There are many reasons to travel abroad – one of which is to get medical work done. Traveling for medical needs to third-world countries benefits many coming from the United States and Canada as the cost is much cheaper. For an example, a routine teeth cleaning service from a local dentist can range between $2,000 – $3,000 US Dollars. The same procedure can be done in Costa Rica or Mexico for $50 – $200 US Dollars.

Is It Safe?

The most asked question I get is if it’s safe to visit other countries even if it’s just to get medical treatment done. Traveling to any country poses some type of risk. If you go to the USA and visit Chicago you run the risk of being the victim of some sort of criminal activity. In reality you just have to be wise and not go to the shady side of town and you will be perfectly fine. Latin American countries are no different from the states. I would just advise to check the travel warning issued by your federal government and follow the recommendations of the locals since they know best.

My last trip was one of the most productive vacations I have ever had. I had such a tight budget and still had an awesome time. Everything started when I booked a flight to go visit my relatives in South Carolina. At checkout, Spirit offered me like four different deals which I kept denying until the fourth one said that I could have a cruise spending 5 nights and 6 days in the Caribbean for $199. I didn’t think about it twice and took the deal. Minutes after, I received a phone call from a Caribbean carnival representative which explained to me all the details about the cruise deal and of course the catch. I had to take a 90 minute presentation in a resort in Florida before being able to get my ticket to the cruise. To me, it didn’t look like a big deal so I went ahead with the reservation. Once I was booked I called a dentist in Mexico and booked my appointment to get a few minor procedures done.

The presentation was long, I think they kept me for like 5 hours until they finally gave up on me and let me go. With my cruise boarding ticket in hand I left ready to start my vacation for real.

Our first stop was at the Bahamas, when I got to take a few Instagram worthy pictures with the swimming pics. The cruise headed then to Jamaica where I got to taste amazing food and heard some amazing stories from the locals. We then were ready to get to our last stop, Cozumel, Mexico. Here I got to see Dr. Perez, he and his staff took awesome care of me and since they were already expecting me they made sure I was out and ready to go in a few hours to get back on the cruise.

All in all this was one of the best decisions I had ever made. If you too are like me and need to save some money on dental work I would suggest you give going to another country a try to get your work done.

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