I like to watch Locked Up Abroad. It’s an interesting show, especially if you are interested in prison life in foreign countries. Me? I just like to make fun of the people who are stupid enough to land in jail in the first place. Isn’t it just smart to follow the rules when you’re out of your element and vulnerable? I would think so, but given the fact that LUA is on it’s 8th season or something, there are always going to be those people who just don’t seem to get it. Here are some of my tips for staying out of the slammer and avoiding an appearance on that TV show.
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
This might sound like a no-brainer, but LUA wouldn’t even exist if not for people doing stupid shit when they’re drunk or high. I know that part of traveling in exotic lands is sampling the local brews and having fun with your friends. No one’s telling you that you have to stop doing that. But just be smart about it. Being drunk and stupid can get you in a lot of trouble, no matter where you are.
And as far as drugs go? Don’t bother! There are only a handful of places in the world where drugs are legal or tolerated, and you probably know that. That being said, why do the people on LUA always say things like, “I didn’t know 12 kilos of heroin was illegal in Thailand!”. Really? Are you serious? Had you even thought to investigate what might happen to you if you got caught with all that shit? It’s really a no brainer, people. Obviously some people do get away with smuggling drugs, or else there wouldn’t be drugs, but what makes you think that you won’t get caught? Are you really willing to risk years of your life, and the possible end of it, for a few thousand dollars in smuggler’s fees? Is it worth it?
Know the Law
There are laws all over the world. It’s just a fact. The laws can vary widely from country to country, and many countries have laws that are based on religious ideals. Hopefully you’re one of those people that realizes that laws are there for a reason and, no matter how stupid you think the laws may be, you try not to break them. Good for you. However, did you realize that when you’re traveling in another country, those countries’ laws apply to you to?! Even though you’re not a citizen? Yes, it’s true. People go to jail all over the world for things which may sound trivial to you and I, but are very real crimes in those countries. Jaywalking, spitting, chewing gum, sex outside of marriage, the list goes on and on and there are people in jail cells right now for doing one or more of those things. Do you think that they investigated the laws before they visited these countries? Probably not. Or maybe they just felt that the laws didn’t apply to them because they’re foreigners. Wrong. The laws apply to everyone, and you’d be doing yourself and your family and friends a big favor if you just did a bit of homework first.
There are many things that I could tell you that might help you avoid jail, but this is the main one… Use your common sense! If it feels wrong don’t do it. It’s just that easy.