The Taiwan elections last weekend drew a huge turnout – but it was not just islanders flocking to the polls. A large number of “election tourists” from Hong Kong flew over to take in some democracy in action. Until we’re “mature” enough to be able to host our own elections, it looks like election travel won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Fortunately, this is a good year for the election tourist. Look for these to be the hottest destinations of 2008... Pennsylvania, USA Some say parts of Pennsylvania are stuck in the past. But this year, they’re not just talking about the Amish country. Hit up any random suburban Pittsburgh diner for some good, old-fashioned Clintonian politics straight out of 1992. Talk about a blast from the past! And if you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of the ancient fossil known locally as “John McCain”. For those in search of something new, keep your eyes peeled for that fitful new herd of voters known as the “Obamaniacs”. Russia Or, if you’re looking for something safe and predictable, visit historic Moscow. Take in the shining beacon of democracy, the Kremlin, and then swing by Lenin’s tomb to pay respects to people power. Afterwards, kick back and enjoy the fruits of an election that was just as predetermined as ours will be in 2017, if that were to happen. If you can’t quite get into it, the cheap vodka helps. Bhutan Take in the majestic panoramas of the secluded mountain nation of Bhutan, where the way of life is much simpler: most people are subsistence farmers and roads and electricity were introduced only in the 60s. Despite that, they too have managed to beat us to democracy. Bhutan’s very first election earlier this week was a win-win situation as the competing parties openly pledged themselves to the same cause: happiness. Visitors to the world’s newest democracy should hope that Hong Kong legislators will commit themselves to the same goal. Of course, in our case, China would reserve the final right to interpret “happiness”. Kenya And for any Hong Konger who just wants to make themselves feel better about our current lack of representation, check out what horrors elections could lead to. Allegations of electoral fraud in Kenya’s presidential contest last December sparked violent rampages across the country. Be thankful that our streets will never see such pandemonium. Except, of course, when it’s 7s weekend.