Laws exist either for a good reason, or because there used to be a good reason. Or maybe they are just the by-product of some bureaucratic misunderstanding.
- No chewing gum in Singapore. We have all had at least one unpleasant sticky moment with gum at some point. This may not be such a bad restriction. Spitting is also illegal.
- Stepping on currency in Thailand. You are stepping on the face or the royal family.
- Wearing high heels on ancient monuments in Greece and some other places. This is because of damage to the ancient stone, though high heels might also be a safety issue.
- No bringing mineral water or soft drink into Nigeria. They are available locally as Nigeria is one of the world’s highest consumers of soft drink.
- Denmark apparently insists that lights should always be on when driving.
- Since 2008 it has been illegal to feed pigeons in some parts of Italy. The local authorities don’t want to encourage the birds.
- Jaywalking is illegal in the USA. Use the proper crossings.
- Pseudoephedrine is banned in Japan. This is a common ingredient in nasal spray, which many travellers use when flying.
- Public eating is not allowed during Ramadan in some Muslim countries.
- Unauthorised Wi-Fi use is illegal in many places.
- Running out of fuel, stopping, or even going under a certain speed on German autobarns.
- Frowning is apparently illegal in Milan, Italy, though there are exceptions for funeral, and we are not sure how the law is enforced.
- It is also illegal to eat near churches and public buildings in Italy.
- Late night bathroom use in Switzerland does not allow anybody to flush after 10pm in an apartment.
- Barcelona (Spain) only allows swimwear at beaches and pool. It is not to be worn in general public places.
Planning an overseas trip, we suggest some online research into the cultures of the places you visit. And book a shuttle for a smooth ride to and from the airport.