Traveling is a lot of fun until you do something that will land you in hot waters. Every country, and every city for that matter, has its own customs. While tourists will rarely knowingly disrespect locals’ culture they may end up doing so anyway.[slideshow:104420]
Most travelers stay out of trouble with local law enforcement, but mistakes happen. There is a whole new pool of legal tests to negotiate when you’re traveling to another country.
An innocent act of hugging can be considered public indecency in other parts of the world. Other “crimes” such as littering can, unbeknownst to you, carry a sentence of time in prison.
Some rules are, quite frankly, weird and funny – to foreigners. A few seemingly harmless acts may get you in a lot of trouble.
Different people have different understandings of what is impolite, normal or offensive.