As Lonely Planet’s US Travel Editor, I frequently get asked if it’s safe to go to Mexico. I have always said that, if you’re thoughtful about where you go, The answer is Yes. But, after my most recent trip there, I’m answering the question with another question: Do you think it’s safe to go to Texas?
What you don’t get from reports in the US is statistical evidence Americans are less likely to face violence in Mexico than home,The gateway to Disney World, Orlando, saw 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents in 2010 according to the FBI; higher than Cancun or Puerto Vallarta. Yet in March, the Texas Department of Public Safety advised against “spring break” travel anywhere in Mexico. Why the singular focus? (more…)