Assessing Travel Risk.

Jun 25th, 2019, 04:28 AM
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Ah, mmeperdu, you have explained to me why a Facebook friend asked me if I saw trees growing out of abandoned buildings on Facebook when I posted I was in Tampico (which I found strange as I had not noticed any) and wrote “Be careful!”. She must have seen that same report. In my trip report, I won’t focus on the safety aspect, so here’s a good place—I don’t know how it might have been before but it did not seem now like a city afraid to go out. The Plaza de Armas on Saturday night was bursting with energy with traditional Mexican dancers and a crowd, people
enjoying there outdoor seating at restaurants; there was an area where teenagers were trying out their breakdancing moves. The Aduana Maritima had a regular stream of people doing the tours of that historic building. Couples strolled and people jogged on the paths along the Laguna del Carpintero while children jumped up and down on bouncy castles. Families were out in large numbers sitting under the sea of palapas at Playa Miramar and playing in the cooling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. One thing I will say though is that the warnings seem to be extremely effective—I did not see a single other person who was visibly a foreign tourist!
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Jun 25th, 2019, 08:11 AM
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So I assume then that gunfire wasn't part of the music of the streets in Tampico & while a short visit can never be definitive, things must have changed for the better in recent years. Maybe the truth is that violence continuously morphs & moves so no map or website will ever be accurate for very long if not updated regularly. And assuming we can't count on that, I think we're on our own, which we all knew.
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Jun 25th, 2019, 06:21 PM
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Daniel, that echoes exactly what we experienced in Tampico. Although some locals did say that during the last 5 years things have improved considerably regarding security.
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Jun 25th, 2019, 09:01 PM
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Reading the travel section of the NYTimes today I came across an article discussing a

Reading the travel section of the NYTimes today I came across an article discussing assessing travel risk all over the world.
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