Taking a trip abroad can be a wonderful way to enjoy some much deserved vacation time. However you must be careful when you travel outside of the United States. You must handle your money with the greatest of care and you must make safety a top priority. You also must make sure that you obey all of the laws in the country you are visiting and stay on your best behavior. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a legal problem when you are thousands of miles away from home. Let us take a closer look at this.
Be Money Savvy!
The last thing you want is to be carrying wads of cash with you on your trip. To avoid this potential for problems change your travelers’ checks only as you require the currency. When you use your credit card to buy something make sure that it is handed back to you immediately. When you are exchanging money in any manner in a foreign country always deal with authorized agents only. This includes when you buy souvenirs and purchase airline tickets. Whatever you do avoid buying anything off of the black market!
If your money or any of your possessions is stolen on your person or from your hotel room then do not delay in reporting it to the local police department. Make sure that you hold onto a copy of the police report that you can use for your insurance claim (if applicable).
You went on a vacation abroad in order to have a good time not to get into legal hot water! There are things you must do to ensure that you do not run into legal issues that can follow you home or keep you in the foreign land for longer than you wish to be there.
When you visit a foreign country you are subject to all of that country’s laws and rules. You are under that country’s jurisdiction. There are no exceptions to this! The laws in the United States are not the same as they are in every other country. There are actions that are legal in the U.S. or are minor infractions that can lead to an arrest in other countries. This is something you need to be aware of before you go! You need to get acquainted with the country’s laws before your plane lands.
Drug violations are taken seriously in other countries. In fact more than one-third of American citizens who are in prison abroad are there because of drug charges against them. Possession and trafficking are considered the same in some countries and carry mandatory sentences. There have been Americans who have been arrested abroad for being in possession of prescription drugs (the most common examples of these being amphetamines and tranquilizers). If you are taking any type of drug treatment then find out about foreign drug laws from the U.S. embassy or consulate before you take your trip.
You would not think that taking photographs would be a crime but it is in some countries. In a number of countries you can be detained if you are caught taking pictures of any institutions that are related to security. Examples of these include police stations, military installations, border areas, transportation facilities or buildings that house government offices. If you are not sure if you are allowed to take a specific photo of a building or not then get permission before you start snapping away.