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How, and why, Americans go on vacation.

Apr 1, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 28 • By THOMAS SWICK
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So instead of traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, go to Las Vegas, New Mexico—and stay at the historic Plaza Hotel. On your Florida vacation, replace Orlando with Apalachicola. Heading to Europe? Bypass Spain and visit Portugal; after a few days in Lisbon, take the train to Porto. And if you must see Spain, drop by the offices of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Thomas Swick, travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel during 1989-2008, is the author of Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland and A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with
a Maverick Traveler.