So you’ve bought your Official Ticket Packages (or are in the process) and now eagerly awaiting your trip. However, before you can head south of the border for the FORMULA ONE GRAN PREMIO DE MEXICO 2015 make sure you’re fully equipped with everything you need to know about what to do BEFORE & DURING your trip to Mexico to keep your trip exciting, fun and most importantly safe!
The truth is that anywhere you travel, anything can happen. Being well-informed about where the risks lie in your travels should help avoid you any possible mishaps and allow you to experience Mexico City’s world-class cuisine, rich culture and majestic nature.
Below are some international tips to ensure you have the best possible experience at the Formula 1™ Mexican Grand Prix:
Before You Go
Get Your Passport
- If you do not have a valid passport, make arrangements to get it renewed or get a new one weeks, if not months, in advance. This process can take as long as three weeks to two months! You can apply for a new passport here >>. Also, make a copy of your passport to bring with you just in case it’s lost or stolen.
Research Local Laws and Customs
- Not all countries have the same laws and it is important to be aware of these differences when traveling to a foreign country for a couple days.Like with any region, customs vary. Gestures considered harmless at home can be very offensive to the citizens of another country.
- Like most international airports, they are INSANE. Packing smart and light will help minimize the amount of luggage you have to carry around and also help avoid having too much to keep track of once you land.
- Guidebooks usually include maps, key words or phrases, and give you details for great places to visit and things to see.
Contact Your Bank
- One of the most frequent things done is to forgetting to notify your bank that you’ll be traveling to another country. Most banks have security measures in placed to stop purchases from being made when it recognizes an attempt in an unusual country. Be sure they know you’re traveling so your cards are not cancelled.
Contact Your Wireless Provider
- Most of us don’t already have an international plan option with our current phones. Contact your wireless provider so you’re clear on the cost, and whether you need an international data or calling plan. If you’re active on your phone it’s a good idea and relatively inexpensive to add an international data plan.
During Your Trip
- Although transportation to the circuit is included in Official Ticket Packages, if you’ll be attending events outside of the program, it is important to know what to do as transportation in Mexico can be tricky. Avoid hailing cabs in the street. Ask your hotel to call a cab for you. They will take note of the number of the taxi and the driver’s name as a safety precaution. At the airport and bus stations in Mexico City there are official taxis (Taxis Autorizados) you should take.
Always Have Local Cash
- Not every place you’ll visit will accept credit cards. Look up the monetary conversion before you go. There will be plenty of currency exchange locations throughout the city, including the airport.
Do NOT Drink Tap Water
- Foreign countries, just as different cities in the U.S., have different water filtration systems. To avoid any possible health issues, refrain from drinking water that is not proclaimed as purified. You should buy bottled purified water to drink; it’s inexpensive and available on virtually every street corner.
Remember Where You’re Staying
- Write down the name of your hotel and other places you’ll be visiting. Not only will you need it for customs as you enter the country, but it could come in handy if you happen to lose your phone/or your phone dies, you get lost/separated from your group, or you need it while asking for directions due to language barriers.
Err On The Side Of Caution & Have Fun
- Ultimately, practice caution when traveling abroad. There are many incredible things, places and experiences to live out while in Mexico, and being prepared will only increase the probability of you having a amazing time during the FORMULA ONE GRAN PREMIO DE MEXICO 2015.
Gran Premio de Mexico VIP: Plan Your Trip Today
If you haven’t bought your Official Ticket Packages yet, you can do so here>>. Packages include a variety of amenities ranging from access to the Paddock Club™ facility or the exclusive Legends Club, exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities with drivers and racing legends, access to the Support Race Paddock, VIP Parking, Fast Access Passes, and much more!
Get more information on Official Ticket Packages by calling 844-319-8387 to speak to a QuintEvents representative to book the perfect package for you or visit the Gran Premio de México VIP website. Plan your trip to Mexico today!
And be sure to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #MEXICOGPVIP!