Dream To Destination Mexico Podcast | Rated 5 Stars on Apple

Looking for a Mexico Podcast?

You’ve found it — the Dream To Destination podcast is a Mexico travel podcast meets solo female travel podcast… and sometimes, a podcast about solo travel in Mexico.

Tune in each Monday, when host Shelley and guests discuss topics including:

In short, Dream To Destination is all about turning your dream of Mexico travel into your destination in Mexico!

As no other podcast merges Mexico travel and solo travel, fans have responded by giving Dream To Destination a perfect 5 Star rating on Apple Podcasts. It is also ranked #2 on Feedspot in the Mexico podcast category.

Ready to hear some episodes? Click one of the links above, head to your favorite podcast provider (Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Anchor, and more!) — or just scroll down 👇

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Meet Your Host!

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In early 2018, Shelley sold everything she owned, intending to start an online career so she could have location independence.

The plan was to travel for one year, and try to figure it all out. The trip started in Mexico City in April 2018… and, well, she’s still in Mexico!

With no plans whatsoever to stay in Mexico, she ended up falling in love with Mexico City at first sight — and decided to just keep exploring Mexico for the year.

Now, years later, she lives in Mexico full time in the Yucatan Peninsula in the beautiful colonial city of Merida. However, before settling down, she traveled solo to 14 states in Mexico, falling deeper in love with Mexico and solo travel, along the way.


Podcast Episodes: Solo Travel in Mexico

We’re Also a Solo travel podcast!

The concept of the Dream To Destination podcast is twofold: Mexico travel, and also solo travel.

If you’re a solo female traveler, who also wants to travel to Mexico, tune into the episodes below, and also head to our Solo Travel Podcast page. There, you’ll hear from Shelley and fellow female travelers about topics ranging from:

If you’re wondering how to stay safe in Mexico while traveling alone, tune in to the solo travel in Mexico podcasts featured below. You’re going to find yourself surprised by how many women will tell you they felt completely safe in Mexico.

✈️ Mexico solo travel travel destinations: Head to this article, Solo Travel in Mexico: 20 Destinations You Need To Visit, where 20 solo female travelers talk about their experiences traveling solo to the top Mexico destinations.

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Teotihuacan pyramids, Mexico City
Cenote Calavera, Tulum

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Episode 40 | Tips for safe solo travel in Mexico

One of the biggest questions in the Mexico travel world is — Is Mexico safe for travel?

While this question has no real answer (I wish it did!), I am offering 20 Tips on how to travel to Mexico as safely as possible.

I have been to 14 out of 32 states now, most as a solo traveler, and encountered no safety issues at all — Find out how I stayed safe in this episode… And how you can too.

✍️ Based on this blog — Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers

Category: Mexico Solo Travel Podcast

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Episode 34 | Planning your first Mexico solo trip

Wondering where to visit in Mexico on your first solo trip?

There are the obvious big destinations, like Tulum and Mexico City, but there are also some great off the beaten path places like Bacalar and Guanajuato. However, deciding where to go comes down to one key element — your trip goal.

Check out this week’s episode of the podcast to find out what this means, and all the other things to consider when planning Mexico travel.

Category: Mexico Solo Travel Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 33 | Rose talks about her solo travel in Mexico

Rose, of the blog Where Goes Rose, spent six months traveling all around Mexico having a solo travel adventure, before she had to cut the trip short due to Covid.

She went to more than 10 states in Mexico, and shares tips, advice and recommendations for traveling to destinations all over Mexico, from the big cities of Guadalajara and Mexico City, to smaller towns and unique Mexico destinations like San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca.

✍️ Based on this blog — Solo Female Travel in Mexico: A Complete Guide

Category: Mexico Solo Travel Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 31 | Daria talks about her Yucatan solo travel

Daria, of the blog The Discovery Nut, offers up Mexico tips for solo travel and general travel in the Yucatan Peninsula.

This popular area — considered one of the safest in Mexico — includes Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Valladolid, Cozumel Island, Isla Mujeres, and more!

Daria spent one month in the Yucatan, some of it as a solo female traveler, and shares her best advice on exploring this region of Mexico.

✍️ Based on this blog — Tips for Mexico: Everything You Need to Know

Category: Mexico Solo Travel Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 28 | Marquita talks about her solo travel in Tulum

Marquita, “The Traveling Twin Mama” of the blog Marquita’s Travels, spoke with me about making the time to travel! She is a busy mom to twin boys, and works full time…. but still makes the time for solo travel.

We discuss why solo travel is important, and her last solo trip to Tulum, Mexico, where she says she was able to rediscover herself, create memories, and re-fill her own cup.

✍️ Based on this blog — Hey Mama, Take that Solo Vacation

Categories: Mexico Solo Travel Podcast, Tulum Podcast

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Episode 25 | Leigh talks traveling solo to Mexico City

Mexico City is amazing, and despite what the mainstream media might lead you to believe, it’s a safe place to travel.

