I am planning a trip to visit friends in Belize, either this fall or next spring. I am in Los Angeles and would like to drive there with my dog, but I keep getting told as a single woman (not that it matters but I'm a 32 year old lesbian) I should not do it. I have started looking for travel partners, but I am still being told that it is too dangerous to drive through Mexico, even if I had a male companion with me. From my research, it seems people have extremely different experiences. Either everything goes fine, or they have near-death experiences from being shot at by cartels. I still cannot decide whether I should fly or drive, but I would prefer to drive. From what I gather it is this -
Pros: It would be nice to not have to buy two plane tickets (one for my dog), it would be preparation for my trip in Belize (friends are camping there for a year), and it would be an adventure.
Cons: I could die (from what people are telling me, not what I think but I also don't want to be ignorant).
Thanks in advance.