Need an escape from the election?

Here are three non-U.S. getaways to consider right now


Got the election blues? Feel like you could use a quick escape? Now’s a great time to book a trip overseas and forget about your worries for a week or two. Here are three non-U.S. destinations to consider.

RIVIERA MAYA

There’s not much the crystal-clear waves and sugar-cookie-colored sand along the shores of Mexico’s Riviera Maya can’t cure. That plus the dozens of attractions packed inside the state of Quintana Roo make this idyllic tourist hot spot a wonderful place to forget about your troubles. Spend your days exploring the Coba ruins, frolicking with new friends at Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras or snorkeling through a 130-yard-long cenote at Indiana Joe’s, then retire to the all-inclusive Azul Fives Hotel in Playa del Carmen for rest and relaxation. Election blues? What election blues?

LONDON

Ever since British Airways introduced nonstop service to Heathrow airport in March 2014, London has been a hot destination for Austinites. And why not? It’s filled with loads of diversions for electioned-out travelers. Can’t you just picture yourself sipping tea and admiring the emerald-green bushes manicured in the shape of giant lightbulbs inside Kensington Gardens? Or taking a spin around the Coca-Cola London Eye, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world? Or maybe you’d rather make a day trip to “The Making of Harry Potter” Warner Bros. Studio Tour, located about an hour outside of the city? Whatever you decide to do, you can bet it’ll get your mind off of the outcome of the Nov. 8 vote.

VANCOUVER

Keep saying you’re going to move to Canada if you don’t like the results of the election? Maybe you should visit first. And no place will give you a better taste of what our neighbor to the north has to offer than Vancouver. Rediscover your Zen among the orange and green lily pads that decorate the glasslike surface of the wide koi pond at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park. Work out your stress in the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, making sure to keep an eye out for “Girl in a Wetsuit,” an Elek Imredy sculpture said to have been inspired by Copenhagen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Or find community among the many foodies at Granville Island Public Market, where you’ll find everything from pâté to pierogies to oven-fresh pastries.


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