7. You Experience a Real Midnight Express
Here’s an important travel lesson: don’t make misguided (and illegal) decisions when visiting foreign lands. For American student Billy Hayes, his 1970 attempt at smuggling drugs out of Turkey earned him a chilling souvenir—a traumatic stint in prison. Originally sentenced to four years and two months, Hayes’ penalty was increased to 30 years. After several years locked up in various Turkish jails and an insane asylum, he successfully escaped in 1975. Hayes’ biography Midnight Express detailing his harrowing time behind bars was made into a 1978 film written by Oliver Stone and directed by Alan Parker.