Replies: 48 - Last Post: Mar 25, 2013 3:14 PM Last Post By: NomadTraveLLerS
Mar 18, 2013 8:59 PM
45effieloy--I've not been to Africa, at least not since spending ages six months to four in Liberia. I suspect that if I ever go to Malawi I'll probably have at least as much culture shock there, or more, compared to what I experienced when I first traveled to Mexico.
Compared to Malawi, Mexico is several orders of magnitude wealthier. Mexico has become a middle income country likely to attain global "high income status" within the next twenty or thirty years, assuming recent economic trends continue. Spain and Ireland apparently each made that transition during the middle to late twentieth century. Meanwhile, Malawi remains extremely poor.
There are great contrasts within Mexico between life in thriving cities, in some prosperous agricultural areas, and in poor but traditional (sometimes indigenous) rural communities.
You may find traveling in Mexico to be easier, and perhaps also less stressful, than visiting Malawi was. Having children in your lives now may affect your travels more than your choice of destinations will.
Mar 18, 2013 9:30 PM
46absolutely! we had planned on 3 weeks round Vietnam when Child2 was 3 months, but emigrating to LA put paid to that! Currently planning taking them both to South Korea and Japan in August or October but one of the big reasons (aside from it being damn close) I want to take my whole family to Mexico is that they are already experiencing some of the culture here - all the Mexicans we meet here are amazing and the children eat bona fide Mexican food several times a week, I thought in that respect it wouldn't be too much of a culture shock.
And just for the naysayers, child1 is learning Spanish too....from a Mexican
Mar 23, 2013 1:02 PM
47Mexico its a nice country!
I rented a car there with my friend and traveled arround Yucatan, this part its safe and it has many tourist. So you can get there with no problems. I really liked Vallaloid. Nice and small town with an amazing Plaza. The food its great! Enjoy Mexico it is really worth seeing it.
Saludos desde Ecuador
Mar 25, 2013 3:14 PM
48As every place you need to respect the normal rules of precaution, and try to avoid the bad area. Also the north of Mexico at the border with Usa could be not a piece of cake. I happened to be there a few years ago and I wanted to run away after 5 minutes, but eventually everything is ok when you start to undersatnd how it's working.
You can maybe understand better from an e-mail I wrote to my friends at that time about this experience in the state of Sonora - Mexico
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