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What to Do When You Experience Legal Trouble While Traveling



What to Do When You Experience Legal Trouble While Traveling

Do you travel frequently? Are you planning a trip soon? No matter how often you travel, you may not have considered the possibility that you could get into legal trouble while you’re on your trip. If you don’t currently have a plan for what you’ll do if you encounter legal issues, this article will help.

Contact an attorney right away

The first thing you need to do if you get into legal trouble is contact an attorney. This is true regardless of where you are, but it’s most important when you’re traveling in an unfamiliar area. You never want to face criminal charges alone. For instance, in Fort Worth, Texas, you could face some serious penalties if convicted. A good defense lawyer will help to minimize the consequences as much as possible.

If you’re still in your home country and you have a lawyer already, contact them first to ask for their advice. However, keep in mind that if the incident happened out of state, you’ll need to seek legal help from an attorney in that state.

Never self-represent in a criminal case

You may have heard of people representing themselves in court and winning their case. This is the exception, not the rule. Chances are, you won’t be successful in defending yourself. Memorizing the law and knowing how to explain your innocence isn’t enough to win your case. This move is even riskier when you’re in another country.

Winning a criminal case requires a litany of tasks that take experience as a lawyer to get right. For instance, you’ll need to file motions correctly and on time. You’ll also need to know exactly how and when to present evidence, and it’s not as easy as it looks. For instance, you can’t present evidence you haven’t submitted to the other side first. Although the law allows for you to represent yourself, that doesn’t mean the court will be lenient with your mistakes. Judges hold pro se litigants to the same standards as attorneys.

Brush up on the law

Assuming you haven’t been put in jail, it’s important to research the law to find out what kind of law(s) you broke and what the possible consequences are. You might discover that you have more rights than you thought, and you may not have actually broken the law. Or, there could be a gray area with your circumstances.

It’s also not uncommon for people to be wrongfully arrested on fabricated charges or for “crimes” that aren’t actually crimes. This tends to happen more often in places that don’t have strong freedom of speech rights. Hopefully, this never happens to you, but if it does, be prepared to fight.

If you haven’t taken your trip yet, but you feel like you’re visiting a country where the laws are really strict, research ahead of time. Don’t take any risks visiting countries known to lay down serious punishments for what you might consider small offenses.

Be ready to fight your charges

Regardless of what charges you’re facing, if you’re facing those charges in unfamiliar territory, you may not realize the extent of the consequences. Be ready to fight your charges. Don’t just assume you’ll get a fine and get let off the hook.

Contact a local attorney as soon as possible and get ready to fight your charges. What looks like a small issue could end up having severe consequences.

Stay calm

It should go without saying, but stay calm no matter what. It’s normal to get frustrated and even angry, but stay outwardly calm when dealing with the local authorities and court system. Never show yourself as someone who is out of control or angry. It could really hurt your legal case if you don’t hold that back.

Be prepared to be banned from certain countries

The biggest downside of being convicted of a crime is being banned from entering certain countries. There are a handful of popular tourist destinations that don’t allow convicted felons to enter, including Australia, Canada, China, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

In most cases, you’ll be able to enter if you were accused, yet acquitted, but there are some countries that bar entry for merely being accused. The only exception is a true emergency, in which case, you can only enter the country once.

Be careful while traveling and call an attorney

Nobody expects to get into legal trouble while traveling, but it happens sometimes. Your best chance at making it through any legal ordeal is to contact an attorney and take their advice.

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How To Pack The Marie Kondo Way




Marie Kondo is all the rage these days thanks to her cute and inspiring hit Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. The show is all about decluttering your life. Getting rid of all that junk you’re holding on to that you definitely don’t need and only keeping things that “bring you joy”. There are plenty of awesome and effective tips in the show for how to make your home life more joyous, but there’s another way to implement the “KonMari Method” in your life: packing!

We all hate packing. It’s always so stressful to pick the few outfits you’re able to fit in your suitcase, and then even when we do decide, we usually just throw it in the suitcase with some shoddy folding and spend our vacation walking around in wrinkly clothing. But you don’t have to vacation like that ever again! Follow these simple tips from Marie and you may just start to enjoy packing…


So many of us grab either the cheapest suitcase we can find or the most durable one we can find. And they’re all so boring! Then we drag them around, get them all banged up and, frankly, show them no respect whatsoever! But there are a lot of suitcase options out there and you can actually find one you really like! So treat yourself and go out and grab one that’s a cool color or has some cool feature that most don’t.

It may seem silly, but actually liking your suitcase can make packing, and traveling, all that much more fun!


I think basically everyone folds their clothes the same way. We fold everything into little squares or rectangles and then stack it all on top of each other. But what happens then? The stuff at the bottom is carrying all the weight and gets extra wrinkled and you end up doing so much digging around to find the shirt you want to wear that the entire suitcase becomes an absolute mess. Well… stop it! Thanks to Marie Kondo, there’s a better way to fold your clothes.


In her method, you actually roll the clothes into an almost triangular shape and actually line them up in your suitcase standing up. You see how much nicer that is? You can actually see every single item and all you have to do is grab the one you want! It really makes all the difference in the world.


As I stated earlier, the KonMari Method is all about what sparks joy. And, be honest, do those three extra pairs of shoes and those scarves and hats and all those other accessories really spark joy? Do you really need all of them for this 4 day trip to Nashville? That’s what I thought. And when you stop bothering with all those extra non-essentials, you’ll have more room to fit in what you really need and do so comfortably.


