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Crime endangers PV senior trip

A photo capturing the gorgeous sunset in Mexico.

A photo capturing the gorgeous sunset in Mexico.

Photo taken by Alan Castaneda

A photo capturing the gorgeous sunset in Mexico.

Photo taken by Alan Castaneda

Photo taken by Alan Castaneda

A photo capturing the gorgeous sunset in Mexico.

Varun Vedula, Feature Editor

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Although spring break should be a time for students to relax, crime could potentially threaten seniors on their trip to Cabo. Many seniors are unaware of the dangers that lie ahead on this eagerly awaited senior trip.

This year, 27 seniors are headed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to celebrate their last spring break on a fun vacation. Cabo San Lucas is located in the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, where, unlike Iowa, the weather is sunny and warm year-round.

Amidst the anticipation for this trip, many are seeming to forget the potential dangers that come with visiting such a popular tourist destination. In November of 2018, there was a Level 2 travel advisory to exercise precautions regarding trips to Mexico. According to the US Department of State, visitors from the United States should be cautious of crime.

However, there are many ways one can still enjoy the beauty of Mexico while staying safe. Alan Castaneda, a native of Mexico and a student in Pleasant Valley, has some advice for the senior class. “Most tourist places are safe because the government tries its best to give Mexico a good reputation. However, in the cities, high levels of poverty lead to increased criminal activity.”

In order to stay safe, Castaneda suggested a few tips: “Stay away from electronic devices and anything expensive”. By keeping a low profile, attention is drawn away from tourists. This also means one shouldn’t act too much like a tourist by taking an excessive amount of pictures, especially of other people.

Castaneda also suggests engaging with the Mexican people they meet. When tourists are friendly and create connections, many Mexicans feel safer. This will make both Mexicans and Americans more comfortable with each other.

“Sometimes people[Mexicans] have the tendency to think that every person in America is a racist. This is what will often create a hostile environment, so try to engage and learn about the Mexican culture,” he said.

Lauren Frederick, one of the seniors headed on the senior trip, talked about how she plans to stay safe. “My parents are going with me, which will already help make me feel safer. Also, we plan to stay only on resort grounds, which are safe.”

In addition, the parents that planned the trip took measures to ensure the seniors are safe. “All of the kids going are in a Whatsapp chat to communicate if need be,” Frederick said.

The hazards of travel are not exclusive to just Mexico; it pertains to any person who plans to travel outside the United States. Students can stay safe abroad by looking into the travel destination beforehand and taking the necessary precautions.

One final tip Castaneda had for the seniors and others headed to Mexico was to make sure to have fun. “I’ve had the fortune to live there 15 years of my life and experience great things. It is sad to see all the criminal activities, but there will always be the beauty of the country, its culture, and its people.”

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Varun Vedula, Feature Section Editor

Hello! I am the Feature Editor of the Spartan Shield Online. Some of my favorite things to do include a participating heavily in robotics and singing in...

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