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.
For centuries, Amazonian shamans have been touting the properties of ayahuasca, a beverage made from the bark of a medicinal vine found in tropical regions of South America. Every year, legions of travelers journey to Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador, where they can legally take this jungle potion, said to cure any illness, and enjoy some spiritual revelations. Although opportunities to consume watered-down versions of the drug, typically prepared as a tea, have sprung up domestically, travelers who want the real experience – with not only highly powerful hallucinogens, but also a fair amount of public indecency – head to shamanic retreats like Blue Morpho in the Peruvian jungle for workshops in accessing the spirit world. Howard Stern's sidekick, Robin Quivers, has talked publicly about how her ayahuasca experience changed her life. She seems enlightened.
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