but in Mexico in particular mothers are honored. If you insult a Mexican’s mother then you are very likely to find yourself in trouble that you’d want to avoid.
- DON’T do things you wouldn’t usually do at home
Just because you’re away from the restraints and responsibilities of home doesn’t mean you should change your code of conduct in any way. Even if you don’t know the language, the police and the law are still there to protect you and the residents of the country, so ignorance is no defence against the laws of the land.
- DON’T work!
Leave your laptop at home, switch off your work cell phone and take time to relax, you are on vacation in Mexico to have a great time! There is another meaning to this one, however; working in Mexico illegally is not a good idea because you could find yourself in serious, and costly, trouble.
- DON’T leave a restaurant without tipping
This isn’t illegal, obviously, but is rude and frowned upon; not all people who work in the service industry get a wage, and if they do it’s very low and they depend on tips. Even if you can’t afford to leave a big one, make sure you leave something! In most tourist areas in Mexico, between 15-20% is customary.
- DON’T Swim in the sea when the red flag is up
Most of the main tourist beaches in Mexico are safe for swimming and playing in all the time, but mother-nature has her own plan and sometimes you’ll see a red flag up. When you do, please don’t go swimming; red flags indicate that the current is particularly strong and you could end up being swept out to sea.