Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM
Post #2 of 17
Hello Neil and others,
For someone living in Alburque NM your interest in Mexico continues to surprise me. And your question about travel over the Semana Santa is a good one. I find it hard to believe that only 1 in 10 residents of Guadalajara will be traveling during this holiday season. In the past, for example, Mexico City has always seemed a desert during this holiday. And Guadalajara too, it seemed that everyone was off to a beach somewhere.
So your supposition that travel to Lake Chapala will increase is a good one and of course would probably NOT show in the poll taken by "Informador".
As to your wonder about whether restriction on travel is a national trend or not, I can only think of my own travel plans from here in Zacatecas. . I will go somewhere for the Holiday. Proposals so far have been Chiapas (too far, too expensive), Tabasco (also too far and too expensive), Veracruz (maybe), Xilitla SLP (distance OK, expense OK), maybe include Tuxpan Veracruz? SLP? that too is possible. A really inexpensive trip to Real de Catorce? Been there too many times already. Aguascalientes Aguas. Nearby, inexpensive, lots to do. Morelia? Lagos de Moreno? Inland Jalisco?
So, as you can see, the expense, the highway times, the bus fares, the airfares, and other travel times all play a part. Is this playing with costs, time, hazards, etc., a national trend? Of course.
Too, my economic situation as a retiree is stable. Consider the fact that many Mexicans do not have that stability of income.
Conclusion: Yes, I do believe that many people who ordinarily would be traveling over this holiday season will NOT be traveling. But I still find it hard to accept the "Informador" statistic of only 1 in 10. From what my friends here in Zacatecas are planning and saying, I would guess that 7 or 8 out of ten WILL be traveling.
Neil, when can we expect you to come to Mexico and live with the rest of us?
As ever, jerezano