Mexico is by far my favourite place on the planet, and I’m keen on recommending different solo feminine vacationers to come back right here to discover. One thing I like about Mexico is that each metropolis, city, and area has their very own particular factor that makes it distinctive. From the mole in Oaxaca to the thoughts blowing Mayan ruins of the Yucatán, every place value a go to.

Right here’s my full information for making your solo journey to Mexico the perfect it may be:

The Finest Locations in Mexico for Solo Feminine Vacationers:

1. Guanajuato Metropolis, Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a sprawling metropolis that has a little bit of all the pieces. Due to its historical past as having as soon as been one of the vital rich locations in Mexico, the streets are filled with immaculately constructed buildings and among the finest structure within the nation. If it weren’t for the apparent Mexican parts, you would possibly suppose you’ve been transported throughout the ocean to Spain!

Whereas it’s a bigger metropolis, there are a number of smaller areas the place travellers are inclined to congregate, making it simpler than you’d anticipate to fulfill others. Sticking to the town heart is all the time a good way to guarantee that you just’ll cross paths with different travellers.

Guanajuato Metropolis itself is understood for being fairly protected, however be certain that to do your analysis on any locations you intend to go to outdoors the town. The state of Guanajuato doesn’t have a fantastic status for being protected, so if in case you have any doubts about any day journeys it is likely to be a good suggestion to go together with a tour group.

2. Holbox, Quintana Roo

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This little island within the Caribbean is an absolute dream. I used to be enchanted the primary time I went and I’ve been dying to return ever since. Holbox is a superb place for solo feminine vacationers as a result of it’s small, quiet, and social all on the identical time. There aren’t any automobiles on the island and most of the people get round by golf cart, which makes it a fantastic place for first-time vacationers as a result of it’s tremendous accessible and straightforward to get round.

You’re prone to see the identical faces again and again in Holbox, and that may be actually enjoyable in case you’re seeking to meet new individuals. The laid again vibe of the island additionally lends itself to simply putting up a dialog with a stranger and feeling comfortable.

Take a look at our submit with loads of different issues to do on Holbox and round Cancún!

3. Mérida, Yucatán

We’ve written about Mérida earlier than as a result of it’s one of the vital magical locations in Mexico and protected, too. I lived there for 3 months whereas in faculty and I discovered it extremely troublesome to depart. It’s a fascinating metropolis with a ton of issues to do and a pleasant ambiance.

I like Mérida’s the cosmopolitan vibe. There are various foreigners dwelling there who personal eating places and retailers round city. You will discover a French bakery proper subsequent to a Mexican taquería subsequent to an Irish pub, actually!

Mérida has been named Mexico’s most secure metropolis and the second most secure metropolis in all of North America. That is particularly reassuring in case you’re a solo feminine traveler. In my expertise is the road harassment in Mérida is considerably much less frequent than in different places in Mexico and even within the States.

4. San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

Oh, San Cristóbal. I’ve discovered that this metropolis is the perfect in Mexico if you wish to heal your self and discover your spirituality. Situated up within the mountains, San Cris is surrounded by nature. Whether or not you wish to get out and hike within the woods, swim in a lake, or take a weekend journey to the seashore, San Cris has all of it.

I particularly suggest San Cris for solo feminine travellers for a number of causes. To start with, it’s simple (and enjoyable!) to fulfill individuals right here. It’s a really social metropolis with out the extraordinary social gathering ambiance as different locations. You will discover chill breweries, espresso retailers, and wineries to hang around and meet individuals at with out the loopy spring break vibe you would possibly discover on the seashore.

One other factor I like about San Cristóbal is how protected I really feel right here. Avenue harassment occurs all over the place, however I’ve skilled far lower than in different places. The general relaxed feeling right here is reassuring and positively makes me really feel safer, which is one thing I hear from different ladies right here on a regular basis.

5. Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s largest metropolis is your excellent hub for Mexican tradition, gastronomy, and pure wonders. Due to its location inside Mexico, it’s additionally a fantastic base if you wish to go discover different areas. For instance, if you wish to trek to the seashore at Puerto Escondido, you may simply get there from the town.

My absolute favourite factor about Oaxaca are the markets. I’ve spent days exploring every one, meandering and consuming my approach via. Moreover that, there are a ton of issues to do in Oaxaca and loads of them could be performed on a tour. These excursions could be a good way to fulfill individuals if you wish to make buddies.

Oaxaca is fairly protected, however I don’t suggest strolling anyplace at evening alone. Even taxi drivers have creeped me on the market, so maintain that in thoughts if there are any nighttime actions you wish to do. I discovered that I by no means was catcalled or harassed by a taxi driver after I had a person with me. A tragic however true second, for certain.

6. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

Certainly one of my favourite issues about San Miguel de Allende is how heat and pleasant the persons are there. I as soon as had a good friend (a fellow solo feminine traveller) inform me that an aged gentleman randomly gave her a bouquet of flowers on the road, simply because!

For actual although, San Miguel is extremely enchanting and exquisite. The colonial structure will make you’re feeling such as you’ve stepped again in time and the gastronomy is unimaginable. It’s a really walkable metropolis as effectively, so you may simply get round in case you keep near the town heart.

