If you’re going to take advantage of the multitudes of deals going on to get the hell out of dodge, you might want to take a look at some of the more bizarre laws that are in effect (or at least on the books) in foreign countries. Take note, or you might have to pay up.
Venice: It used to be that the pigeons were the main attraction in St. Marks. You could buy a bag of pigeon feed and watch the birds flock and swarm people with the food. Now, in an attempt to keep the square clean and safe, it is illegal to feed the birds. All of the pigeon feed vendors were shut down and fines are now handed out to anyone violating the no feed rule. Don’t try it, it’ll cost you upwards of $600.
Germany: It is illegal to run out of gas on the Autobahn. So don’t do it. You’ll get dinged once for running out of gas, once for stopping on the Autobahn, and once for walking on the Autobahn, all at $100 a pop.
United Arab Emirates: You cannot eat in public during the holy month of Ramadan. Also, PDA is illegal as well, you can even get busted for being a car with tinted windows with a member of the opposite gender. Fines run about $275 for the eating in public, and several months jail time for PDA.
Thailand: Keep your shirt on. No driving without a shirt or else they’ll fine you about $10.
Canada: Paying for something over $10 in coins is grounds for the shopkeeper to not sell the item to you, so keep the metal to a minimum and pay with paper (or plastic) instead.
England: No long goodbyes outside the trains in Warrington Bank Quay. They’ve posted “No Kissing” signs in the train station, and will direct you to the “kissing zone” located in the parking lot if you start to make out in the wrong place.
Moscow: It is illegal to have a dirty car, which is open to interpretation from the ticket-giver, so if you get pulled over for this offense, it’s best to offer up some cash in the $100 range and you’ll be on your way (to the car wash).
Grenada: In an attempt to teach visiting cruise guests some manners, the city is making it illegal to stroll around in your bathing suit while in town. It’ll cost you $270 per offense, but the tourism board reports that this is one of those laws that doesn’t get much play.
Denmark: Turn your car lights on. It’s illegal to drive without them on, even during the daylight hours. This law might get adopted by the rest of the EU, so get used to it, or pay $100 per offense.
Singapore: Pretty much, don’t do anything gross. Don’t feed birds. Don’t spit. Don’t chew gum. Or sell gum. Or leave a toilet unflushed. Fines are $100 each.