My Mexico.

I have always been fascinated by Mexico.

I remember the first time I saw the Mexican flag. I was at the library, and I saw the flag in a book. It stopped me dead. I mean, look that flag!

“An eagle, holding a serpent in its talon, is perched on top of a prickly pear cactus; the cactus is situated on a rock that rises above a lake. The coat of arms is derived from an Aztec legend that their gods told them to build a city where they spot an eagle on a nopal eating a serpent, which is now Mexico City.” Thank you Wikipedia.

Compared to our Canadian flag, or the US flag, this one conjured up a whole lot of imaginary scenarios in an eight year old boy’s brain. That led me down what we now call a rabbit hole, only this one involved a stack of books instead of a bunch of browser tabs. I found the addresses of the Mexican Embassy in Life magazine and lied a little, saying I was doing a school project and I needed a lot of information on Mexico. To my surprise, they sent a huge envelope full of maps, brochures, and even a little Mexican flag.

It wasn’t until I was almost 40 that I could afford to make my first trip to Mexico in the late 80s. Even though that trip consisted of a lot of drinking and sunburns and not much else, I was hooked. Through the years and dozens of trips to Mexico, my interest has only deepened. I love Mexico, and have never had a negative experience there. Road trips, bus adventures, getting off the beaten track, all the things that our government tells you not to do I have done. And I have met some of the most wonderful people. Warm, caring, helpful people who have made my experiences so much better.

So, it deeply disturbs me when I see US government travel advisories that reek of politics, and not reality. Yes, I know you have to be careful, be aware of your surroundings, and not get into stupid situations. Exactly the same things I do in America.

The good news is that US tourism to Mexico is increasing. We just received the latest full year statistics for 2017 showing that US visits to Mexico increased by almost 13%. Mexico continues to be the top destination in the world for Americans.

If you’re interested in a deep dive into Mexican tourism, and a look at the future, this article in Skift is excellent.

We at Zoonie Travel will help you book the trip of a lifetime to Mexico. And we’ll do it for free. Just let us know a few details and we’ll get you started.

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