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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Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

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Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.