Travel is about more than escaping idle water cooler chitchat and seeing new horizons. Setting forth offers adventurers an opportunity to either write new rules or ignore the rules they've always had to follow. There may be fewer frontiers today than there once were and fewer places to escape the constraints of international law (there's always Somalia, although we don't recommend it), but there are plenty of ways to slip the bonds of the American justice system and legally engage in behavior that would land you in the clink stateside. What happens in Vegas may well stay there, but Nevada's laws – with that one notable exception – aren't too different from the laws in New York or Wisconsin. To get weird, you've got to get away.
Whether it's taking psychotropic drugs found deep in the Amazonian rain forest or driving fast cars with questionable safety features in England, breaking American rules is a great way to have a wonderful time and remember why we came up with those rules in the first place. With this in mind, we've collected a few prime opportunities to throw off the shackles of puritanical regulation and embrace other nations' more extreme freedoms.
Eat deadly fish.
Long restricted in the U.S. and Europe, the wrong bite of a puffer fish can kill. The fish's skin and organs contain tetrodotoxin, a poison that, if ingested, can cause paralysis and death in humans. But, despite this danger, the Japanese delicacy fugu continues to be one of the world's most sought-after plates. While new strains of safe blowfish have become available in recent years, gourmands looking for the real thing – and that side order of danger – head to Mukoujima Hashimoto in the Sumida section of Tokyo between October and February. Some consumers of the dangerous fish swear that its flesh numbs their mouth like novocaine, a singular dining experience.
Thanks to the intense preparation training that fugu chefs undergo, deaths are rare. But there is still a major difference between "rare" and "unheard of," which is probably why this meal isn't about to be legalized stateside.
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