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Hi, I'm Janine!
In 2010 I applied to a study abroad program in Mexico on a whim. After spending 8 months living and traveling in Mexico I knew this was where I belonged. In 2017 I moved back for good. On my blog, Janine in the World, I’m sharing all the Mexico travel tips I learned the hard– errr, embarrassing way, so fellow solo travelers can visit Mexico confidently and safely.
Packing a few travel safety items will not only help protect in the event of an emergency, but they’ll also give you peace of mind, knowing you’re prepared. While an anti-theft purse helps shield your valuables for potential thieves, a travel scarf will help you keep valuables completely hidden. Carrying a cell phone with a working data plan is an essential safety strategy for solo travelers in Mexico. Not only does this enable you to quickly research Spanish vocabulary, order an Uber, or make a restaurant reservation, but it also enables you to keep in touch with family or friends back home or call for help if you need it.
The apartment features one bedroom with a queen bed, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room, and a workspace (digital nomads rejoice!). The location couldn’t be better: it’s one block from the Superama grocery store and within easy walking distance of all the attractions, restaurants, and bars within Condesa. Queen sized bed, one bathroom, a living area, dining table, fully equipped kitchen, and a sunny terrace. The studio features a queen bed with a pillow-top mattress, a living area with an HD TV (& Netflix access), a dining area, a kitchen, and a bathroom with a rain shower.
The Alternate Terminal (ADO Terminal Alterna) which is located in downtown Playa del Carmen, a few blocks from the tourist zone Most airport buses are bound for the Terminal Touristica, but don’t worry about it if you are given a ticket to the Terminal Alterna. There are 27 daily departures from the ADO Terminal Alterna in Playa del Carmen, and 13 departures from the Terminal Turistica. Most airport buses are bound for Playa’s Terminal Turistica, but if you’re making a transfer, the Terminal Alterna offers many more departures. But, if you’re planning to post up in an all-inclusive, or wish to spend most of your time wandering the beaches of Playa del Carmen or Tulum, a rental car isn’t necessary.
Plan to tip bartenders a few pesos initially and then a few more periodically throughout the night, say 10 to 20 pesos. Since tipping taxi drivers isn’t customary in Mexico, I don’t tend to tip Uber drivers either unless they go out of their way to help me with something. If you opt for it, it’s standard to tip 5 to 10 pesos. It’s standard to give 5 or 10 pesos, but if you don’t have any change