Oasis resort in Cancun
Travel outside Canada always brings with it inherit dangers, but after two separate incidents that resulted in the death of three Canadians from BC, the federal government has issued a travel advisory for Mexico.
A suspect security situation, an increase in gang violence and even criminals posing as police officers have all contributed to the warning issued.
27 year old Regina resident, Ryan Kuntz recently visited the Oasis resort in Cancun over New Years. He says it was unlike anything he's seen before.
"Several police cars with lights and sirens going off, you never like to see that any place you are and this is during the day time too, not just at night. We would take a ten minute cab ride and we'd see two or three cop cars with lights flashing. It's always in the back of your mind to mind your own business. Travelling in a group and together is the safest, because there's strength in numbers," added Kuntz.
In addition to the abundance of police activity, Kuntz along with a few friends experienced the dangers first hand when their hotel room was broken into.
"The fortunate thing was that we were in the hotel room when the gentlemen entered the premises. We asked them what they were doing and they replied they had the wrong room. We seen them checking other rooms to, and our lock was broken on our door so obviously they broke in. This resort experience and this vacation was just not up to snuff."
Kuntz says many rooms do have safes upon request and that they're always a good idea as the hotel staff do make a point of reminding you upon check-in that without a safe, the hotel is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Kuntz says that before travelling anywhere from now on, he'll be doing more thorough research before booking a vacation.