Gap Year in Mexico

Located in the southern part of North America, Mexico is quite popular among people all over the world due to its delicious tacos and quesadillas! We aren't sure if there's anyone who doesn't like Mexican cuisine, and perhaps it is rightly called as 'the gourmet capital of the world'! Spending your gap year in Mexico will endow you with the golden opportunity of learning how to cook these dishes and know their secret recipes. Apart from that, you can also explore the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles. Set out on an adventurous journey across Mexico that won't make a hole in your pockets, and experience the best that the country has to offer! Go Discover Abroad is here to help you with the planning and execution of your much-awaited trip!

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the Visa requirements?

All travelers, except passport holders of the Visa exempt countries will need a valid Visa to travel in Mexico. Passport holders of the countries on the exempt list can travel in Mexico without a visa for a period of up to 180 days. You will also not require a Mexican Visa if you are a permanent resident (but not holding pasport) or holding a current multiple entry Visitor Visa of US, UK, Canada, Japan or any country that is a signatory to the European Schengen Area. Get your necessary documents prepared and fill out your Visa form online then move ahead with your application by booking an appointment. 

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
 

I am a single traveler. Will I be charged a single-supplement?

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 
 

Will I get to know others in my group before I travel?

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to the Mexico, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
 

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
 

Do I need to book extra nights of Hotel Accommodation before or after the tour?

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
 

Are Airport transfers included?

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information. 
 

How much extra money will I need to carry?

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling Mexico. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 40-50 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Mexico, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of an emergency, if one arises. 
 

What are the vaccinations I need to take for traveling in Mexico?

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. The recommended vaccinations for traveling in Mexico are Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid, Rabies, and Malaria apart from the routine immunizations like Tetanus, flu shot etc.
 

What should I pack for my travels to Mexico?

You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re traveling in Mexico. Don’t be fooled by your assumptions when packing for your trip, Mexico is not all hot and sunny at all times. Locations at high altitudes like Mexico City, San Cristobal de las Casas can be quite chilly at certain times of the year. So pack in your beachwear essentials and some breezy, lightweight cotton clothing for combating the heat of Mexican summer (May-September). In the winter months (December-February) inland Mexico temperatures can be very well freezing, so depending on where your itinerary is going to take you, it is best to pack in warm jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts and the likes. Avoid wearing short shorts and halter tops in Mexico's inland destinations. Also, don’t forget to pack in your water-resistant jackets cause Mexican downpour can get pretty intense.