WHAT IT IS
- The U.S. State Department issued a warning cautioning students against traveling to Mexico for Spring Break.
- The warning highlights 14 of Mexico’s 31 states.
- Mexico is plagued with endemic violence.
WHY IT MATTERS
Mexico is a tourist trap for college students looking to travel somewhere warm and sunny during Spring Break. Certain parts of Mexico, as stated by the U.S. State Travel Department, are riddled with crime and are too dangerous for students to vacation in. U.S. citizens have been the victims of homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery. With 50% of college students expressing interest in traveling somewhere warm for break, and with Mexico as a top destination, avoiding certain areas could keep many students safe.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- The warning expanded from April, 2016 to include the popular destinations of Baja California Sur, Guerrero and Nayarit
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- How does our presence as tourists affect crime in the places we travel to?
- Do we hold any responsibility as visitors?
- Should we risk our safety for experiencing a new place?
- What precautions can we put in place for ourselves and others to ensure safety while traveling?