Just Pack Your Bag, But. . .

"Now you can fly to Paradise!" So Pan American World Airways burbled last week in ecstatic travel ads. Paradise, which Pan Am seemed to have confused with Hawaii, was still not a regularly scheduled stop on any airline. But by plane or boat, every country on earth was once more open to U.S. travelers, packing their bags for the biggest travel boom ever. Even Japanese ports were reopened. Fare by freighter: $225.

There was one huge hitch—nobody could go outside the Western Hemisphere just for fun. Many a country, notably Great Britain and...

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