Mexico Travel Costs:
The first thing I want to say is that Mexico is not as dangerous as people make it out to be. I can say with confidence that Mexico is just as safe as parts of the USA.
Travel Mexico on a budget
Mexico is very big, and just because there’s violence in parts of the North does not mean the whole country is a failed state. Major cities in the US have ridiculous crime rates too, but that doesn’t mean it’s unsafe for foreigners to visit our country.
In touristy towns the local population sees you as a dollar sign, another reason I’m glad I didn’t spend too much time in these places.
For the most part though, the people I met in Mexico were all incredibly friendly, hard working, patient, and generous individuals. Many would insist on buying drinks or cooking food for me, without wanting anything in return other than conversation and friendship. Complete strangers would help me with directions or interpret bus announcements.
In my 5 weeks of travel through the Yucatan, I only met a handful of travelers from the United States. Most travelers I met were from Europe or Mexico City. The summer season is slow here because of the heat, and boy did I feel it. I got used to not having AC after a while though, and changing my shirt twice a day. Cold showers were actually nice in the afternoons.
Scuba diving cenotes and underground rivers
Hiking the ancient Mayan ruins of Calakmul
Eating tons of delicious Mexican food
Summer heat in the Yucatan is brutal
Mexico is plenty safe & friendly
I’m becoming a lot more relaxed and patient with problems that pop up from time to time, as they did in Mexico. Bus breakdowns in the middle of nowhere, towns without working ATMs, getting caught in downpour, no hot water, walking everywhere, foreign language issues, power outages, lack of air conditioning in 102 degree heat and other experiences I had in Mexico make minor inconveniences I’ve experienced in the US seem ridiculous.
Here is a breakdown of how much money I spent during my 5 weeks in Mexico:
DAYS = 36
TOTAL SPENT = $995 US
DAILY AVERAGE = $27.64 US
Food & Drink: $367 US (groceries, restaurants, water, alcohol)
Accommodation: $327 US (hostels, hotels, camping fees)
Transportation: $149 US (buses, taxis, boats)
Activities: $86 US (entrance fees, rentals, classes, tours, etc.)
Other: $66 US (laundry, internet, phone, toiletries, souvenirs, etc.)