After this agonizing election, many people say they want to move away from the United States for four years to escape the next administration. Others feel like just want to get away for a while to recuperate from the election. Certainly, most Americans I know are concerned whether and to what extent their ability to travel the globe will be impacted by the incoming administration (see, What Does the Future of Travel and Travel Loyalty Programs Look Like After Trump Becomes President?).
Some of my friends were in Europe this past week, and were greeted by locals (except Brits) with condolences. The Brits just said welcome to Brexit, or more likely, welcome to my hell. The tables have turned: now foreign friends are offering to sponsor US citizens for immigration to THEIR countries. I guess this is the new normal.
What are some great places for Americans to relocate to (or just go to get away for a little while) now that Donald Trump has won the Presidential Election?
Stefania Guglielmi, founder of Every Steph – Green & Glamorous Travel and Lifestyle, says that if you are thinking of moving because of the elections, or simply because you need a life change, there’s no better destination than Thailand. Thailand is known for its amazing islands and beaches, and for good reason. The sunsets and the beaches are some of the best you’ll ever see, but this is not all. From temples in Chiang Mai to the traditional tribes in Northern Thailand and crazy festivals such as in Phuket, Thailand really offers something for everyone. Thailand is also very kid- and solo female-friendly, and one of the countries you’ll feel safer than most in the whole world. The country also comes with a huge perk: the cost of life is extremely low. Think about dining with 1 dollar and a 100$/month rent… you might need this as the dollar is so low right now! Are you are still here? Go pack your bags: moving to Thailand is the best thing you’ll ever do.
2. EQUATORIAL GUINEA
“Equatorial Guinea is a fantastic country for American citizens to escape the Trump Administration. There is a distinct lack of paperwork required to live and work in EQG. All American Citizens have to do is show up and fill out the entrance card. One can stay as long as one likes without ever having to worry about a visa. One never has to worry about the political situation is amazingly stable. Equatorial Guinea is governed by one of the Africa’s longest servicing Presidents. He is always re-elected with 90% margins. The grocery store alcohol is cheap (think a handle of Smirnoff Vodka for $10 US). Now just remember to pack some anti-malaria meds, and get your shots updated.”
Nathan Aguilera, who writes Foodie Flashpacker says that Nicaragua is the perfect place to escape to from the U.S. – whether it be for a vacation or because a recent election didn’t go your way. The people are friendly, the cost-of-living is low, there’s amazing food, beaches, jungles, and even a volcano you can surf down the side of. And, with affordable flights from many parts of the U.S., you can get there in less than six hours. That’s close enough that your friends and family can still come visit often.
Taoufiq blogs and posts trip reports at Memories of Morocco, suggests relocating to the African county of Ghana. Yes, really, Ghana! After all, “what better way to escape Trumpmania than to up sticks and move to a place one’s never heard of? Ghana in West Africa offers a great package of balmy weather, beautiful nature, fresh foods, golden beaches, buzzing nightlife and friendly people who all speak english. It’s very budget friendly, and is one of the safest countries in Africa. And unlike the US, their political leaders are not into eye-catching policies. There may not be a WalMart, and you can’t turn right on red, but you will quickly get adjusted to the Ghanaian way of life.” You can read more here.
Paula Gaston, the author of Gone with the Wine (catchy name!), suggests that a move or excursion to Finland, the land of a thousand lakes, would be perfect. Why? Because it is one of the most liberal countries in the world, and it already had a female president for two terms. During the cold winters, you can enjoy the Northern lights (Aurora Borealis), while during the summer time there are nightless nights when the sun is up 24 hours. Most people in Finland speak English, as they enjoy the world’s best education system. And every home has a built-in sauna!
6. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Vicki Winters, of the Vicki Winters Show explains why she’s fleeing to Syria and why you might also want to go there.
Traffic has always been a nightmare in NYC but since Donald Trump was elected, every time he makes a move in the Big Apple, everything gets snarled up. For this and a few thousand other reasons I’m thinking about moving to a new place where I can forget all of our troubles and move on. So for a fresh new start, in a place that has warm weather, wide open spaces, no neighbors for miles around, and the possibility of adopting a few children. I’m moving to Syria. It’s super close to Iraq, which is another middle east hot spot that I’ve always wanted to visit. I might have to get a few new scarves before I leave.”
I am Kathy, and I write this blog, Will Run For Miles. My choice might be Belize. It was my kind of place, and they spoke English and used the US Dollar there. The living was easy there and maybe that’s alright. If it gets too quiet, there are many island countries I can always hop over to from there. Won’t Run (aka Dave the Traveling Music Man) thought the potato chips were way too expensive there, so if we go to Belize, we might have to bring a suitcase with four years worth of chips with us.