A frequent contributor to this blog who spends a great deal of time in Mexico has suggested that I open up a discussion about personal safety. This might be my “least favorite” topic but it is also one that I’ve had to address frequently since I first began writing about Mexico almost 40 years ago. Now, however, with the savage narco war showing no signs of cooling down, the issue is far more complex.
To get this discussion rolling, I’m hoping that those of you who have travelled in Mexico recently or perhaps live there now, will contribute your thoughts and personal experiences. I want to emphasize “personal experience” because there’s far too much second and third-hand negative news about Mexico floating around these days to bother with it here. In fact, I’ll be moderating this conversation to be sure that it stays on topic.
Do you feel safe in Mexico? Have you changed your travel or retirement plans because of concerns about safety? Would you recommend Mexico to a friend? What kind of precautions do you take in Mexico?