Forewarned is forearmed.
Before starting a journey, it’s better to learn about the specifics of the
country you are going to visit in advance. Otherwise, you may end up having
both small and big troubles.
For example, you can get
attacked by chuggers in Great Britain, you should look carefully under your
feet in Indonesia in order to not end up in jail, and stay extremely aware in
Australia because dangers are not only underfoot, but literally over your head.
Bright Side collected several
useful pieces of advice that can help you save money and nerves in your travels
abroad.
1.
Don’t count on Google Maps in South Korea.



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Alas, Google Maps won’t help
you build your route when traveling in South Korea. The government of this
country won’t give rights to Google for using their cartographic data because
of national security considerations. That’s why before starting a journey in
South Korea, you should install a local navigation app. The most popular one is
NAVER Map and it’s available in both Korean and English.
2.
You may run into overly persistent donation collectors in Great Britain.



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Chugger, the special word for
these people, was formed by combining the words “charity” and “mugger.” These
guys act quite persistently: they “attack” passers-by, greet them cheerfully,
and then convincingly ask them to donate a couple of pounds for a good cause.
Also, they often ask people to fill out a survey and donate money on a monthly
basis.
The method works — some
passers-by give money just to get rid of the chuggers. If you don’t want to
give any money, it’s better to not start a conversation with these street
fundraisers — it should be a voluntary act after all. In general, British
people don’t like chuggers for their intrusiveness, but they still treat them
patiently considering their activity as one of the ways of doing charity.
3.
It’s forbidden to eat or drink on public transportation in Singapore.

Singapore is sometimes called
the country of bans and it’s not for nothing. Maybe you’ve already heard that
smoking in public places is punishable by a fine of $1000. The fine for eating,
drinking, or breastfeeding on public transport is a little less — $500. So, if
you are in a metro dying of thirst, you’ll have to wait.
Why such strict laws? The
government of Singapore wants to prevent dangerous situations and
inconveniences for passengers. An accidentally spilled drink or food can ruin
the seats and it’s easy to slip and fall by stepping on spilled stuff.
4.
You can end up in prison if you step on the canang sari or say a bad word about
it in Indonesia.



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If you are going to visit the
Indonesian island Bali, then you should behave carefully when seeing canang
sari — offerings to the Hindu deity Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. Local residents
leave them right on the pavement daily. A person who steps on them, even
accidentally, or shows any kind of disrespect when seeing the offerings can be
imprisoned for up to 4 years and receive a large fine.
This is what happened to a
woman who called canang sari “dirty” in the presence of other people who
immediately informed the police about the incident. Eventually, the court found
the woman guilty of insulting Hinduism and put her behind bars for 14 months.
5.
It’s almost impossible to buy something after 9 PM in Switzerland.

Swiss shops close at 6:30 PM
on most days and at 9 PM on Thursdays. They don’t work on Sundays at all.
However, there are still small shops that work according to their own rules.
And even if some store is open
after 9 PM, you won’t be able to buy alcohol in it — selling it is prohibited
at this time. That’s why it’s better to think about buying products and other
stuff in Switzerland beforehand. This is also true for some other European
countries like Austria and Germany.
6.
It’s forbidden to export local currency, the Tunisian dinar, from Tunisia.

Tunisian dinar relates to the
so-called “close currencies” and that’s why any attempt to take it out of the
country can put you in trouble with the law. Despite the risk of being checked
at the airport when leaving Tunisia, some tourists take paper notes or coins as
souvenirs, mixing them in their purse with a different currency. However, if
you’re caught carrying a few coins or a couple of pieces of paper money, it’s
not likely that you will be charged, the officers will simply take the money
and shake their finger at you.
7.
Toilets in Thailand may shock you.

This is true not only for
Thailand, but for many other Asian countries where toilet stalls exist that are
unusual for Europeans and Americans. They can be easily found outside of
popular tourist areas.
One should use these toilets
by squatting and flushing the pot with the help of a bucket or a special scoop.
Moreover, it’s likely that you won’t find any toilet paper inside because local
people often prefer to use water instead.
8.
There are fake policemen on the streets of Italy.

Like in some other countries,
there is a risk of bumping into “fake” police in Italy. They “check” tourists
under various pretexts and steal money from their pockets. Sometimes, people in
civilian clothes act like policemen (those are real police officers in the
photo above) and show a fake badge.
Real policemen in civilian
clothes don’t check documents from tourists because they have completely
different tasks. If you encounter this situation, don’t rush to show your
documents and the inside of your purse. It’s better to ask them to call the
real police — usually, it’s enough to make these pseudo-police disappear.
9.
There’s a chance you could accidentally “break” a taxi in China.

There are many schemes where
taxis cheat tourists in different countries of the world, but it’s in China
where you can be blamed for damaging a transport vehicle. It’s done like this:
a sly taxi-driver glues the broken handle of their passenger door and when the
unsuspecting passenger tries to open the door, the handle suddenly “breaks.”
The taxi-driver starts to
shout and makes the passenger pay for the damage. In these cases, it’s better
to get the police involved; it’s likely that you will be found not guilty. And,
of course, it’s better to know how to get in touch with legal taxis in advance,
so you don’t get involved in an unpleasant situation. For example, in Beijing,
all registration numbers of legal taxis begin with the symbols
B.
10.
Not everything in Australia wants to kill you. However, there is a pinch of
truth in this joke.



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Danger is present not only
from the spiders and snakes in this country, but also from harmless-looking
grass and a cute bird. The Australians themselves joke that with the coming of
spring, which starts in September in the Southern hemisphere, there are 2
issues: bindi and magpies and we’re going to tell you about them in detail.
Australian bindi is not a
sacred sign on a forehead, as you might think judging by the name. And it’s not
even the daughter of Steve Irwin. It’s a harmful weed that looks like parsley.
The grass itself isn’t dangerous, but the prickly seeds that furiously dig into
the feet of people and the paws of animals are. Even shoes can’t protect you.
Australians use a special herbicide in order to get rid of this troublesome
stuff.



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Australian magpies don’t look
like European ones and even belong to a different type of bird species. Their
main feature is aggressive behavior during their mating period. Birds violently
attack pedestrians, as well as those who ride bicycles or motorcycles. Look at
how persistent this magpie is in following an Australian cyclist who seems to
be accustomed to these attacks.
Despite their bad attitude,
some magpies treat people well, especially those who feed them. The birds will
even sit on their arms and introduce humans to their baby magpies. The thing is
that Australian magpies, just like our crows, are able to remember people’s
faces as well as those people who were aggressive toward them. The Australian
authorities advise citizens to not provoke the birds and, if possible, avoid
the places where they nest.
Which specific rules of other
countries are you aware of? Please tell us about them in the comments and
perhaps they will help some of our readers to stay out of trouble when
traveling abroad.
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.