Today I was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor about spring break trips to Mexico right now. The main question was, “Should students simply avoid Mexico because of the drug wars?” Personally, I think that might be a bit extreme. That’s like saying, “Most attacks against women happen at night, therefore you should never go out after dark.” The thing is, life is risk. Crime and violence are something we must live with for now, until we find a way to make everyone agree a peaceful world is the way to go. So until that eutopian society emerges, let’s get smart, get empowered and make informed choices.
Furthermore, there’s nothing I hate more than people telling young women to make choices stemming from fear. So many women I meet on the road are truly paralyzed in their life out of fearing for their personal safety. It’s sad, and you have to wonder what great contributions are being held back from a nation of incredible women becuase we’re scared of our shadows! Think about it. What places have you not seen out of fear? What experiences have you missed out of fear? Most women have at least one big regret in this department.
That being said, let’s not make choices out of ignorance either. No matter what life issue at hand, I believe it’s always good to be educated. Do your homework. Read up on your options, and make conscious decisions. Whether this is about health or finance or real estate or safety, know the facts before you leap. So if you’re thinking about heading to Mexico, I highly recommend you turn to the Internet. The Bureau of Consular Affairs does a good job of keeping its pulse on all the contries in the world. Click here to read about the safety precautions and the spots to avoid in Mexico right now.
As I write this now, I’m in sunny Flordida. Travel is your friend! Wishing you all happy journeys and safe returns.