We travel to explore the beautiful world around us.
Travelling actually enables us to better understand ourselves, our world, and our place in it. Travel not only changes the way we think about the world we see, but it can also help us carry back a spirit of innovation into our daily lives.
But what if it becomes stressful sometimes? We all know what Travel is. Freedom to do whatever you want.
Well, generally yes, but some conditions apply. We are referring to the social norms and rules of a country’s culture.
There are some seemingly harmless habits that can actually get you in a lot of trouble if you don’t follow the local laws. To be clear, this isn’t a list of cliched laws like “you can’t drink and drive” or something. These are laws that are laws that are unique to certain countries and could severely impact your travels.
Many state and countries have odd laws governing everything from kissing to singing in public.
For example, you might get jailed while kissing your partner in public in UAE.
It’s better to know these regulations than to argue with the cops, we say.
Thus, here are some unusual laws that you should be aware of if you plan on visiting any of these places.
1) Singapore – Connecting to your Neighbors’(or any other person’s) Wi-Fi and using it.
Yes, you read it right. As per the cybersecurity act in Singapore, using another person’s Wi Fi is known as hacking. The penalty for this crime is 3 years’ jail or 10,000$ or sometimes both. So while traveling to Singapore try not to use another person’s Wi Fi without asking them.
2) Avoid Wearing High Heels While Traveling To Greece
Greece is a very popular destination for Travelers, as it features world-famous historical Pyramids, Acropolis of Athens, Delphi, and many more ancient monuments.
To preserve these ancient sites, Greek officials have placed a ban on high heels. According to the law, female visitors must wear shoes that do not damage the monuments, as they feel these monuments have a skin that suffers and people must realize that.
So wear flats/ Sandals when you’re seeing the sights in Greece — you’ll be more comfortable, anyway.
3) Feeding pigeons in public is a criminal offense in Venice, San Francisco, Singapore and Mexico
People are used to feeding pigeons with their hands in many countries around the world. But refrain from doing do while visiting the places mentioned above, as it can get you into trouble.
4) It is illegal to wear pink hot pants/ shorts after Mid-day on Sundays in Victoria, Australia
Sounds bizarre? Yes, it’s more than just a fashion crime. It is okay if you wear it through Monday to Saturday. We know It’s hard to digest the original point of this. But who wants to go to jail while Traveling? So say no to pink pants in Victoria.
5) Florida – No Farting Law
No farting in public after 6 pm in Florida. Yes, it may sound weird but it’s a fact. There is a high level of methane release in Florida as compared to other US states. Through this bizarre law they want to prevent potentially dangerous clouds of methane gas in the environment.
6) Milan – Smile please or you will be arrested
Milan must be a happiest city in the world because of its bizarre old rule. According to the 19th century old law that everyone needs to constantly smile while in public places; only hospital workers and those who go to funerals are not to abide by this rule. So while visiting Milan keep that smile on your face or you could be facing a pretty heavy fine.
7) Singapore – you cannot chew a bubble gum
If you’ve ever visited Singapore, you will find the street, clean and neat. Besides having a lot of money, the local government is very strict about anything that could possibly harm their precious city. Besides the ban on cigarettes, it is also illegal to spit and chew bubble gum in Singapore. The law is followed since 1992 due to the damage it caused to the public transit system.
8) You mustn’t drive a car shirtless in Thailand
Don’t let the cozy summer weather keep you to joy ride with your shirt off in Thailand. Police can (and do) hand out tickets if they find you shirtless while driving a car or motorcycle in Thailand.
9) Can’t travel with your pets without a Pet Passport
Taking your cat, dog, pig, or turkey abroad sometime soon? Then get one passport for them. Yes, you read it right. If you are traveling with your pet, make sure with your travel agent that the countries you are visiting allow to enter your pet. Countries where you will need to show a Pet Passport include UK, US, Canada, Australia, and Japan.
10) Dirty car offense in Russia
Russians have got this law right. While traveling, if you are driving a rental car in Russia, make sure you keep it clean. Or otherwise be ready for a fine of 2000 rubles (about $30). This law is regulated to prevent muddied and obscured, dirty license plates. By keeping it clean police officers can now easily see the number plates.
Have you ever been to any other countries with such bizarre laws? Do share your experiences in the comments section below.
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