If you know you want to go on the trip of a lifetime but aren’t sure where you should go, it’s time to consider a trip to Mexico. This overlooked paradise has everything an amazing holiday destination needs, from culture, history and delicious food to friendly locals and perfect weather. Here are five reasons why you should visit Mexico in 2018:


Mexico is home to 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This includes famous archaeological sites like Teotihuacán and Chichén Itzá, and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, where butterflies fly over 2800 miles to gather in the forest for winter.

If you stay in or near Mexico City, Museo Nacional de Antropología is a must-visit. It houses a collection of pre-Columbian relics and art and is an ideal way to learn about the history of this often-misunderstood country.

Not sure which area to travel to? Road Affair’s list of the 25 best places in Mexico will help you decide.


You don’t need to choose between an active holiday or a chilled out beach break when you’re in Mexico; you can enjoy both. Old colonial towns, rugged mountains and wild jungles are all yours to explore, but there are also beautiful beaches with clear blue waters and pristine white sand.

The climate varies from dry and desert-like to hot and humid, so make sure you take this into account when choosing a destination. For a complete guide to Mexico’s weather and climate, visit TripSavvy.


Everyone who visits Mexico comes back saying how friendly the locals are. Although most people’s first language in Mexico is Spanish, many speak English and will go out of their way to welcome you and help you if you’re stuck.


Once you’ve eaten authentic Mexican cuisine, it will blow anything you’ve tried back home out of the water; there really is nothing like it. Signature dishes will vary depending on which part of the country you visit, so here’s a rough idea of what to expect: 

  • Northern Mexico: Meats like beef and goat are popular, and are often served in large tortillas, burrito-style, with refried beans and Spanish rice on the side.

  • Central Mexico: Expect a mish-mash of the best dishes from all over the country. 

  • Southern Mexico: The south favours fillings like chicken, vegetables and black beans in their Caribbean-influenced cuisine, which is made with lots of different spices. 

  • Coastal towns and cities: Fresh seafood will feature heavily on the menu. 


Your money will go a long way in Mexico, so take advantage of the exchange rate. Many of the tourist attractions are free or very cheap to visit, such as the Museo Maya de Cancún and Chapultepec Zoo, and the street food, in particular, is exceptionally good value. The Secret Traveller recommends sampling tacos el pastor: tortillas filled with pork which has been marinated in pineapple juice (visit their site to see what other must-try foods made the list).