Dubai has laws that catch foreigners by surprise. Photo by Joi Ito.

Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net:

1. Did you know that in some countries you can be arrested for writing a cheque that bounces, or possessing painkillers (including simple over the counter medicines)? The rules on what’s legal and what’s not aren’t the same around the globe, so if you’re planning to travel to the United Arab Emirates, be sure to read this article about how to avoid arrest in Dubai.

2. If you’re driving interstate to visit family over the holiday season, you might want to break up the trip with a few interesting rest stops, like say, a visit to the world’s largest catsup bottle, or a giant chest of drawers. Check out this list of the 15 weirdest roadside attractions in America to see if any of them are along your planned route, and see my prior post on roadside attractions for a couple more ideas.

3. If travel is something you’ve always dreamed of doing but you’ve held back from making it a reality because of your parents’ objections or your friends’ and colleagues’ concerns, then this is the article for you. When trusting authority almost killed me is an interesting look at how people make and judge choices based on their existing frameworks – and why you should ignore them and listen to your gut instead.