First we want to say congratulations to anyone who plans are trekking alone, to Puerto Vallarta or anywhere on the planet. It’s a wonderful adventure and we highly recommend it. If you have a partner, as many of us do, you are provided with a built-in traveling companion. If you are single, however and there are loads of us who fit this description, there are some decisions to be made. Do you want to make a trip solo or would you like company?
We know many single men and a whole lot of women who have made the drive to Puerto Vallarta from all corners of the United States and Canada. We also have friends of all genders who have come from as far away as Europe, India, Asia, Russia and other distances, journeying solo.
Dervla Murphy has been writing books about her travels for over 40 years; she’s in her mid-eighties now and has no plans to park her bike that accompanies her on most of her quests. Murphy has gotten herself into and out of some tight spots in her decades of exploration, but she claims the worst thing that has happened to her was [tripping over cats at home and shattering her left arm.] Like Murphy, many of our friends travel alone and sometimes encourage children and grandchildren to join them, putting them in the place of leader and guide.
Border crossings are the scariest, but there really are no reasons for worry; break no laws and make sure your papers are in order, passport current, and a smile on your face. We’ve found that good manners and courteous behavior eclipse any problems that might present themselves. A command of Spanish isn’t necessary. We tell everyone to avoid driving at night and no, this isn’t about banditos. Mexico is a free range country, even though many animal owners do their best to keep their livestock corralled. Hitting a
cow and driving over speed bumps in the dark, you could shorten or delay your trip extensively.
Use common sense when dining out or walking streets at night, regardless of whether you’re in Puerto Vallarta or elsewhere, for all the obvious reasons. Keep valuables hidden; don’t carry large amounts of cash, or flash it around when making purchases; wear sensible shoes so you can move quickly for any number of reasons; keep your cell phone charged; never let your fuel tank get below quarter-full; carry identification with emergency contacts; be prepared for tolls and have enough pesos (there are few ATM’s on the open highway.) If you have car trouble, pull over, put your hood up and wait; one thing we have found is when breaking down, help always arrives promptly. The emergency number in Puerto Vallarta and all of Mexico is 078 and can be called from any cell phone. Buen Viaje (Good Trip!)
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article! (opinions expressed are his own)
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