10 Strangest Laws from Around the World

10 Strangest Laws from Around the World

Apparently, it’s against the law to wear high heels at the ancient Greek ruins. Good to know, right?

With the rapid pace of globalization, it's becoming our duty as global citizens to be more culturally aware. In the United States, it is reported that the millennial generation is more interested than older generations in international travel - by a whopping 23 percent! The UN states that 20% of all international tourists (which is close to 200 million travelers) are part of Gen Y.

It just makes sense for us to travel while we're younger, rather than wait until later. And what better way to plan for your next getaway than by learning about weird laws and customs from around the world? After all, traveling is all about widening our worldviews, right?

    1. In Singapore, you can’t be naked in your own house

    ....if your blinds are open.

    Punishable by a stiff fine and up to 3 months in jail , a police officer is allowed to enforce this law by breaking down your door to arrest you if necessary. So if you are in the small city-state and feel an overwhelming urge to be in the nude, make sure pedestrians or neighbors don't get an unintended eyeful.

    2. PDA is outlawed in the UAE.

    kissing, hugging, holding hands - should be avoided at all cost when out and about in public view. Holding hands is permitted for married couples, but everything else is considered an offense to public decency. PDA is liable to be punished by imprisonment or deportation.

    3. In Barbados, it is an offense for anyone, even children, to dress in camouflage clothing if you’re not in the military


    4. In Mississippi, swearing in front of two or more people in public could land you in jail for up to 30 days. Or you could pay up to $100 to the state swear jar

    This law may seem like a direct assault on the First Amendment, but it’s only trying to protect the public.

    5. In Germany, it’s illegal to run out of gas on the highway, or the autobahns, because they’re seen as an avoidable occurrence


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    6. If you’re an atheist, you’re not allowed to run for office in the state of Texas. At the very least, you must acknowledge the presence of a “supreme being.”

    7. Be sure to never step on currency if you’re in Thailand.

    The Thai Baht bears the picture of the King and it is illegal to defame, insult, or threaten the royal family in any way.

    8.You can’t wear high heels to an ancient Greek site

    The government has banned shoes that could hurt the monuments in any way since 2008. Experts say that stilettos can transmit more pressure per square inch than an elephant.

    9. In France, you can legally marry a deceased person

    The living spouse must get the approval of the President and Justice Minister, and to qualify, one must provide evidence that the deceased intended to marry them while alive.

    10. It’s illegal to own an unregistered computer modem in Burma

    And foreigners who enter Burma with a computer are most likely to have them confiscated.
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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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Solo Travel As An Extrovert Is Not Easy

Traveling alone, I can choose to view it as a difficult separation from other people or a journey of learning more about myself.


Life has a funny way of revealing itself and after my mom ditched me on our mother-daughter trip to Taiwan, I found myself on a plane headed to a country I had never visited where I didn't know a soul. (Disclaimer: I have relatives in Taiwan but had never met them prior to the trip.) I was excited for the adventure that awaited, fear not setting in of how difficult it would be not to just travel in a foreign country where I didn't speak or read any Mandarin beyond the very, very basics (Literally my vocabulary consisted of 10 simple words/phrases, one of which was the word for "apple" which isn't that helpful for getting around. I have since picked up a few more phrases.), but also be alone with just myself for company.

So much of who we are is influenced by the people around us. A large part of our identity comes the communities we choose to be part of and how we interact with others. But who are we when no one's looking? Who am I without the pressure of other people around me?

I am an extrovert. I get my energy from being around other people. It's not that I can't spend time by myself; I just prefer to be in the company of others even if we aren't always interacting the entire time. My best friend and I will even do independent activities together. (Once when we were hanging out, she was knitting and I was doing a puzzle. I swear we don't act like grandmas all the time.)

Although an extrovert, I'm still a pretty independent person who doesn't like to rely on others for help. But traveling alone in Taiwan, I don't have much of a choice. I'm forced to learn to navigate public transport myself and somehow survive with the basic English that Taiwanese locals know.

Learning to travel alone has been an emotional and difficult journey as this is the first time I've been on my own for this long. Although lonely at times, I've realized that loneliness is a mental state of mind. There is the Sanskrit saying, "Mana eva manushyanam karanam bandha moksayoh" which translates to "As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation are in your own mind." My mind determines my emotional state of being and perspective! Traveling alone, I can choose to view it as a difficult separation from other people or a journey of learning more about myself.

Through solo travel, I am slowly learning to be comfortable with my own company which has been the biggest challenge. I was never an only child, I've always had a roommate in college, and even when I study, I go to public spaces like coffee shops so I can be surrounded by people. I don't know what to do when it's just me and my thoughts all the time. (Especially during meals. Should I appear busy on my phone like all the other single people around me?)

Because when you're traveling alone, you're in charge. You have control. You can change the itinerary from moment to moment without anyone's approval. No one's holding you accountable. Spontaneity? Let's go. You can build barriers but you can also tear them down. It's fun, it's exhilarating. But it's also scary. And unpredictable.

Would I go on another solo expedition in the future? Preferably not as traveling is way more enjoyable when you have someone to share the experience with. It's the people, not the place who make all the difference on a vacation. Yet I do believe solo travel is an experience that everyone should embark on at some point in their life (to grow and learn more about yourself).

This trip has taught me to find spontaneity in the fear and excitement and I've learned to embrace discomfort and unpredictability. To travel with not just my mind and logic but my heart. There are so many unique experiences, if you overthink too much, you'll lose your chance.

I've found that when I am alone, I become more vulnerable and open to meeting new people and having more offbeat experiences. I say yes with zero hesitation. Certainly, there are friends I made, hikes I climbed, streets I meandered, and epiphanies I had that wouldn't have transpired had I been with my mom or a group of people.

Traveling alone, I am now more confident in myself and am ready for the next wave that life throws me. Because I've learned that once you overcome the fear of being by yourself, getting lost (which you will), or accidentally eating meat as a vegan because you didn't understand the signage (I'm sorry!), the world in all its vast infinity can be pretty great. And there are some things that you can only learn on solo travel.

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