Before we get started, let me just say that this is not condoning illegal activities or for the most part, condoning activities that can get you seriously injured or thrown in jail. But, let’s be real–when traveling, why stick to the same old same old when you can live life on the wild side…to an extent, of course. Here are 6 illegal activities you can get away with outside the U.S.
Get Weird with Absinthe
It used to be banned in the good ol’ US of A, but over the years, it has slowly become more available, but not without the FDA keeping a close eye on thujone- a derivative of the wormwood plant used in Absinthe that can make things feel a little trippy. Absinthe sold in America cannot contain more than 10 milligrams of thujone, but in countries like the Czech Republic and Prague, you can find the strong stuff with up to 100 milligrams per liter.
Munch on a Poisonous Puffer
You won’t find European or U.S. restaurants serving up a scrumptiousplate of fugu–a Japanese delicacy consisting of the highly toxic puffer fish. It takes some intense preparation and trust, but one wrong bite can be lethal or cause paralysis, as the organs and skin contain tetrodotoxin. Still, daring foodies can find the real deal in Tokyo. Some brave souls have said that ingesting the flesh numbs the mouth like novocain.
Get Totally Psychedelic
We all know playing around with mind altering substances in the U.S. is illegal, but travel deep into the tropical regions of South America where Amazonian shamans have been using the properties of ayahuasca for centuries–a beverage concocted from the bark of a jungle vine. Travelers flock from all over the world to take the plunge and chug it down. Ayahuasca is said to have many healing properties, aside from the intense hallucinations, which some seek out for an enlightening spiritual experience.
Drive a Crazy Fast Car
Travel to England, where you can rent a beautiful and insanely fast TVR Sagaris at the London luxury car rental house Bespokes and the road is all yours. TVR is well known for their speedy cars and even though the company went out of business, the quality of these roadsters have not been forgotten. Unfortunately, they lack airbags and ABS, which is against National Highway Traffic Safety Administration guidelines in the U.S, but in England you can put the pedal to the metal and flirt with danger.
Ditch the stress of taxes and jet set to Vanuatu–a blissful tropical island located in the South Pacific. Here, inheritance taxes are not regarded and the government takes privacy very seriously when it comes to finances. Just sit back and relax under a palm tree with fruity cocktail in hand.
For the younger ones out there, it’s a pretty well known fact that you if you are 18 years old you can order drinks in many countries, but in the U.S. you must be the ripe old age of 21. We’ve all done the classic Bahamas or Europe trip, bubbling with excitement to legally sip some bubbly, just remember to keep it responsible.
Courtney is a full-time writer covering soccer, travel and the outdoors. You can find her scouting out hole in the wall joints for the perfect carnitas taco, jumping in the ocean under the light of a full moon or exploring the beautiful Florida wilderness and documenting her adventures in her blog, www.localtravelgal.wordpress.com.