You've probably heard a friend or family member say they'll leave the country if "So-and-So" gets elected President (I may or may not be guilty of this myself), but no one ever does it. Well, just in case your paranoia overtakes you and you DO decide to leave, here are the best places to set up shop.


Travel website Thrillist put together their list based on the cost of living in each nation's major city:

  • Germany - About 70% of the population speaks English (especially younger people), it's centrally located--which makes it easy to explore the rest of Europe), you can drive really fast on the autobahn and drink lots of beer (!)
  • France - 35-hour work weeks are typical, including 90-minute lunchbreaks during the day. French employees are also given FIVE WEEKS of paid leave and 12 federal holidays per year, which allows you to enjoy your down time much more
  • Canada - Probably the most obvious choice. For starters, you won't have to strain to learn a foreign language. Also, their economy is stable, the education and public healthcare system is top-notch, and you're surrounded by nature.
  • Uruguay - This South American country is safe, progressive, and has fantastic beaches. The public transit system is efficient, the people are friendly, and marijuana is legal to grow and possess--if you're into that.
  • Czech Republic - The homeland of my grandfather would likely be my top choice...I've heard nothing but great things about this place, especially Prague, with its beautiful historic architecture. Cost of living is crazy-low, the Czechs are very welcoming to foreigners, and they drink more beer than any other nation per capita. Sign me up!

Click HERE to check out the full list...and might I suggest Italy? :-)

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