7 Ways to Get Jailed (or Killed) While Traveling

Forget your ID in Japan, and end up in the pokey
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2010 8:20 AM CDT
Eat in public during Ramadan, and you may find yourself in a Dubai jail.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An African safari is likely to be a bit more exciting than a day at Disney Land, but there comes a point where enough is enough. Turner Wright, writing in Vagabondish, runs down seven travel ideas that'll get you killed—or at least some quality time in the local clink:

  • Running drugs, southeast Asia: Getting caught can put you on the wrong end of a firing squad or noose in places like China, Laos, and Singapore.
  • Forgetting ID, Japan: Foreign residents who fail to carry their gaijin card at all times can get 23 days in the pokey.

  • Dissing the royals, Thailand: The three to 15 years that action carries seems a little steep, especially since, as Wright notes "Thai prisons are worse than death."
  • Killing a cow, India: Wright cedes this isn't totally clear-cut, but in certain places, messing with a sacred bovine (or hitting one with your car) can net you anywhere from a year in jail to life to a death sentence.
  • Eating, United Arab Emirates: Or at least in public, during Ramadan. Avoid stuffing your face while the nation around you fasts, or be prepared to be jailed or fined.
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