Arroz con Pollo wrote:
Meanwhile, don't watch any episodes of Locked up Abroad before your next trip.
I agree and disagree. Watching that show could increase the nervousness factor while also putting any silly ideas out of ones head. Years and years ago, when I first started traveling internationally, I used to watch the film 'Midnight Express' before leaving the states. On one trip to Mexico, my blonde haired Aussie traveling companion and I were offered a significant sum of money to take a boat ride across the Sea of Cortez on a cigarette boat loaded with Pepsi, as the traffickers figured having a well dressed gringo couple on board would deter any interest from the Navy. Did I mention it was a significant sum? Seemed easy enough, couple hours on a boat ride, and would have funded our travel for at least a few years. But I thought back to 'Midnight Express' and realized that no matter how easy or tantalizing the offer sounded - it was best to say thanks for the offer, but no thanks.
I think they should rename 'Locked up Abroad' ' People Making One Bad Decision After Another'. There are some gems in that series. There was a thread here about a Brit who got caught up in someone else's bad decision and wound up having a terrible time with the Peruvian legal system.