Last week a Brit was jailed forposing naked on a sacred mountain in Malaysia. It wasn't that long ago that a couple kissing publicly in Dubai faced a similar fate.
Indeed if you even swear on Whats-App while in the Emirates you could be fined £45,000. And if you are contemplating debauched drunken behaviour in Magaluf this summer you may end up forking out €3,000 for the privilege.
As a child I was dragged year after year on a two-week summer holiday to Ireland where it rained often. I bemoaned my parents for choosing our "cheap and boring holiday" while classmates jetted off to sunny climes.
Last month Vienna hosted the Life Ball, an Aids benefit and Europe's biggest charity event. The streets around City Hall were rammed with revellers, dressed as fantasy creatures, angels and fairies daubed in gold (this year's theme) like Klimt paintings. The festivities, crazy music and transgender catwalk shows went on beyond the early hours.
Forget cocktails in a hammock, instead go for a lofty lunch in the Treehouse of the Viceroy Maldives. As well as a view overlooking the Indian Ocean, you can enjoy a meze or simply sip your favourite tipple as the sun sets. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Had Archduke Franz Ferdinand kept his date with the Chief Rabbi of Sarajevo, the First World War might never have been. Such is the city's legacy, given its position at the crossroads of Europe, with tensions that have brought this east-meets-west metropolis much more than its fair share of suffering.
Some visitors go to St Helena for the hiking, some for the fishing, the diving, the wildlife or the connections with Napoleon. And some go simply because this is one of the most isolated places on earth.
In most cities of the world, you need to do some research to find the places of Jewish interest. Not so in Prague, where among the most popular tourist attractions are also Jewish sites: Josefov, Prague's Jewish Quarter, and anything connected to the writer Franz Kafka.
New York City has more Jewish inhabitants than anywhere in the world except Israel - almost 1.2 million. With so many kosher mouths to feed it's not surprising that several kosher restaurants have appeared on the gourmet landscape and its not just about delis, bagels and falafel. Here are four good kosher steakhouses to blow your tastebuds away.