Leigh, of the blog Campfires and Concierges, joins me to talk about her not one, but two, solo trips to Mexico City. That’s right, she loved it so much she visited a second time!

Get practical travel tips, Mexico City neighborhood recommendations, and more from this veteran CDMX visitor.

✍️ Based on this blog — Tips for Traveling to Mexico City as a Solo Female

Category: Mexico Solo Travel Podcast

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Episode 04 | Janine’s take on solo female travel safety in Mexico

Fellow Mexico travel blogger Janine, of Janine In The World, joins me to further examine the “Is Mexico safe?” question.

From her blog: This is BY FAR the most frequently asked question about Mexico in the travel spaces I frequent. The thing is, it’s not actually a very useful question… [because] the answers that typically follow “Is Mexico safe?” tend to be unhelpful at best and flat-out racist at worst.

✍️ Based on this blog — Is Mexico Safe? Tips for Solo Female Travel in Mexico

Category: Mexico Solo Travel Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 03 | My take on solo female travel safety in Mexico

…If I had a peso for every time I’ve been asked “Is Mexico safe?” 🤣

In all seriousness, the answer to “Is Mexico safe?” is quite complex; but from my experience as a solo female traveler in Mexico who’s been to about half the states — Yes, it has been safe for me.

In this episode, I’m going to tell you some ways I stayed a safe solo female traveler, and how you can too.

✍️ Based on this blog — Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers

Category: Mexico Solo Travel Podcast

Podcast Episodes: Mexico Travel Tips


Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 38 | How to NOT get sick in Mexico

One of the biggest questions in the Mexico travel world is — Can I drink the water? To quickly answer that, NO, tap water in Mexico isn’t safe to drink.

While tap water should be avoided (no one drinks it, btw; not even locals!), some people also avoid more than they need to… like street food.

There are ways to choose the right street food stand, as well as many other tips on how to NOT get sick in Mexico in this episode for you to discover!

✍️ Based on this blog — How to NOT Get Sick in Mexico: 10 Tips to Avoid Montezuma’s Revenge

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast

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Episode 32 | 10 Tips for Tulum, Mexico travel on a budget

Planning your trip to Tulum, Mexico, in the Yucatan Peninsula/Mexican Caribbean? You’re in the right place because I used to live there, and can offer some (ex) locals’ tips for how to visit Tulum and not break the bank!

Truth be told, this is completely doable, no matter what your budget is — and I have 10 Tips on how to do it — as well as some tips on how to plan out your overall travel budget.

✍️ Based on this blog — Tulum On A Budget: 10 Ways to Make Your Trip Affordable

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast, Tulum Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 11 | 5 reasons Mexico is perfect for U.S. travelers

Let’s talk Mexico travel destinations — and how to pick the best one!

In this episode you’ll learn 5 reasons why Mexico is the ideal destination for U.S. travelers (both for solo and couples/group travelers)…. but also things to consider when picking a travel destination.

We’ll also discuss solo travel safety in Mexico, and some general travel safety tips, including enrolling in the free STEP Program.

✍️ Based on this blog — 5 Reasons Mexico is the Best First Time Solo Travel Destination

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 8 | Alex’s 35 Tips for traveling to Mexico

Expat/Travel blogger, Alex, of Backpacking Brunette, joins me to discuss her 35 Tips for Traveling to Mexico for the first time.

Now, don’t let the “first time” part of that throw you off! I’ve been living in Mexico for over 2 years now, and even I learned a thing or two.

Alex has also been living in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, for several years now, which is why you need her travel pro tips!

✍️ Based on this blog — Do’s and Don’ts in Mexico: 35 Tips for Traveling to Mexico for the First Time

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast

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Episode 5 | In Mexico, everyday is Taco Tuesday

I often tell people I had to move to Mexico because everyday is Taco Tuesday! What I never knew was just how many distinct types of tacos there are in Mexico and Mexico City.

I’m a bonafide taco addict who spent about one year living in Mexico City, eating (well above and beyond) my fair share of tacos.

This podcast will tell you everything you need to know about how to and where to eat authentic Mexican tacos while traveling in CDMX.

✍️ Based on this blog — 50 of the Best Tacos in Mexico City + Free Map

Category: Mexico City Podcast

Podcast Episodes: Best Mexico Travel Destinations


Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 26 | How to spend 4 days in Mexico City

Traveling to Mexico City? This is the travel itinerary you need in your life!

I lived in CDMX, as it’s known, for about one year, and in this episode, I break down a neighborhood-by-neighborhood itinerary so you’ll see all the most amazing sites in the best Mexico City neighborhoods.

