Travelling to another country is obviously one of the best ways to see the world, and if you’re like many Americans, you might want to visit far off locales where the culture is very different. While travelling this way can be very rewarding and exciting, it can also be problematic for many Americans in certain parts of the world due to political conflicts and tension.
This doesn’t mean you need to stay home though – it just means that you need to be careful when you’re travelling. Use this guide to help you avoid serious problems when you’re travelling abroad as an American citizen.
Unlike the United States, some countries have very different penalties for getting into an accident. For example, in Mexico, an American that causes a traffic accident could end up in jail until he or she pays a fine to get out. In some cases, those fines could be very expensive. Also, diplomatic intervention may be necessary to get you out of jail if somebody is injured.
If you must drive in a foreign country, do so carefully and never consume alcohol or take your eyes off the road even if there are no laws to prohibit cell phone usage.
Drinking Too Much
In some places, particularly in parts of the world where the majority of residents are Muslim, public intoxication can be a serious crime. While many hotels and restaurants in places like Dubai have a license to serve alcohol to foreigners, drinking too much out in the public can land you in jail very quickly.
If you’re going to drink in countries where the population doesn’t consume alcohol as a general rule, make sure you remain relatively sober if you’re going out. Otherwise it is wise to stick to your hotel.