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What to Do When You Experience Legal Trouble While Traveling

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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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Things You Should Never Say To A Flight Attendant

Traveling can be a troublesome experience so we need to do everything we can to help make the trip more pleasant and comfortable for ourselves. On a long plane trip the Flight Attendant can be your ally in this endeavor. Flight Attendants are generally helpful and pleasant but if treated with disrespect may be disinclined to […]

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Traveling can be a troublesome experience so we need to do everything we can to help make the trip more pleasant and comfortable for ourselves. On a long plane trip the Flight Attendant can be your ally in this endeavor. Flight Attendants are generally helpful and pleasant but if treated with disrespect may be disinclined to help. 

The job of a Flight Attendant is to keep you safe and comfortable and can be stressful on the best of days, but unruly and rude passengers just make the job so much harder.  From rude statements to questions that they have no way of knowing the answer to, here are some things that you never want to say to a Flight Attendant.

“I need to use the toilet before we take off.” This is against regulations, once the seatbelt light is on you must stay put. 

“Can you lift my bag for me?” This is not the Flight Attendant’s job, when packing you should make sure your bag is not too heavy for you to lift. 

“I’ll put my phone on airplane mode in a minute.” This is a requirement and Flight Attendants must ask you to do this. Be nice and comply

“They let me the last time I flew.” Whether or not this is true your Flight Attendant won’t appreciate this ploy. Their job is to enforce the rules, and most do.

“Can you watch my kids for me?” Flight Attendants are not babysitters and you shouldn’t expect them to be. 

“Why are we delayed?” “Will I make my connection?” These are the types of questions that the Flight Attendant has no way of having the answer to. If you have a cell phone you can find those answers yourself with a handy app.

A few more handy tips on the proper treatment of your Flight Attendant. Don’t treat her like a waitress because she isn’t. Her job is to keep you safe, not to cater to your needs. And don’t call your Flight Attendant a “Stewardess”, this term is outdated and sexist. And don’t hit on her, you aren’t in a bar.

 

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Ecotourism is NOT Environmentally Friendly

There is a trend in travel that has picked up a lot of steam over the last few years. That trend is called Eco-Tourism. As the environment has become more important to people over the last decade – and especially so in the last couple…

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Ecotourism is a new term; something created in the last 10 years, so what does it really mean? Eco-tourism is basically capitalism’s answer to the environment and people’s growing concerns. Companies are cashing in and its becoming big business. Although the initial intent was probably good-natured, the results are usually less than favorable. The costs don’t always outweigh the means, so is ecotourism actually a good thing? Let’s find out.

Time to investigate what companies are actually trying to accomplish with their eco-tourism. The term greenwashing keeps coming up in my research and it’s a pretty interesting phenomenon. Apparently, greenwashing is an attempt to appear as being eco friendly. Seems like a pretty lame thing to be involved with, but you’d be surprised at how many large corporations actually are involved in greenwashing.

Many if not all of the major hotel chains are now putting placards in their rooms that inform guests that they respect mother nature and because of this they don’t wash the linens every night. This comes off as a great thing that a large corporation is doing. But in reality they are greenwashing us all by using the environment to service their own needs. It’s obvious to me that these companies are only doing this because it saves them an enormous amount of money and they look good in the process.

Cultures are destroyed by tourism and they can’t even profit because the major corporations suck all the money from them. Tourism only feeds off the stereotypes of a culture and the actual culture suffers and often slowly disappears. What’s left is a washed out shell of the culture and the true spirit is lost forever.  

Eco-tours are usually an environmental nightmare, by bringing in people by the busload or boatload; these eco-tours are actually harming the local surroundings.   These tourists don’t come alone, they eat, drink and consume anything in their way and what’s left is the garbage and used up Mother Nature.

Eco-tours profit from large disasters, allowing the general public to feel like they helped, when in reality all they do is scratch the surface. The tourists come to a disaster for a few days, pick up some garbage, help with some injured and then go home feeling like they made a difference. The problem is that if they really wanted to help, they would’ve just sent aid in the form of money, food or medicine,

If a company truly wanted to be involved in eco tourism responsibly, they would do these things.

Only using local products would actually benefit the environment and would help the community profit.   If ecotourism companies cared, they would limit the number of visitors to limit the impact on the environment. Educating tourists on their impact on the environment would help the cause. Allowing the local culture to be in charge and to protect their interests is the best way to help the environment.

 

Hopefully by educating people about ecotourism eventually leads to more conscious travelers and compassionate people in general.

 

Enjoy the full article at NomadicMatt

Photos courtesy of HoiAnEcoTour and GetYourGuide

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Best Travel Laptops

How to Choose a Travel Laptop When traveling with technology, my rule of thumb is simple: pack light. I understand that you want the best functionality with your travel laptop but sometimes it pays to go with the minimal option. I always look at multiple choices when I’m contemplating buying technology and laptops are no […]

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How to Choose a Travel Laptop

When traveling with technology, my rule of thumb is simple: pack light. I understand that you want the best functionality with your travel laptop but sometimes it pays to go with the minimal option. I always look at multiple choices when I’m contemplating buying technology and laptops are no different.   I look at cost, battery life, storage, functionality and portability.

 

It’s smart to weigh your options and figure out what exactly you plan on using the laptop.

Do you want to watch movies?

Are you trying to surf the web?

What programs will you need to run?

Will you need internet accessibility?

How much are you trying to spend?

Just how portable do you need your travel laptop to be?

 

These questions and many more may arise in your decision process and I’m here to help.

There are 3 main types of lightweight travel laptops: 2-n-1s, ultra books and Chromebooks.

 

2-n-1s

These are versatile laptops and tablets in one, hence the catchy and practical name. These are very functional and convenient for travel since they have multi-functionality. They convert from a laptop to tablet easily and extremely portable. Sometimes you just want to watch a movie and other times you need the capability to access Microsoft office, so a 2-n-1 may be for you.

Microsoft really owns this market with their functional Surface Pro 2-n-1. The highlight is obviously their transformative properties and touch screen capabilities.

You will enjoy how easily they change from full laptop to e-reader or tablet.

The Surface Pro starts at around $800 USD and can be upgraded easily. The baseline model weighs less than 2 pounds and the battery lasts on average for 9 hours. That’s plenty of time for a long flight and layover.

Surfaces can be used with or without a keyboard, which adds to its portability.

 

Chromebooks

Chromebooks are your budget friendly option but are cheap for a reason. These computers don’t run a full operating system like Apple OX or Windows; instead they run off a basic OS that uses the Chrome browser. Now that the name makes sense, lets discuss these laptops.

Chromebooks are hampered by their weak operating system, which doesn’t allow Adobe products or Microsoft. Their simple functionality allows users to browse the internet, watch movies or back up files like your travel photos. If all you need are these basic functions, then a Chromebook may be for you. Without internet connection however, you may not be able to perform basic word processing.

Check out the Acer Chromebook for only $225 USD, which is really cheap for all that it does. With an 11-inch screen and extreme portability these guys are great picks.

 

Ultra books

These bad boys are your traditional laptops but made smaller and lighter for your travel needs. They blend high performance speed and functional portability to create the high-end travel technology you may need. These are best for people who actually have to get work done while traveling. They can do all the normal functions of a laptop but with less weight and bulk. 

The Apple Macbook Air is my clear pick; especially since I’m an Apple man myself. These slick powerhouses pack all the frill with half the weight. They start at around $850 USD and pack the same processor as their bigger brothers the Macbook.

Do your own research and figure out what your digital needs may be, and purchase your travel laptop.

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