✍️ Based on this blog — 4 Days in Mexico City: The Ultimate CDMX Travel Itinerary

Category: Mexico City Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 20 | Traveling to Tulum, Mexico

Wondering Is Tulum, Mexico open for travel? You’re in luck, because it sure is… and this podcast will tell you everything you need to know about safely traveling to Tulum during the pandemic.

This travel podcast also covers everything you’d need to know about Tulum, Mexico travel: from Tulum solo female travel safety, to how to get there and where to stay, to which Mayan ruins and Tulum cenotes to visit, where the best bars are …and, of course, where to find the best Mexican street food tacos!

✍️ Based on this blog — Is Tulum Open for Travel Right Now?

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast, Tulum Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 16 | Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

There’s no better time in Mexico than during Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos)! There are a few large celebrations in various parts of the country — but nothing compares to the festivities in Oaxaca City during this Mexican holiday. 

Though this holiday only takes place over Nov. 1-2 each year, it’s never too early to plan for a Day of the Dead trip — and some even plan nine months. in advance.

Check out the podcast to see why I say this is definitely the time to plan early… as well as everything you need to know about celebrating Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico.

✍️ Based on this blog — Oaxaca Day of the Dead: Travel Planning Guide

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast, Day of the Dead Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 14 | Pt. 1: Travel off the beaten path in Mexico

Part two continues in the next episode.

Unique Mexico travel destinations and off the beaten path places are kinda my thing.

Looking to travel to some Mexico hidden gems? If so, you’re in the right place… and you’ve come to the right guide!

In this podcast, we’re going to be discussing four of my favorites: Bacalar, Guanajuato City, Holbox Island and Sayulita.

✍️ Based on this blog — Mexico Hidden Gems: The 10 You Need to Know About

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 15 | Pt. 2: Travel off the beaten path in oaxaca

A continuation of last week’s episode.

Mexico’s off the beaten path travel destinations are kinda my thing!

Looking to travel to some Mexico hidden gems? If so, you’re in the right place… and you’ve come to the right guide.

In this podcast, we’re going to be discussing my absolute favorite place: Oaxaca! Why Oaxaca? You might be wondering. Oaxaca, in a word, is magical. I really believe that Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ka) is the Mexico people imagine Mexico to be… find out why in this episode.

✍️ Based on this blog — Mexico Hidden Gems: The 10 You Need to Know About

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 10 | Naa Adei talks Cancun (& Why it wasn’t for her)

Travel blogger, Naa Adei, of the blog The Pursuit Of Flyness, joins me to talk about her February 2020 trip to Cancun… one of Mexico’s biggest tourist destinations.

With 6+ million visitors annually, Cancun actually ranks as one of the world’s most-visited beach towns on the planet — but is it a place everyone will actually enjoy visiting 🤔🤔🤔?

✍️ Based on this blog — Cancún: My last trip before Corona

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast

Mexico Podcast: Dream to destination

Episode 6 | Retha talks things to do on Cozumel Island

Travel blogger, Retha, of the blog The Roaming Nanny, joins me to talk about her week-long trip to Cozumel Island in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Cozumel is a popular cruise ship stop — but it’s so much more than that!

In this podcast, Retha talks about getting her PADI diving certification, diving and snorkeling in Cozumel, renting a car, visiting Mayan ruins, her favorite sunset spot… and even Cozumel’s only microbrewery for locally-made beers.

✍️ Based on this blog — Things To Do On Cozumel Mexico: 19 Activities For Fun In The Sun

Category: Mexico Travel Podcast

Mexico Travel FAQ


MEXICO PODCAST: Mexico Travel Tips

Can you travel to Mexico right now?

Yes, travel between the U.S. and Mexico is open. As you’ll see below, there are no virtually no travel restrictions for Americans traveling to Mexico right now. Because of this, many Americans are flocking to Mexico for a respite in these tough times — as for many, travel is a coping mechanism of how to fight Covid-19 fatigue.

Do I need a negative Covid test to travel to Mexico?

No, you do not need to arrive in Mexico with a negative Covid test. However, once you arrive, authorities in the airport will likely take your temperature and not let you enter the country if it’s elevated. After leaving the airport, masks and temperature checks are often required to enter indoor spaces.

Is there a quarantine period in Mexico?

No, you’re not required to quarantine upon arrival in Mexico. It is one of only a handful of countries that allows U.S. travelers in, and/or don’t require a two-week quarantine period for visiting Americans.

Do I need a negative Covid test to return to the U.S.?

As of January 26, 2021, you are required to have a negative Covid test to return to the U.S. The negative test results must be dated within three-days of your flight. For now, only an Antigen Test/NAAT Test is required, according to the CDC

To accommodate for this, many airports in Mexico are offering rapid testing, so be sure to check with the airport you’re flying out of. If not, there are clinics throughout Mexico, particularly in the main tourist areas, offering rapid Antigen Tests for about $25-35; the PCR test is more expensive.

