Mexico, always an interesting subject. I have currently been in Mexico for 6 weeks. In my college I have joined an exchange program called a Dual Degree Program - This is a program designed for my Communications major between my school, Appalachian State University (ASU) in the U.S. and La Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico. Basically I take classes for my major at ASU for my Freshman and Senior years, and take them in Mexico at UDLAP for my Sophomore and Junior years. At the completion of my studies I will have a degree in Communications both UDLAP and ASU. Should be interesting, mas o menos. However before this program has started, I have been in a Spanish Immersion program for the past 5 weeks at UDLAP and have meet some really awesome people, Mexican and American alike. :) So far Mexico has treated me well and I'm looking forward to my next experiences.
Now to answer my question of why travel? - If you have never visited another country, you are missing out on a life changing experience, you meet people you never would have met and make life long friendships along the way. Yes countries have their stereotypes and dangers, just don't be stupid and you will be fine, that shouldn't stop you.
I used to think that it was just too expensive to even try traveling out of country. But turns out, it can be very similar to traveling just to another state. It can even be cheeper (and safer). Every day it is easier and easier for young people of today to travel and see the world. There are places in Mexico that you can go to and stay at a hostel for $10 a night and is right on the beach. And for the next two weeks I will be doing exactly that while I wait for school to start back up.