Ever been to Mexico?
If you have, awesome. If you haven’t well, go if you have a chance. It’s easy and great fun.I had a question today from a friend who’s currently making her way from L.A to Mexico, by foot.
She asked me for tips on crossing the border by land. Fair questions too. First, she’s a woman, a girl and it can be scary. Its a shame but it must be harder for female travellers. It’s not fair but its a fact. Should it be scary? No. Is it as scary as the media makes out? No, as I have been told, however, everyone is helped by tips. Second, its Tijuana.
Now, I’m a pretty easy-going traveller; I tend to float around and usually make no plans. It could be because I am lazy, or it could be because I like to make it up as I go along. Over time, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a little of both. Though I think the ratio of the mix swings from week to week.So, I got asked for a couple of tips.
This is what I said:
From San Diego, you need to get to the Tijuana border by a tram, or light rail. You can’t leg it. I did that between Brazil and Argentina, and I’ll never make that mistake again.
If you have the opportunity to travel our of the USA by plane, do it. The border crossing looks like it does in the movies. Its all calm going to Mexico, but coming back its calamity.
Have somewhere to go. I didn’t have a motel, hotel, hostel planned. I walked across and wandered with a backpack. It would have been a hell of a lot easier and less stressful if I knew where I could go to put my possessions down. (I eventually found a place with screaming, ranting madman the next room.)
Know some Spanish. I knew a bit, but I couldn have known a little more. The lesson? Don’t wait until the train trip from LA to San Diego to start listening to some lessons.
For me the rest is simple. Relax. Stick to those 4 tips. From there my tip is to Travel 🙂
If you have any questions please email me!