Yesterday’s tip was about how you’ll get fined for running out of gas on the Autobahn, a tip drawn from an insightful Afar post called 7 Surprisingly Illegal Things to Avoid in Europe. Another interesting tidbit from that post: “In European countries such as Germany, Hungary, Russia, Cyprus, Ukraine, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, you are required by law to carry official identification on your person at all times. If you’re a non-European resident, that means your original passport, not a photocopy. This is especially important in places where you’re obviously a tourist, either because of the language you’re speaking or your appearance—you don’t want police doing random checks to have an excuse to fine you or come with you to your accommodations to verify your identity.”
I found this surprising because I’ve been to Europe dozens of times and I’ve rarely had my passport on me. However, I always carry my driver’s license and though I’ve never had any trouble, I’ve also never been asked for my ID by police. You can read the full post here.
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