If you happen to’re huge into artwork like me, San Miguel is heaven. It has been a hub for artist for literal centuries and you’ll find artwork galleries round nearly each nook it appears. Being a comparatively peaceable metropolis, it’s a fantastic place to floor and get into your individual creativity, too!

Learn how to Get Round:

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  • Low cost Airways: The 2 finest finances airways right here in Mexico are Aeroméxico and Jetblue, each of which fly to virtually each airport within the nation. I’ve discovered them each to be very dependable and a fantastic discount
  • Buses: Most individuals journey from metropolis to metropolis by bus right here in Mexico. There are various choices for buses, however I counsel sticking to the official buses in case you can, like ADO. ADO may be very common and is the cleanest and most dependable firm that I’ve discovered.
  • Colectivos: Also referred to as combis, these vans are nice for brief distances inside a metropolis or from one city to a different. I don’t suggest taking them longer distances as a result of they have a tendency to get fairly crowded and there’s a larger danger that you might get pickpocketed. It’s useful to have some command of Spanish in case you plan to take these.
  • Taxis: Taxis in Mexico are low cost and dependable. If you happen to meet a pleasant taxi driver in your vacation spot, see if you will get his quantity to name him instantly subsequent time you want a carry someplace. If he can’t take you, he’ll ship someone reliable who can. Uber can also be out there in lots of main cities.
  • Automotive Leases: Typically a highway journey is the easiest way to see components of Mexico. I particularly love leases in Quintana Roo and Baja California. Be forewarned that they are going to by no means honor the value you e book for on-line, so it’s finest to indicate up and haggle in individual.
  • Rideshare: Blablacar has turn out to be an increasing number of common in Mexico, particularly in city areas in and round Mexico Metropolis.
  • Stroll: Particularly with cities in Mexico, it’s fairly simple to get from place to position by strolling. As a result of colonial structure and metropolis planning, issues are usually very shut collectively within the metropolis facilities.

Learn how to Meet Others Whereas Touring Solo in Mexico:

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You is likely to be shocked at how many individuals are touring via Mexico solo. There are particularly a whole lot of vacationers from Central and South America who’re making their approach via Latin America by bike (sure, it’s a factor!), van, and hitchhiking.

  • Don’t be afraid to make the primary transfer and say “whats up” to fellow vacationers. Typically you must be the one to interrupt the ice, particularly if others are already touring in a gaggle and have their friends with them. In my expertise, this has led to creating some great buddies that I nonetheless maintain involved with.
  • Say “sure” to hanging out with strangers. I do know this would possibly sound a bit of intimidating to some, however you by no means know what journey waits on the opposite aspect of a “sure.” At all times belief your intestine concerning the vibe somebody offers you and, in fact, if that individual offers you a bizarre vibe it’s all the time finest to say no. If not, I say go for it!
  • Keep in a hostel for the primary few days in a brand new place. I’m somebody who actually likes her personal area after I journey. Nevertheless, I’ve discovered that reserving a hostel for the primary couple nights in a brand new place has helped me meet individuals and socialize earlier than ultimately discovering a personal room or Airbnb that I can must myself.
  • Hit the apps (with warning!). Utilizing apps like Tinder and Bumble generally is a good technique to meet individuals, even platonically. It’s all the time necessary to make it very clear what you’re on the lookout for and be trustworthy in case you actually simply wish to make buddies. In my expertise, it’s been completely chill and a very easy technique to meet locals and vacationers.

Learn how to Keep Protected Whereas Touring Solo in Mexico:

I’ve heard lots of people (particularly ladies) specific grave concern about my solo touring in Mexico, and I get it. What we see within the information about Mexico doesn’t actually paint a fairly image and for that cause lots of people are afraid to journey alone right here. My expertise has been overwhelmingly optimistic, so I’m completely satisfied to share some tips about the best way to keep protected:

  • At all times analysis the place you wish to go earlier than you e book something. I don’t suggest merely leaping on a bus and seeing the place it takes you right here in Mexico. Some areas are positively extra dangerous than others to journey to, so attempt to keep away from even bussing via these locations in case you can.
  • Don’t hitchhike. Clearly, in case you’re an skilled hitchhiker and you’re feeling positive about doing it in Mexico, go for it. I’ve hitchhiked throughout Southern Africa however I’d by no means give it a go right here and even in my very own nation of the USA. It’s not frequent in any respect to hitchhike in Mexico, making it actually unpredictable and probably harmful.
  • Don’t stroll residence alone at evening anyplace.
  • Keep away from ingesting an excessive amount of or being underneath the affect of any medication with individuals you don’t know effectively. Even when it’s simply going out with some individuals you met at your hostel, all the time be sure you have a plan for getting residence and doing so with a transparent head.
  • At all times lock up your valuables when staying at hostels. Even when the individuals staying there appear superior and reliable, it by no means hurts to maintain your issues protected.
  • DO deliver a replica of your passport with you always, however DON’T deliver the unique copy out and about with you. Hold it locked up in a protected place.
  • There’s a probability you might get pulled off a bus by immigration officers whereas en path to your vacation spot. Keep calm, don’t panic, and hand over your passport after they ask. They could problem you about the place you’re going and the way lengthy you’re staying. If that occurs, simply reply confidently and don’t budge. Don’t bribe them if they provide you a tough time, both.

