We go abroad to explore, soak up the atmosphere and immerse ourselves in a new culture, which we wouldn't get to experience while staying in the UK. However, as with any country there are certain rules and regulations that must be adhered to; in the UK we are not allowed to smoke in covered public places, dropping litter can lead you with a fine and sex in public is strongly prohibited. When at your destination, chances are you will come across a brand new set of rules that must be adhered to... however strange they may be! Check out some of these...
Throughout the majority of countries, littering and spitting is always unacceptable alongside swearing, mooning, streaking, having sex in public places, being excessively drunk and/or disorderly and using or being in possession of drugs. Smoking indoors or outside of designated areas can also land you a hefty fine or lead to being arrested so remember to check first before you light up! In some conservative based countries, you can also be arrested for dressing inappropriately.
Many British tourists think that these rules do not apply to them and that they can use their passport as a 'get out of jail free' card. However, this is not the case. The rules of the country apply to anybody and everybody. Alongside having adequate travel insurance, it is important to research your destination's local laws and customs before you travel, as what might be legal and acceptable here in the UK may not be in another country. If you 'know before you go', you can potentially save yourself a lot of hassle and stress in the long run.
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