Overall, my time in Mexico has been super super chill, with no real challenges at any point, like being on holiday. There is so much natural beauty, things to do for all tastes, good food, friendly hosts, and wonderful fellow travelers. It’s a great place to visit. I have no terrible stories, which is good for me but bad for blog content. (Sorry everyone!)
I visited seven cities in three states (Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Chiapas) with all sorts of different attractions and weather. Some days were 90+ and on the beach and others were spent huddled under woolen blankets. I spent 20 hours on buses, 10 of which were the overnight Tulum to Palenque. Buses were fairly on time and clean, but absolutely frigid!
I spent my days and my nights with some amazing fellow travelers: 3 Americans, 4 Canadians, 4 Australians, 3 Germans, 1 Dutch, and 1 Brit. I stayed in a number of hostels, some I loved, others were ok, and one I would not stay at again if they paid me (hostel reviews soon!). I arrived with a stuffy nose, got an ear infection and a cough–everyone in the hostels seems to have one–but no stomach issues whatsoever.
Travel logistics have been easy, no jet lag meant no disorientation, there was minimal culture shock, and I quickly adjusted to the pace of travel life (perhaps helped by my unemployment rhythm beforehand?). The tourist trail is well trod and figuring out what/how to do something next is a piece of cake. At no point have I been robbed, outrageously swindled, felt unsafe or even bothered. I never felt uncomfortable traveling as a single woman.
I stayed longer than I planned, and I wish I had even more time. It’s been a great three weeks here. I can’t wait for another trip to visit other parts of Mexico; it is a great place to travel and I would recommend it!
Glad to hear everything went well in Mexico, Erin. The good news is that you have been in what is probably the safest, most touristed part of the country. I have talked with friends who have been to Cancun and the Yucatan and they have had no problems — they too say it is beautiful. I think it is the areas disputed or controlled by the various warring drug cartels that are the most dangerous and problematic. Enjoy the next phase of your travels!