What to Pack:

Particularly in case you’re happening an extended journey via Mexico and hitting up varied locations, be certain that to deliver layers. The climate right here is drastically totally different on the seashore than it’s within the mountains, so I counsel being ready for each extremes.

  • Comfortable strolling sneakers that go together with all the pieces. The record of sneakers I personal whereas dwelling in Mexico is brief: black work boots (Dr. Martens), black leather-based sandals (Sorel), trainers, and huaraches (leather-based flats). These serve me effectively and I by no means have to fret about matching as a result of all of them go together with all the pieces.
  • Mild layered clothes that you just really feel snug in. I like to recommend touring with as little clothes as potential in Mexico due to how simple it’s go get your laundry performed. It’s very low cost and accessible to do laundry right here, so I survive off principally denims, jean shorts, cotton tops, and cardigans.
  • Seaside prepared objects similar to your favourite swimsuit, coverup, and one thing to put on. I don’t suggest a giant cumbersome seashore towel, so go for a lighter material throw if you’ll find one.
  • Chargers and adapters from the U.S. work in Mexico, however be sure you have a backup as a result of generally those they promote right here can fry the wire in case you’re not cautious.

The place to Discover the Finest Meals:

Mexico has the perfect meals on the earth. Okay, I mentioned it, and I actually do consider it, too! Each regional dish is bursting with flavors and I’m all the time excited to attempt one thing new after I go to a brand new place. I imply, what did I even eat earlier than I got here to Mexico? Does it even matter? The meals right here actually is THAT good.

  • The Market. I’d suggest going to the market a thousand occasions over going to any fancy restaurant in Mexico. In most cities, you’ll find a complete part of meals stalls inside the bigger markets. I often gravitate in direction of those with older ladies cooking and I haven’t been upset but. If you happen to’re undecided what to order, simply ask what they suggest! I can typically be caught asking: “¿Qué desayunaste tú?” (What did you eat for breakfast?).
  • The place there may be the longest line. Yep, I’m telling you to search out that line and go stand in it. Right here in Mexico, the locations with the lengthy strains of hungry persons are often the place the perfect meals is. Have a look and what everyone seems to be ordering and make your selection from there. Professional-tip: ask when the place opens up and attempt to get there when it first opens to keep away from the strains. In Mexico, mealtimes are a lot later than within the States, so your lunchtime would possibly truly be the perfect time to go.
  • Ask an abuelita. If you happen to’re undecided the place to get the perfect mole or cochinita, ask a neighborhood aged girl. She gained’t steer you unsuitable, I promise! Subsequent time you’re searching via the textiles at a market stall, ask the clerk the place she recommends you go for a chunk to eat.

Lengthy-term Residing and Working Remotely in Mexico:

There’s a cause why so many individuals migrated to Mexico to work remotely through the pandemic. The price of dwelling here’s a fraction of what it’s within the U.S. and most of Europe, the climate is unimaginable, and the persons are pretty. If you happen to’re contemplating spending an extended period of time in Mexico, listed below are a number of bits of information and ideas:

  • Visas: In case you are from the U.S. or Canada, the standard vacationer visa is for 180 days and you will get it simply at your level of entry. If you wish to keep longer than that, it’s utterly authorized to depart Mexico, cross into one other nation, and are available again after a pair days. Many expats do that commonly and there may be little danger concerned.
  • Housing: Hire may be very low cost in most of Mexico, however you’ll have to know the place to search for long run housing as Airbnbs can get unnecessarily costly for lengthy stays (I’m speaking many months). I like to recommend reserving an Airbnb for the primary week or so, and from there on the lookout for a long-term choice when you get right here. You will discover locations on Fb Market, by asking different expats, or by merely strolling across the space you’d prefer to reside and on the lookout for “for hire” indicators. These will say “casa en renta” and with be both furnished (amueblada) or unfurnished (no amueblada).
  • Working: If you wish to work (legally) in Mexico for a Mexican enterprise or enterprise, it’ll be powerful. Wages are fairly low right here, even if in case you have nice {qualifications}. You additionally would want the entity to sponsor your work visa, which generally is a lengthy and expensive course of, each for you and for them. Nevertheless, in case you’d like to show English in Mexico, there are many choices for colleges that sponsor visas and would possibly even supply housing.

No matter how lengthy you intend to remain, Mexico is an unimaginable nation that may shock you with how simple it’s to get round. I’ve discovered that Mexico’s infrastructure permits for easy and protected journey from place to position, a far cry from different locations I’ve been.

Touring alone as a girl in Mexico is completely doable and would possibly turn out to be your favourite place to go to! Able to e book your flight but?!

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This submit was written by Emily, our resident solo feminine journey correspondent in Mexico. We hope you liked it!

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