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Don't stop for pedestrians in Beijing: It's illegal for cars to stop for pedestrians in Beijing, China. If you do, you'll risk a fine. This law is something pedestrians should be aware of as well, especially if they're thinking about jaywalking.

Feeding the pigeons in Venice: No feeding the birds! It's illegal to feed pigeons in St. Mark's Square in Venice. Tourists will be fined if caught.

No spitting in Vancouver: It's illegal to spit on the streets in Vancouver. Persons caught doing so will be fined between $100 and $2,000.

Chewing gum in Singapore: Chewing gum has long been banned in Singapore, as the country fights to keep its streets clean. The penalty for being caught chewing gum is a fine.

No kissing in Dubai: It's illegal to kiss, hold hands or hug in public in Dubai. Guests caught canoodling will be arrested and can be sentenced to jail time. In Dubai, it is also illegal to drink outside your hotel, to take photographs of the locals without asking permission and to share a hotel room with someone of the opposite sex to whom you're not married.

Eating on the steps of an Italian church: The steps of a church in Florence may not be the best place to enjoy lunch. It's illegal to sit on church steps in Florence and is also illegal to eat in the vicinity of a church or government building.

No sinus inhalers in Japan: Sinus and allergy inhalers containing pseudoephedrine are illegal in Japan, which has strict anti-drug laws. Travellers risk being detained at the airport and being fined.

No female drivers in Saudi Arabia: In Saudi Arabia, it's illegal for women to get behind the wheel and drive. Women who do risk being arrested.

No swearing in Australia: In 2011, the Australian states of Victoria and Queensland outlawed swearing in public. If you're caught using profanities, you risk a fine of several hundred dollars.

No heels allowed at Grecian monuments: To protect their ancient monuments from damage, officials in Greece have declared high heels illegal to wear during tours.


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Travel is one of the few things that you can spend money on that makes you richer.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” - Terry Pratchett

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” - G.K. Chesterton

“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport.” - DouglasAdams

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert

“To travel is to live.” - Hans Christian Andersen

“But that's the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don't want to know what people are talking about. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” - Bill Bryson

“Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.” - Joe Abercrombie

“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria's mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.” - Anthony Bourdain

“It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.” - Gustave Flaubert

“See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” - Ray Bradbury

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” - Jawaharial Nehru