Authored by Chan Komagan
Let’s face it.
The possibility of Trump being elected as the next President of United States is getting closer to becoming just became a reality.
Independents tend to sway the outcome of every major election one way or the other, and most Independents
may not didn’t vote for Clinton. Though some people truly believe Trump will make America great again (as his campaign message claims), and believe him to be the best choice to lead the free world.
But for those looking to exit the country because you can’t imagine living under Trump’s presidency, the following are fantastic options for you.
Where to Flee
if Now that Trump Has Won the American Presidency
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As the birthplace of Trump’s wife Melania, it’s ironic that I choose Solvenia. Though this country is a hidden gem. Most Americans tend to head to Western European countries when they travel or immigrate, but this small former Yugoslavian country is a much better choice for your wallet (cost of living is 50% less compared to major cities in the U.S). Will Donald Trump be president?
Slovenia is still part of EU and uses the single European currency. The capital city Ljubljana is among the highest in the global scale of quality of life. It was recently named as the greenest capital for Europe in 2016, and in the last decade has worked tirelessly towards an aim of pedestrian and bike friendly streets. Which countries have a better cost of living than America?
It is also an ideal place for those who love spectacular nature. From Ljubljana you can discover the beauty of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. Triglav mountain is great for mountain hiking and camping in the summer.
Frequently awarded the title of the happiest country on Earth, Denmark is also the greenest capital city in the world. It’s no joke that the Danes replaced Christianity with cycling as their religion. I guarantee you’ll never see as many bikes anywhere else. Countries that are better than America?
If you are into interior design and fashion there are plenty of stores that will fulfill your appetite. Denmark offers scholarships for International students (free for EU students), and college education is inexpensive compared to America’s over-rated Ivy leagues. Which countries are cheaper than the US?
If you’re planning to raise a family, Denmark is the ideal place to live. Why? You get 52 weeks (1 year) of paid parental leave and 5 weeks of guaranteed vacation. Can you top that America? Best countries to live in overseas?
With a better standard of living, lower cost of education, and far superior health and benefits, Denmark is one country you should consider if you choose to flee. Cost of living is 10% less compared to major cities in U.S.
The land of rising sun, Japan is known for an ultra efficient system of transportation, clean environment, and friendly people. Kyoto, the former imperial capital city of Japan, continually receives nominations for the best city in the world. With gorgeous Japanese gardens, incredible shrines and temples, parks and markets, it’s no secret why expats love it here.
The Kyoto protocol was signed here back in 1992 with the purpose of cutting greenhouse gases emission. So it’s no wonder that the city is clean and pollution free. Did you know that Japan has more electric car charging spots than gas stations? If you’re one of those who drives an electric vehicle, Japan might be a great choice for you. Am I safe if Trump becomes president?
Pros: Efficient transportation, nature, and a high quality of education. Cost of Living: 20 – 30% less compared to major cities in U.S.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand, the land of smiles, is a tropical paradise albeit a touristy paradise. There are so many diverse attractions packed into such a small place. From white sandy beaches to bustling cities, beautiful pagodas, mountainous jungles and waterfalls, Thailand promises to wet anyone’s appetite for travel and adventure. What will happen to America if Donald Trump become president?
In traveling through Thailand, you will meet many expats who have happily retired and live a decent life with income from their Social security. For a country in South East Asian, Thailand is also relatively clean and safe for foreigners. Will people move overseas if Donald Trump wins?
Establish your base in the northern part of Thailand around Chiang Mai or Pai, and make trips to the beaches in the south. The weather is much cooler in the north and is less filled with tourists. The cost of living here is 70% cheap compared to major cities in U.S. American immigration to Thailand.
Colombia has well and truly come back from its gritty past. Now the economy is thriving. Medellin especially has made some smart choices in the recent past in terms of investing in developing infrastructure around transportation and public services. This in turn helped to curb and reduce violence and crime rate to a historic low. Is it safe to move to Colombia from America?
Medellin, the city of Eternal Spring (read my Ultimate Travel guide to Medellin) boasts a moderate spring like climate all year around. Most of the public services like Sports stadiums are free to use, and the city has free public bicycle system (Encicla) that is open for citizens and visitors.
If you are from the East coast you are only one hour behind. Hospitals and medical services are advanced like in the western world but relatively cheaper compared to America. Pros of moving to Medellin include great all year weather, low cost of living (70% cheaper than the U.S), free public services, and world class healthcare. Do Colombians like American expats?
Mark my words. If Trump becomes president, it’s Canada who will need to build a wall! One of the top destinations I recommend you flee is Montreal.
Canada is just like America. But better. A safe and stable country is a politically stable and a peaceful country. Their healthcare is second to none. Free healthcare starts when you are born and stays with you for life. And their education system is excellent, with lower cost compared to most English speaking countries. Also, the country has 38 National parks.
As a bilingual city, Montreal is the ideal place to base yourself to explore the rest of the country. It has everything ranging from great educational systems, nightlife, and public parks. It feels relatively less crowded for a big city. Plus if you from the east coast you are on the same time zone. Cost of living is 40% cheaper here compared to major cities in U.S.
Where Would You Flee?
I am personally leaning towards either Medellin or Montreal as my next home base. Let me know in the comments section where you would flee if Trump wins the presidency. Where can Americans immigrate to easily?
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Comparison data based on Expatistan. Photo credits: Featured photo & Pinterest cartoon by DonkeyHotey. Ljubljana by Gilad Rom. Lake Bled by Ramón. Copenhagen & Kyoto photos by Moyan Brenn. Lantern festival Chiang Mai by Andrea Schaffer. Spires by Angelo Juan Ramos. Medellin by Iván Erre Jota. Piedra del penol Medellin by Chan Komogan.