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Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« on: September 14, 2012, 04:46:06 pm »
Thought this would a good idea, post your travel tips here, handy tips that can save you getting into trouble with the law....
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2012, 04:48:28 pm »
Was told this today by a Zimbabwean, after hearing about a Swiss tourist who got heavily fined, do NOT say anything negative about Mugabe while in Zimbabwe, it is a criminal offence, you never know who you are talking to, and especially at borders.....
Also, NEVER take pictures of Beit Bridge, it is also a criminal offence.....
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2012, 04:54:43 pm »
If you get pulled over by the police in the USA, always, but ALWAYS keep your hands visible.
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2012, 04:55:49 pm »
In general, try not to obviously take pictures of military installations. More especially so in "developing" countries (e.g. most of South America, most of Africa).
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2012, 04:56:50 pm »
Do not smuggle drugs!!

Included in this - if you have to carry large amounts of personal prescription drugs, make sure you have a doctor's letter translated into the local (official) language with you.
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2012, 04:57:19 pm »
Don't get drunk in public in Muslim countries.
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2012, 09:54:05 pm »
Don't tell immigration officers in African countries that they reek of alcohol.....and never joke about smuggling anything.....nor indicate to your partner and say " yes, we are partners in crime" when they ask u if you are travelling together.

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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2012, 12:43:26 am »
Moet nerens met jou hande praat as jy ry nie.  Moslem lande is feitlik enige handgebaar problematies.  In die UK beter jy nie uitklim uit jou kar as jy die ander ou 'n PK wil gee nie.  Dis onmiddelik probleme.

Moet nooit vriende maak in 'n lughawe nie.  Die ou smokkel waarskynlik iets en wil jou as 'n mule gebruik.  Moet ook nie te behulpsaam wees met bagasie ens. nie.  Jy vat nie aan 'n ander ou se goed nie en klaar.

Moenie gesuip deur immigrasie probeer gaan in enige land nie.   Jy sal waarskynlik gedeporteer word!  OK nou gaan ek stop!

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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2012, 03:21:27 am »
In African countries never take photo's of banks or anything that looks suspect.
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2012, 02:05:11 pm »
Don't tell immigration officers in African countries that they reek of alcohol.....and never joke about smuggling anything.....nor indicate to your partner and say " yes, we are partners in crime" when they ask u if you are travelling together.

Ya Laurika, having traveled to 53 countries in my time, I'm yet to meet an immigration official with a sense of humour...  In the border crossing stakes, patience beats everything else, even humour.  But a friendly smile helps!
 

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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2012, 02:11:35 pm »
Don't tell immigration officers in African countries that they reek of alcohol.....and never joke about smuggling anything.....nor indicate to your partner and say " yes, we are partners in crime" when they ask u if you are travelling together.

Ya Laurika, having traveled to 53 countries in my time, I'm yet to meet an immigration official with a sense of humour...  In the border crossing stakes, patience beats everything else, even humour.  But a friendly smile helps!
correct, I recently travelled with someone that did all of the above....so I have first hand experience ......

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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2012, 05:48:28 pm »
When in a Muslim country, and if you get a bunch of dates in any form, and you can only ship so many with you: don't ask the female cleaning staff: "would you like some dates." Not in English, anyway.

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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2012, 06:01:56 pm »
Don't tell immigration officers in African countries that they reek of alcohol.....and never joke about smuggling anything.....nor indicate to your partner and say " yes, we are partners in crime" when they ask u if you are travelling together.

Ya Laurika, having traveled to 53 countries in my time, I'm yet to meet an immigration official with a sense of humour...  In the border crossing stakes, patience beats everything else, even humour.  But a friendly smile helps!
correct, I recently travelled with someone that did all of the above....so I have first hand experience ......

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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2012, 06:13:58 pm »
When travelling in Africa, try and leave the camo clothing at home. You can wear it when you come back home again.

Ditto other military kit. Just because that sleeping bag is the same one you klaared in with, doesn't mean the soldier/policeman in Angola/DRC will share you enthusiasm.

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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2012, 06:22:19 pm »
 :thumleft: Jacko - an AK 47 barrel in the mid-rif always wins any disagreement in a roadblock.

Patience is your most valued friend travelling Africa, as is a friendly greeting and appearing humble, when dealing with any official.

A couple of cans of any type of canned food, goes a long way in negotiations (money is never a good idea as the price goes up exponentially the more you "bargain")

Some countries though, when dealing with the populace in bigger cities, a friendly greeting costs money, as soon as you have made eye contact and exchanged pleasantries, the hounding for hand outs will start. Experience will learn when to ignore and when to greet.
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2012, 06:29:23 pm »
:thumleft: Jacko - an AK 47 barrel in the mid-rif always wins any disagreement in a roadblock.

Patience is your most valued friend travelling Africa, as is a friendly greeting and appearing humble, when dealing with any official.

A couple of cans of any type of canned food, goes a long way in negotiations (money is never a good idea as the price goes up exponentially the more you "bargain")

Some countries though, when dealing with the populace in bigger cities, a friendly greeting costs money, as soon as you have made eye contact and exchanged pleasantries, the hounding for hand outs will start. Experience will learn when to ignore and when to greet.

A month ago we found out that Wilson's XXX mints were very popular amongst border officials in Zim/Moz.   :biggrin:
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2012, 06:34:00 pm »
A few years ago in Zim, R10 quickly turned into a R100, which then turned into R 1000, however baked beans, bully beef and mixed veg kept their value .........................  :thumleft:
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2012, 12:31:36 pm »
In Malawi we just learned that a rider with a learners licence need to display it on the back of his bike. They said a "L"would be fine,and no, the "L"for Limpopo doesnt count.The rider did get a fine
Near our hometown Ellisras the traffic official wanted to give avontier a ticket because he was driving with a learners licence. He insisted on the ticket ,which made her wonder.....
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2012, 12:50:29 pm »
When flying with a concertina in hand luggage and the x-ray operator asks what that thing is, never.... I mean NEVER say its a bomb (not even with a smile and a bit of a giggle). Terrible way to spend 6 hours in an airport.
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Re: Travel tips, things NOT to do in other countries....
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2012, 01:04:39 pm »
Muslim countries:
Don't make any gesture towards a lady's head garments or clothing.
Do not approach a strange woman on the street to talk to or ask directions, avoid it, speak to the men.
Please do not try and stare down an official, just donít do it.
Middle east, illegal to even transit with pork in your luggage.

Central Africa:
Never bribe officials, you are digging a deep bottomless pit for yourself, soak up the abuse.
Do not exchange money from anyone except the official exchange buro
Keep on smiling, even though you would much rather kick him in the knee cap.