How NOT to Get “Locked Up Abroad” this Summer

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, we’ve got summer vacations and travel on the brain.  On that note, we thought we’d poll a few of the travel blogs we’ve been reading lately to get their tips on staying out of trouble while traveling out of the country – you wouldn’t want to spend your summer Locked Up Abroad, would you?

First off – Michael Hodson of Go, See, Write shares two very important tips:

  1. Don’t smuggle drugs across borders
  2. When in doubt, refer to rule #1.

I know what you’re thinking – sounds simple, right?  But hey, let’s face it – if you’ve seen the show lately, you know more than a few folks break this cardinal rule – so it bears repeating.

Raymond, from Man On The Lam hasn’t spent any time in the clinker himself – unless that is, you count his time spent in an office cubicle.  On that note, he suggests,

“Know what you’re ordering, transporting, or (God forbid) snorting.”

And in case you’re unclear, he even adds a Drug Slang Translator. But when all else fails, his number one rule: 

“Bribe like your life depended upon it. Because honestly, it probably does.

Diana from D Travels Round confesses, “I’m not going to lie. I have done some seriously stupid stuff while traveling in the past.When I was in my early 20s and thought I was invincible (or just didn’t think). Looking back … man, I was an absolute idiot.”  We’ve all been there – right?  One of her tips:

“Keep calm. Drunken nights in bars can sometimes lead to aggression. Breathe deep. Walk away. Don’t fight.”

Solid advice whether abroad or on your home turf.

Over on Canada’s Adventure Couple, Dave and Deb share some laws you probably didn’t even know existed – wouldn’t want to get locked up for killing Sasquatch in British Columbia, or for peeing in the ocean in Portugal, would you?  Their advice:

“Do your research before you travel, know the laws of the country you visit and if you think that you may be doing something against the law, chances are you are probably right.”

Finally, Nomadic Samuel shares a story about a fellow traveler’s foray into the drug smuggling business.  Sounds like this guy could have benefited from the advice above – namely Michael’s words of wisdom.  We wouldn’t be surprised if he turns up on a future episode of Locked Up Abroad

On tonight’s episode, Black Palace of Horrors, Dwight Worker, an American smuggling cocaine, is busted in Mexico City and sent to the notorious ‘Black Palace’ prison, where his life becomes a living hell.  While in prison, he falls in love with a visitor, gets married, and then attempts to execute a daring escape while dressed and made up as a woman.

Will he make it out?  Tune in to find out at 10P et/pt – and to avoid a similar fate be sure to click over to each of the travel blogs above for more advice and anecdotes.


  1. Adam
    May 23, 2012, 3:23 pm

    That Drug Slang Translator is hilarious!

  2. Raymond @ Man On The Lam
    May 23, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Thanks for including my post here Kristin — much appreciated!

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