Daughter Gone to Mexico

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
February 2, 2008 9:24pm CST
I am feeling pretty anxious right about now because my youngest daughter just left for a trip to Mexico. She is accompanying a friend who is going there for a surgical procedure that she can get cheaper there. I've heard some horror stories about Americans traveling in Mexico, so I've admonished her to be on her guard. They should be back on Tuesday -and I will breathe a sigh of relief. Do you worry over adult children who travel to foreign countries?
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@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
3 Feb 08
I have been to Mexico twice and have had a safe time there. The health service in the USA is so very expensive that I think it is a good idea for your daughter's friend to have treatment there. I am very keen on travel and when I first went off traveling on my own when I was 18 my mum was worried about me. In those days she only had phone calls, post cards and letters. These days it is easier to stay in contact with mobile phones and email. Many tourists go to Mexico including lots of Americans as the two countries are neighbors. The local people speak Spanish as their native language and mostly they all speak good English as well. I am sure your daughter is having a lovely time in Mexico and you will see her on Tuesday.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Feb 08
We can only hope that everything will work out well, maximax. They did get off to a slow start -my daughter left her keys in her apartment- but I can't wait to hear from them soon.
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
3 Feb 08
I hope that after the slow start things get better for your daughter. I remember when I was 19 I bought a new backpack and went to Tunisia. When I arrived there I had locked it and left the key at home. I had to chew it open! I kept that backpack for the next ten years and it went to many great places in the world.
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
3 Feb 08
I really want to reassure you, and tell you that it's safe, but, there has been several incidences of late where Canadians have had trouble there. So, tell her to be on her guard. I will be relieved also when she gets back. I won't go into the stories lately, that's the last thing you want to hear. The police are very corrupt, and if someone does get into trouble, they're pretty much on their own.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Thank you, bonbon. I have discussed all of this with her and told her to be on her guard at all times. I'm glad it's only for a few days.
@mummymo (23707)
3 Feb 08
Worldwise I understand how worried you must be but all your friends will keep your daughter and her friend in our prayers and I am sure she will come home safe and sound! I know it can be dangerous in certain areas but a lot more people go there and are totally safe than are hurt - you just don't hear about those ones! xxx
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Thank you ever so much, mummymo! I only worry because neither of them are very wise in the ways of the world, but I'm sure they'll be fine.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
3 Feb 08
I live in Alamo Texas about 20 minutes from Progreso Mexico, I can get my dental work done there for peanuts, A teeth cleaning thats $120,00 in Canada is $15.00 in Progreso. My wife and I were travelling to East Asia last winter and we needed some specific shots. In Texas they were $250.00 each we went to Mexico and an American(Spanish speaking) Doctor who lives in Brownsville Texas gave them to us for $45.00 each, We find the Mexicans easy to deal with and they give good service.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Yes, barehugs, that is the reason my daughter's friend wanted to have her procedure done there. She works for a doctor here in Ohio and he helped her set up the arrangements. I just think both of these girls are so GREEN, lol.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Every single time my adult daughter goes to a soccer game in europe I am a nervous wreck. You always read about the wild fights they get into and about bleachers collapsing. She does not always tell me when she goes, but I know she saves up her miles on all of her cards just to go. I also know which games are the ones she is more likely to go to. So I know when to worry even if she does not tell me.lol Shalom~Adoniah
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Ah, yes, Adoniah, the job of parenting seems to never end -no matter how much they tell us they are grown up, lol.
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
3 Feb 08
I think some parts of Mexico are not safe. I would worry. I wouldn't worry much if travel to many countries in Europe. Some places are safe, some not, it is wise to learn in advance what to do in foreign places...
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Feb 08
I think you are right, polachicago, and that is why I told her everything I thought would be helpful to her and her friend. For goodness sakes, neither of them speak a word of Spanish!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
4 Feb 08
Our middle daughter is leaving this Wednesday for Mexico with her husband. They are going on their honeymoon. I am concerned about the trip but mainly about the fact they are flying. I worry about our kids traveling anywhere and am always so happy when they are back home. I haven't been to Mexico but would love to go sometime. Hope your daughter had a good time and enjoyed her trip. The weather there right now is great.
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@MarkFly (15)
• China
3 Feb 08
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.Do you call the police? I think you need call the police .I think you should put up 'Look for the person annoucement'.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Feb 08
No, MarkFly, she didn't run away. It was a planned trip.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
9 Feb 08
So she is safely home by now I guess...hope. I must admit to some anxiety myself about travelling to foreign countries. The air travel itself I find a bit daunting as my last couple of interstate trips have left me feeling wrung out and ill. Also, the thought of terrorism would also not be far from my mind. My elder daughter is taking my 12 year old granddaughter to Egypt towards the end of the year and I'm concerned for their safety. My daughter has been there before and so is familiar both with the country and the travelling involved. I'm sure she is intelligent enough and brave enough to handle anything that happens.
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
4 Feb 08
As parents we worry about everything. However, we cannot control where our children want to travel to. The majority of the times they are not in danger when they go to other countries. However, they should be educated in what can happen to them.
• United States
4 Feb 08
shes going to get the gastric bypass am i correct? alot of people go there now to get this done iit is a good bit of diffrence in cost, i thin that as long as your daughter has her gaurds up and do go off with anyone other then her friend she will be safe, just call her everyday if u can:P and its only normal to worry, if you didnt work about your daughter while she is in another country. i might raise an eyebrow to that:P... xoxoxbritt.
• United States
3 Feb 08
I don't have kids but I assume it is natural to worry about them.Try not to worry too much. does her cellphone work? If so, send her a text.Hang on Tuesday is just around the corner.