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.
Take a puma for a walk.
Jaunts with wild beasts are typically frowned upon in the United States. In Alabama, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the Carolinas, potential big cat owners have to go through a complicated licensing process. Outside of those states, it is quite simply illegal to own bears, lions, and cougars, which means you'll have to go to work for the zoo if you want to play with a big cat. Not so in Bolivia: Head to Comunidad Inti Wara, an animal refuge on the outskirts on the Amazon Basin and take your pick. Volunteers at this animal rehabilitation center, located outside Cochabamba, are encouraged to take one of the center's 40 big cats – jaguars, pumas, and ocelots – out for a stroll. The strenuous jungle walks keep the 70-pound animals healthy and mentally stimulated. In other words, walk at your own risk and pat yourself on the back in the process.
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