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Do Americans need a visa for Mexico?

No, U.S. passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to anywhere in Mexico. This no-visa-necessary rule is another reason why Mexico is one of the best travel destinations from the U.S.

When you arrive in Mexico and go through Customs and Immigration, you’ll receive a 180-day (6 month) FMM tourist visa. This is a small piece of paper you need to hold on to so you can give it back to Immigration when you leave the country.

There is no charge for the FMM, but if you lose yours, there is a charge of about $600 pesos ($30) to replace it. You’ll also some paperwork to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.

💡Pro Tip: Keep track of your FMM by storing it in a secure place like this travel wallet, along with all your other important travel documents.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now?

This answer depends on who you ask! The World Travel & Tourism Council’s global travel safety program, Safe Travels, has certified all of Mexico’s big travel destinations, including Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, as safe for travel. To qualify for this program, countries must follow rigorous cleaning and hygiene protocols.

However, the U.S. State Department and the CDC say to reconsider travel to Mexico.

Colorful buildings in downtown Oaxaca City, Mexico
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Is Mexico safe for travel?

Short answer: Yes!

Longer answer: Safety is a tricky subject because safety is a feeling, not a fact, and no place on Earth is 100% safe. As a larger country, Mexico has of good and bad parts. As tourism is the country’s biggest industry, the Mexican government does take measures to make sure the country is safe for its visitors.

While traveling to Mexico, and really anywhere else, you’ll want follow the 10 General Travel Safety Tips below, and register your trip with the STEP Program, a free travel safety initiative for U.S. citizens.

SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL SAFETY IN MEXICO

The answers to the questions above are tricky, because no place on Earth is 100% safe. However, statistically-speaking, travelers encounter very few incidents (the majority encounter none) when traveling to Mexico.

From personal experience of traveling solo and now living in Mexico, I have always felt safe. In an effort to have more voices in this conversation, I asked other female bloggers to write about their favorite safe destinations in Mexico, which you can check out in this article, Solo Travel in Mexico: 20 Destinations You Need To Visit.

10 General Travel Safety Tips
  1. When walking home alone at night stick to 5th Avenue, the main street in Playa del Carmen, as it’s well-lit and monitored by police.
  2. Always listen to your intuition because your intuition is always right.
  3. If you get a sketchy or uneasy feeling about a person or place, get away from that person or place asap. Don’t worry about making a kind, nice or politically correct exit from a creepy person or bad situation — Just get away fast.
  4. Don’t keep your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
  5. Learn some basic Spanish. If you can’t learn it, save this infographic as an image on your phone so you have something to use even if you’re off-WiFi.
  6. Take all of your belongings into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a cafe/bar neighbor to watch your things. This is annoying, for sure, but it works to not get your stuff stolen.
  7. Speaking of bar neighbors, don’t take drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended with one.
  8. Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
  9. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
  10. This should be a no brainer since you’re traveling during a pandemic, but get Travel Insurance!
Register for the STEP Program

Make sure you enroll in the free STEP Program before your trip. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, allows U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico to document your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate — which happens to be the Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen.

After you’ve registered, a U.S. Embassy or Consulate can contact you in the event of an emergency, including natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. STEP can also put you in touch with your family and friends back home in the event of an emergency while abroad.

Is it safe to drive in Mexico?

Is it safe to drive in Mexico?

Short answer: Yes!

Longer answer: As a general rule, driving in Mexico is considered safe, however, there’s the obvious caveat to that…

Since you will be driving in another country, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with Mexico driving laws, or ask the agent at your car rental company for advice.

🚗💨 Head to this article for 12 practical Mexico Driving Tips that will help you with how to drive in Mexico.

Need a rental car in Mexico? Book with Discover Cars!

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Do I need Mexico Travel Insurance?

Want an added level of security and peace of mind during these strange travel times? Just as you insure your car, home and body, you can also insure your luggage, belongings and health while traveling. After years of solo travel in Mexico, I will say there is one certainty with travel: Something will go wrong!

For this reason, there’s a whole page of this website dedicated to travel insurance, because it’s just that important. If Mexico travel safety is on your mind, get your free quote below from World Nomads, one of the biggest names in travel insurance for Mexico and beyond.

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What do I pack for Mexico?

Wondering exactly what to pack for Mexico? Head to this article for a complete guide on packing for your Mexico trip, The Ultimate Packing List for Mexico + FREE Printable Checklist.

Download your FREE printable packing list for Mexico below — it covers both Mexico beach packing and Mexico city packing. This multi-page Mexico packing checklist covers everything you’ll want to bring, and more importantly, what not to bring to Mexico.

🧳 FREE PRINTABLE PACKING LIST FOR MEXICO


Have Questions, or Mexico Podcast Topic Suggestions?

Have any Mexico travel questions — or even Mexico podcast topic suggestions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!


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