10 Travel Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Life

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From contracting parasites and bedbugs to illegally crossing a border or racking up exorbitant cellular fees, these 10 travel errors could have serious health or financial consequences that will haunt you long after your vacation is over.


Crossing the Wrong Border

In some places, it's easy to wander over an unmarked and unguarded border from one nation to another. While this might not be such a big deal if you're in, say, the European Union, it can mean big trouble in other parts of the world. Take the case of three Americans who were imprisoned from 2009 to 2011 for allegedly crossing into Iran while hiking near the border in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Iranian government accused the hikers of being spies and sentenced them to eight years in prison. (One of the hikers was released after 14 months, and the remaining two were let go after serving about two years and paying more than $465,000 each in bail money.)

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