World's Most Controversial Vacations

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From boycotts to embargoes, these destinations promise more than just rest and relaxation.

Libya

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Just six years ago, a vacation in Libya wasn’t just controversial—it was impossible. Only in 2004 did the U.S. government lift its travel restrictions, and more Americans have vacationed in the land of Muammar al-Qaddafi. Though for many the name “Qaddafi” is synonymous with terrorism, the Libyan government is aggressively courting American travelers—most recently, with its Sands of Time campaign highlighting the country’s ancient archaeological sites. Libya may be tomorrow’s vacation hot spot, but it’s still a destination fraught with controversy.

World's Most Controversial Vacations

Libya

Just six years ago, a vacation in Libya wasn’t just controversial—it was impossible. Only in 2004 did the U.S. government lift its travel restrictions, and more Americans have vacationed in the land of Muammar al-Qaddafi. Though for many the name “Qaddafi” is synonymous with terrorism, the Libyan government is aggressively courting American travelers—most recently, with its Sands of Time campaign highlighting the country’s ancient archaeological sites. Libya may be tomorrow’s vacation hot spot, but it’s still a destination fraught with controversy.

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