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Click here or anywhere on the map to see which countries Canadians are being asked to avoid. (CBC)

Reports of a young Canadian woman found beaten unconscious in a Mexican resort hotel have generated a flood of comments from the CBC community.

Many readers noted that the attack, the latest in a series of violent incidents involving Canadian visitors to Mexico, has made them wary of visiting the country.

  • "It's a pity, Mexico is a beautiful country, lovely climate and in general friendly people. But crime has gotten way out of control, and their government is unable or unwilling to handle the problem . . . anyone considering a vacation in Mexico should think hard before doing so. There are many safer places who would be happy to have your business." - What me worry
  • "Pending the outcome of the investigation, if there is a credible one, this may do a great deal to mute those who continue to suggest that Mexico is quite safe 'as long as you stick to the tourist areas.'" - Cybernetics
  • "Twelve years ago I travelled as a single woman throughout Mexico for four months and I had absolutely no problems the whole time...Today, however, I would not go back." - cdnbgirl

The Department of Foreign Affairs advises Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to the area surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. It also recommends visiting the Foreign Affairs website for more detailed information.

"Canadians travelling to Mexico should exercise a high degree of caution due to a deteriorating security situation in many parts of the country," the site warns. "While most major tourist areas have not been affected by the extreme levels of violence in the northern border region ... High levels of criminal activity, as well as occasional demonstrations and protests, remain a concern throughout the country."

Do you pay attention to travel advisories? Why or why not? Is Mexico, or any other country, on your no-go list? Take our survey and share your thoughts in the comments field below.

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