If you are a retired traveler and want to visit Mexico you have a great advantage over the average tourist. Not having the hassle of dealing with a work schedule lets you travel when and where you want and gives you the option of vacationing in the off season. You can save a substantial amount of money and avoid huge crowds by doing this.
The summer months are the slowest time of year for tourism in Mexico and the best time for great deals. If you enjoy shopping and organized tours more than spending time at the beach then this time of year would be perfect for you. Although the temperatures are much higher in the summer most shops and tour-buses are air-conditioned, so the heat might not be as much of a concern. Also, with smaller crowds of tourists, as well as more visitors in your age bracket, it is much easier to get around and much quieter at night.
You will find that the infrastructure in Mexico lags behind that of the United States and, if you are handicapped, you may find it difficult to go to certain places. There are few wheelchair ramps or handicapped restrooms in Mexico and in some areas there aren’t even handrails for most stairways. If this will be an issue you should speak to your travel agent about the area that you will be visiting. Try to stay with groups of people when walking through public areas and avoid traveling at night. Older travelers might be seen as easy targets for theft or assault. This is one reason that seniors usually prefer to travel with tour groups.
Staying safe and protecting your property while on vacation in Mexico is important for any traveler, but can be more challenging for a senior citizen. Older tourists may be targeted for theft or confidence scams because of the perception of being an easier mark. Common sense approaches, such as staying with groups and using a hotel safe to secure valuables, should be used, but the best approach is to avoid areas where crime is prevalent. Speaking with a travel agent or tour operator before you make travel arrangements can be the best way to get information on safer, more secure destinations.
There are many tour operators that put together group tours and provide organization to your trip that will supply all the necessities and take all the work of planning activities out of your hands. If you would rather vacation independently you are still able to access many senior discounts to lodging and restaurants. Always ask for any discounts when making the reservation for your room or ordering your meal, as many places will refuse to honor a discount once the order has been made.
Travel to Mexico provides a wonderful cultural experience and a whole lot of fun for people of all ages. There are unending choices of shopping, dining, and activities to choose from. There are thousands of years of history waiting to be rediscovered in museums and archeological sites. And great weather can be enjoyed year round in most areas of Mexico. Have a great time!