How to Avoid Jail while Abroad on Spring Break [Video]


Mexico is a top spring break destination, with more than 120,000 college students going to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas each year. Yet the U.S. State Department has added Mexico to its list of countries that are dangerous for travel. Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine tells you what you should know before going on vacation to Mexico.

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He reviews basic laws in Mexico. For example, U.S. citizenship will not exempt you from prosecution. Anyone older than 16 can be tried as an adult. Drinking on the street, forgetting to pay your bus fare, running nude on the beach and smoking pot are all crimes. In Mexico, you are guilty until proven innocent and can be held in jail without bail for a year before your trial. In jail you’ll pay for food and protection from other inmates.

Larry also gives practical pointers such as how to sign up for the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at This allows the State Department to better assist you in the event of an emergency while you’re traveling abroad.

For tips like these and more information, watch the complete video to make sure your vacation to Mexico stays fun, safe and legal.


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