OK… so you’ve packed the KonMari way and your suitcase has never looked more organized. Good for you! But just because you’re actually on your vacation now doesn’t mean you get to erase all that hard work and go right back to being a slob! You still need to keep things tidy while on the trip.

One easy way to do this is to fold your dirty clothes and keep them separated from your clean clothes. It will keep your stress levels as low as possible during your trip and it also makes unpacking easier than ever.

And that’s all there is to it folks! All this stuff may seem pretty simple or even obvious to some of you. But so, so many people don’t pack efficiently and it really can affect your day-to-day mood on a vacation. So if you’re like me and are a sloppy packer, start implementing these packing tips ASAP!

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Don’t Be A Baby When Traveling With Your Baby




Traveling is hard enough, but throw a baby into the mix and your stress increases 10 fold. You remembered diapers, but did you remember diaper cream? Sure you have socks, but did you remember tiny nail clippers? There is just so much to remember. Did you pick the right hotel room? How are you going to carry that car seat? When you sit down to try and plan how to travel with your brand new baby, you don’t do much planning, in fact, you just have a panic attack or six.

Well calm down and take a deep breath because we have an easy to follow guide to help you plan for traveling with a baby the right way.



Check your carry-on checklist

Your carry-on is no longer your carry-on, it’s your baby’s carry-on luggage. Sorry, but your baby needs supplies more than you need that romance novel, so fill your carry-on with all your baby supplies and if you’re not sure what those are, here is a good checklist that we use when we travel: diapers, wipes, tissues, disposable plastic bags (for dirty diapers), an umbrella, a sweater or jacket, first aid kit, drinks, snacks (non-perishable,) spoons, straws, books and toys.


Join a Facebook travel group

The easiest way to travel as a family is to learn from other families who have done it before you. If you don’t have any friends with kids in your personal life than Facebook is a great resource for you. Join a group focused on family travel for all the tips you need or for things you didn’t think of when it comes to your traveling tot.



Bring Ziploc bags and extra clothes. Trust us.

You never know what is going to happen on a plane, but you want to be prepared. It’s a good idea to always bring more fresh clothes and Ziploc bags than you think you’ll need. Your baby will constantly surprise you with how quickly they can ruin their own clothes and Ziploc bags are a great way to keep those stinky clothes out of sight and out of mind. Oh, and you might want to bring yourself a change of clothes too. Babies can make you a mess just as easily as they can make themselves a mess, so if you want to stay clean then you should probably bring something to change into.


Hit the dollar store

Buying a bunch of new things for your child is a great way to keep them distracted on a flight. If they haven’t played with anything before then the odds are they will love it. A toy car or toy wand or even a kitchen utensil will all do wonders for your sanity and their sanity as well.



Keep baby cool

Bring a small fan you can use to keep your baby cool. A lot of car seats just aren’t that breathable and babies can get too hot very easily. A hot baby is a miserable baby and a miserable baby is a miserable you. So if you want to enjoy your trip, then think about packing that fan.

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Vacation Destinations For Large Groups




Going on a trip with a bunch of friends and family always sounds like a great idea until it is time for you to plan the vacation. Do you really want to figure out travel, accommodations, and meals for a giant group? I don’t. I have enough trouble trying to figure out meals at home for myself, let alone an entire group out on vacation.

Some vacations are perfect for large groups, while others just prove to be a giant headache. Traveling with a bunch of people is always a great time though, and if it is your task to plan everything all that stress will truly pay off when you’re somewhere awesome with a bunch of your favorite people.
We’ve decided to make your life easier by taking the stress out of planning the large travel by giving you our favorite destinations we always choose when traveling with a large group.



Maine Windjammer Cruises
Take up to 40 people on a giant sailing ship and you will be sure to give everyone a trip to remember. The Maine Windjammer Cruises offer three-to-six day sailing cruises depending on the weather which is great for groups. On board everyone gets to enjoy delectable fresh baked goods and, of course, it wouldn’t be a Maine company if they didn’t offer their passengers a lobster bake. When you’re done cramming your gullet full of lobster and snacks then you can enjoy your time swimming off the ship or learning how to sail one of these massive ships. Or if you’re feeling lazy, just enjoy the beautiful water and the wildlife that accompanies the unreal scenery.



Busch Gardens
Riding roller coasters is something everyone can get behind and there’s no better place to do that than in the entertainment-filled Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens is great because it isn’t jam-packed like other parks and they offer fantastic group rates. YOu can either ride coasters all day, hit the water park, or if your group is full of energy try to hit both. You can please anyone at Busch Gardens from grandpas to babies with their awesome rides and great shows it is sure to be a hit with everyone in your large group.



Mackinac Island, Michigan
Ditch the cars and head to Mackinac Island in Michigan for a lot of old-school fun that has to be seen to be believed. You and your group will arrive by ferry and can get around the car-free island by carriages or bikes. On this island, you can see beautiful shops and galleries and eat some of the most delicious fudge you’ve ever tasted. Trust us, it’s amazing. Even if someone in your group hates islands, once they taste the fudge they’ll be feeling a-ok. The cute boutiques and shops are guaranteed to keep any group large or small busy for hours and the charm this island holds is absolutely undeniable. Traveling in a large group can sound like a bad idea but if you pick the right destination it will be a trip of majestic wonder.

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