What you need to know to stay safe when traveling to Mexico

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Mexico is a longstanding popular travel destination for Americans.  

But after four were kidnapped — two of whom were later found dead — just across the border, many are asking if it is safe to travel to Mexico.

The U.S. State Department had previously issued level four “Do Not Travel” warnings for six parts of Mexico. 

A travel agent in Nebraska said Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for his clients.

He said people should be as prepared as possible ahead of their trips when it comes to safety. 

“Find your travel agent that you like and ask questions,” Matt Reinke said.

He said people should avoid visiting border towns that the U.S. has deemed non-travel destinations.

The most popular Mexican tourist destinations have been rated a level two by the State Department. 

This is the same rating given to France, Germany, the U.K. and many other countries. 

“I’ve had great success staying at the three main destinations in Mexico, which are Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and everybody’s favorite, Cancun,” Reinke said. 

He said you should follow your instincts no matter where you’re traveling to. 

“A little Midwest common sense goes a long ways,” Reinke said. “So, if you are not going to be doing those things in towns here, or in a trip to Chicago, maybe to New York, don’t do them in Mexico.” 

Reinke said the safest way to travel is by airplane.

He also suggests booking with an agent because they will give you all the information you need before you arrive.

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