>>2112946>would they just rob you or worse?
Or kidnap. >i'd like to drive between yucatan and mexico city
IMO that is pretty safe. The outskirts of mexico city are bad but you can avoid them. The parts of mexico that are not safe are the ones listed on the state department website as "do not travel." A lot of their warnings are embellished but those are accurate.>do they ever rob you or make you pay a bribe?
No, not at the checkpoints. But I don't do drugs so...>what does this mean
I mean you might run into a cop that suggests you pay him a bribe. Usually they won't be direct but will say like "for $20 I can take care of this so you don't have to wait in line at the station."
Just be patient and insist on "doing things the right way" and if they want money say you think you didn't do anything and want to go to the station and speak to a supervisor. They almost always fuck off. They try to act tough but they back down when they realize you won't hand over money.
I've been stopped a lot but only paid a bribe 2 times I think. The one I remember, he got me making an illegal left turn (the sign was hidden by trees) and it was sunday, I was hours south of the border and had to be back in the U.S. by Monday. He knew it and said he would have to take my license to the station and I would have to pay the fine on monday when they opened to get it back. So I gave the guy like 200 pesos which was less than the fine and he was satisfied. >Fuck that sucks, kind of ruins my whole plan actually
Mexico is cheap compared to the US if you stick to places that cater to mexicans mostly. Food and alcohol are much cheaper if you buy your own groceries and mid-range hotels are cheap.
Driving is more expensive though. The freeways have tolls and they are expensive. There are not many of them but the regular highways don't have them, but those are slow, in bad condition and have a lot of traffic.