Travelling overseas can be a real delight, allowing access to a wealth of opportunities. As you immerse yourself in a new culture, relaxing into a holiday, it may seem like things could hardly get any better. But might there be problems looming on the horizon?
An increasing number of tourists seem to fall foul of the
authorities when abroad. Activities that may be perfectly legal at home can
sometimes be seen in a different light when overseas. This can come as quite a
shock and there are plenty of horror stories about individuals who have been
You may feel that, as a law abiding citizen in everyday
life, there is no chance of you getting into difficulties. But others have felt
the same way too. The truth is that it’s all too easy for problems to occur.
So how can you avoid these issues? As a starting point, you
need to be sure that you are properly informed. If you understand the local
laws when visiting a country, you clearly put yourself in a far stronger
position. There are all sorts of ways of getting that information, including
buying a good quality guidebook.
If you do find yourself in trouble, then it’s also important
that you should have access to the contact details of those who can help. This
will mean making sure that you can reach an Embassy, if needed, while also
being aware of lawyers who can assist. With those sorts of details available to
you, appropriate precautions will have been taken.
Ultimately, of course, there is also the question of using
plenty of common sense. Think about your actions and activities. If you are
visiting a country with a particularly conservative outlook, then is it
possible that local people may object? In such cases, you need to give due consideration
to whether you might look to avoid particular actions and whether you should be
altering your behaviour.
Enjoy your trip and stay out of trouble by following this