7 Things American Travelers Need to Understand

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4. Being American Doesn’t Make You Exempt From Local Laws

It seems obvious, but some need to be reminded of this fact. American laws apply while you’re in America. Go anywhere else, and guess what: they have laws too! If you break another country’s laws, you may end up in prison. That’s a bad trip.

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5. Opposites Don’t Always Attract

Americans have a pretty relaxed attitude towards conduct between opposite sexes. For example, sitting beside your gender opposite on public transportation doesn’t usually cause a stir. However, this isn’t true in many places. Before you go, research local social customs for men and women, as well as what behavior is acceptable in public if you’re planning to travel with your partner.

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6. Don’t Speak Ill of the Politics of the Country You’re Visiting … at Least Until You Get Home

Espionage isn’t only for the movies. Some countries have English speaking spies, and incriminating evidence of badmouthing their government can land you in serious trouble. Freedom of speech is something we all too often take for granted in America. In foreign countries, your speech might be monitored, so keep in mind that the risk can be high for speaking your mind.

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