This week I read a very interesting article about things you should not do in Cancun. Although the author was focused on Cancun, the tips are good no matter where you travel. I’ve included a few of the things I thought worth repeating:
- Don’t just stay at your resort. We travel to see the world so get out and take some excursions and see something of the area you are visiting. I’ll never forget stumbling on a First Communion class getting ready to go into church with all the parents gathered around with their cameras and phones. It really made me realize that people are more alike than different. I could have been looking at the same scene at my church in Lansing.
- Avoid touristy restaurants. Try to find something authentic.. If you go into a restaurant and there are pictures on the menu or it is written in several languages, it’s a safe bet that they cater to tourists. You probably won’t see many locals in those types of restaurants.
- If you can avoid renting a car in a foreign country, you will be happier. Many countries drive on the opposite side of the road and have mostly manual transmissions. Also, your driver is not going to be able to enjoy the scenery as he/she has to concentrate on driving.
- Try the street food. If you are worried about getting sick, look for stalls with lots of people gathered around and try to find places where the food is prepared on the spot.
- Research whether or not you can drink the water. Many places in Europe have great water. If you are in many places in Mexico, you will probably want to drink bottled water and may even use bottled water to brush your teeth.
- Take local currency with you. In many popular resort areas in Mexico and throughout the Caribbean you may be able to use dollars but I would take some local currency. Don’t every exchange your money at the airport. Instead, go to a local bank or ATM, preferable one attached to a bank, to get cash. Your credit card company will give you a much better rate of exchange than you’ll get at local places or the airport.
- If you are traveling to Mexico you will be given a Multiple Immigration form to complete. It has 2 parts. The bottom half will be returned to you by customs and you will need it to exit Mexico. If you lose it, you will pay a fine to get another. I usually keep mine with my passport so I have it when needed. –adapted from Fodor’s Travel, 4-5-22
I pray that all of you have had a Blessed Easter and Passover.