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If the US travel ban has you stymied,

Claire Mal­colm has come up with some amaz­ing global al­ter­na­tives

With 50 states, the US of­fers an in­fi­nite va­ri­ety of unique travel ex­pe­ri­ences from out­door ad­ven­tures in the Grand Canyon and Yosemite Na­tional Park to ur­ban ex­plo­ration in the Big Ap­ple and Dis­ney­land es­capism for theme park fans of all ages. So it’s no sur­prise that Amer­ica ranked as the world’s sec­ond most vis­ited coun­try in 2015 ac­cord­ing to UN World Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion fig­ures.

This sum­mer, how­ever, it’s shap­ing up to be a dif­fer­ent story fol­low­ing the chaos sur­round­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s (tem­po­rar­ily) stymied travel ban on na­tion­als from six coun­tries, the more re­cent air­line lap­top ban, and gen­eral un­cer­tainty about how things will play out in the months to come.

As many of us start to plan our sea­sonal trav­els, per­haps it’s time to look to new hori­zons and seek out al­ter­na­tive ex­pe­ri­ences – on a par with the best of the best state­side des­ti­na­tions.

Spin the globe via a Google search and pre­pare your­self to be over­whelmed by page af­ter page of op­tions to ex­plore new coun­tries and cities with a dif­fer­ent take on the Las Ve­gas, Pa­cific Coast High­way or New Or­leans ex­pe­ri­ence.

We’ve nar­rowed down the choices for you with our al­ter­na­tive US guide to some of the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar, ex­cit­ing, un­ex­pected and in­spir­ing des­ti­na­tions.

Break out the pass­ports, book the tick­ets, pack the travel guide and go dis­cover some­where new.


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