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Got Election Fatigue? Five Countries for Escaping Political Ads

November 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM | by | ()

Today's the day. Election Day. By tonight, the United States will (hopefully) have a decision on who will become the next President of the United States and the mud-slinging political commercials and phone calls and junk mail will come to an end...until the next election. Still, we cannot wait for the campaigns to shut up.

If you're living in a battleground state like Ohio or Florida, then you need a vacation from the rhetoric—a real vacation. Maybe head to one of these countries that do not hold elections for their top spot:

· Liechtenstein
Snuggled between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein enjoys its life of stamping tourist passport pages and selling stamps, their chief export. Still, it's gotta be ruled by someone and that someone is Prince Hans-Adam II, though his son, Prince Alois, has been making the governmental decisions since 2004. Regardless, there's still a tiny 25-member parliament called the Landtag which must be elected every four years. They don't have a private helipad and a name to compete with Hans-Adam II's, however (his full name is Johannes Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko d'Aviano Pius von und zu Liechtenstein). SWEET.

· Morocco
Mmm Casablanca. Marrakech, Essaouira, Fez...those all sound nice for a getaway. Morocco's been independent from France since 1956 and is currently ruled by King Mohammed VI. There's still a parliament and prime minister to be elected and they have quite a bit of power, so elections in Morocco aren't undertaken lightly. Still, the last major election happened recently at the end of 2011, so you've got some time to enjoy relative quiet before the next.

· The Holy See
AKA Vatican City, you won't exactly be able to completely escape within this "country" unless you're Catholic clergy or a Swiss Guard or something. Still, a daylong visit to the Vatican can include hours within the Vatican Museums, a tour around the Vatican Gardens and some time posting a letter from the Holy See post office, all blessedly free from political rhetoric (though you'll be trading political for religious!).

· Qatar
In 2022 when a hoard of soccer fans descend on Qatar for the FIFA World Cup, they'll be entering a country ruled by an Emir. The same goes for any travelers flying to Doha. There are other elections in Qatar, though not for people who make the big decisions.

· Thailand
All throughout this stunning country you'll spot banners and sashes of yellow or blue. These are the colors attributed to the monarchy, as Thailand absolutely has a ruling royal family. The head, King Rama IX, comes with an impressive title: Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, the Upholder of the Buddhist religion and the Defender of all Faiths. Thailand still elects a prime minister and other offices, but the King is a constant and for any election posters you see, there are 100 photos of the royal family to cancel it out.

[Image: JetBlue's Election Protection campaign]

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