Lindylou, it depends which part of Mexico you mean and what you'll be doing. If you're going into rural Michoacan alone carrying a bag of gold and trying to buy drugs, then 'no'.
But f you're going to any of the popular tourist resorts, minding your own business, keeping a close eye on your valuables and being sensible, then 'yes'.
Don't let all the media about drug gang wars put you off.... there is no evidence tourists have been deliberately targeted, and very few have been caught up in it accidentally. There are more than 20 million overseas (non-US) visitors to Mexico every year (plus hundreds of thousands who cross the Mexico/US border each day).
Obviously there are places you ought not go, have a read of this article on worldnomads, which summarises the State Department's travel advice for Mexico and lists the good, bad and ugly places.
Phil from the safety hub almost 6 years ago
I am Australian who has been working an traveling in Mexico for the last year. I am in Australia for now and a big part of my visit home has been defending Mexico's very tainted reputation.
The most important thing you learn as a traveler is to trust your gut instinct, not everyone is out to rob you or steal your kidneys as Hollywood would have you believe. The drug war however, is a very real and serious situation in some areas which is why taking any elongated bus trips - especially to or from Mexico City - will be interrupted by Military and Police Checkpoints. I have had a couple of friends on different occasions who have been caught in bus robberies wherein a section of road will be blocked in on either side by gang vehicles and everyone will be herded out of their cars or off the bus and ordered to hand over any valuables they're carrying, but that is about it for those unrelated to their trade of interest. Steer clear or notorious places or gang interest such as border towns and dodgy areas of big cities and so forth, but this goes without saying.
I would suggest to everyone interested (and disinterested for that matter) to include Mexico in their travel plans. Though I know nothing of the tourist resorts because it is not my style of travel, I can definitely vouch for the unmatched hospitality of Mexican people in general and HIGHLY recommend it.
Have an excellent and safe journey. almost 6 years agoAnswered by funkjunkie via WorldNomads.com