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When Donald Trump announced he was running for president, we joked that he’d be done within a few months. Comedians had a field day. He couldn’t gain any serious support, could he?
Until he started leading all the polls…and winning primaries.
Holy shit. This could actually happen.
And then the unthinkable happened.
Author’s note: This piece was originally published in March 2016. At that time, the idea of Trump winning the election was laughable at best. What an awful four years it’s been.
When Trump was elected, I wrote a post called Leaving is Easy. Fighting is harder. At the time, I was resolved to remain in the United States and fight as hard as I could.
As of September 2020, however, I am in the process of moving to the Czech Republic, where I’m able to enter due to my relationship with a Czech Resident and where I’m able to get a freelance business visa, similar to the German Artist Visa detailed below.
I’m leaving the US — but I’m not checking out. I will continue to be as politically involved as always, fighting for America’s most vulnerable citizens.
Additionally, this list is not currently updated for COVID. Many of these options are not available; for example, all Peace Corps Volunteers have been sent home.
If you want to get out of the US now, or in the next few months, I highly recommend booking a flight to Mexico. Americans can still travel to Mexico during COVID, they can stay up to six months at a time, and Mexico is full of safe, cheap, wonderful places to live. I spent the winter living in Mérida and loved it; my other recommended spots are Oaxaca and Mexico City.
“If Trump gets elected, I’m leaving the country!”
I know. Everyone says it. But there’s no way to actually do that, is there?
OF COURSE THERE IS! You could leave the country in SO many different ways — ways that are 100% legal and ethical.
Get a working holiday visa in Australia or New Zealand
If you’re 30 or under, you qualify to spend a year living and working in Australia or New Zealand! These are the only traditional working visas currently available to Americans.
In both countries, you can apply for the visa if you’re as old as 30; you can enter the country within one year of receiving your visa, which means you could start your year at age 31. Australia also offers the option of taking a second year if you spend three months working in “regional Australia” (rural areas and outside the most popular tourist destinations). Edit: I’ve since learned the second year is not available to Americans, sadly. Brits and Canadians can take advantage of this option, however.
You could spend your year bartending in Cairns or Queenstown, working on a winery in the Barossa Valley or Marlborough, working at a corporate job in Melbourne or Wellington, or taking on a hospitality job just about anywhere. And those are just a few of the possibilities.
For more, check out the Australia working holiday visa site and the New Zealand working holiday site.
Get a job teaching English abroad
Teaching English abroad is one of the easiest ways U.S. citizens can get a job working abroad. Most countries only require a university degree in any field; others also require a TEFL certificate.
The most opportunity for Americans is in Asia. South Korea tends to offer the best packages: a competitive salary plus free housing and free flights to and from your home country. Many teachers in South Korea are able to comfortably save more than $10,000 per year and pay down debt or go traveling afterward.
Japan, China, and Taiwan also have great environments for teaching English with decent benefits. Entry-level teaching jobs in Southeast Asia and Latin America tend to pay only enough to get by.
While many Americans dream of teaching English in Europe, it’s extremely difficult to work in the EU without EU citizenship and the jobs are thus few. Eastern Europe and Turkey are a better bet.
Options in the Middle East tend to pay the most but have the most stringent requirements, often a teaching certification and experience in your home country and/or an advanced degree.
This is just the most basic of overviews — head to ESL Cafe to learn anything and everything about teaching English abroad.
Join the U.S. Foreign Service
Dreamed of working as a diplomat around the world? The U.S. Foreign Service is your way in. If you’re able to pass the notoriously difficult Foreign Service Exam, you’ll be eligible to work two-year contracts in countries around the world.
The goal of the U.S. Foreign Service is “to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad.” Basically, you represent the United States while abroad.
There are several different tracks: Administration, Construction Engineering, Facility Management, Information Technology, International Information and English Language Programs, Medical and Health, Office Management, and Law Enforcement and Security.
You don’t get to choose your destination — you could be headed to any of 270 embassies around the world — but if you work in a hardship destination, you’ll often get preferential treatment regarding your next assignment. Like two of my lovely readers whom I met in Mexico last year — after working as diplomats in Pakistan, they got stationed in Cuba next.
Check out all the details on the U.S. Foreign Service’s website.
Join the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is perhaps the most famous volunteer program in America, starting in 1961 under President Kennedy. Volunteers are sent around the world in primarily two-year contracts working in the fields of Education, Health, Community Development, Environment, Youth in Development, Agriculture, and Peace Corps Response.
You don’t get to choose where you go — you’re sent where your skills are needed the most. That means if you speak Spanish, there’s a good chance you’ll be sent to Latin America; if you speak French, there’s a good chance you’ll be sent to Africa.
Most people I’ve known to serve in the Peace Corps describe it as life-changing. It’s a fantastic way to serve your country and make lasting contributions toward building a better planet.
For more, visit the PeaceCorps.gov.
Find a job abroad
I know it sounds daunting to find a job abroad when you don’t know anything about it, but Americans do it successfully every day!
The U.S. State Department has put together a comprehensive list of resources for finding work abroad, no matter what field you’re in.
Study abroad or get another degree.
Are you still in college? Studying abroad will be one of the most valuable (and fun!) things you do in your college career. Here are the lessons I learned from my semester in Florence in 2004.
Already have a degree? This could be a great opportunity to get your master’s abroad! Several countries offer you the option of getting your master’s in just one year, unlike the standard two years in the United States.
You probably know that several countries offer free university education to their citizens. Well, several countries offer free university education to international students as well, including Americans! Don’t speak the local language? They offer degrees given in English as well.
It was big news when Germany began offering free education to international students in 2014. Other countries include Brazil, Finland, France, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden.
Many of these countries also offer stipends, making getting your degree infinitely more affordable than in the U.S.
If your job has an international office, see if you can transfer.
This isn’t an option if you work for a small, independent, local business. But it could work if you work for a larger company.
I used to work for a company with offices in Boston and London, and plenty of people migrated across the Atlantic in each direction. The company took care of the sponsorship and all the red tape.
Another option: if your company has an international parent company, see if you can find a job abroad in one of your parent company’s other companies.
See if you can start working remotely
If your job is mostly doable online, you may have the ability to start working remotely and set up shop anywhere in the world.
Note that this is something best done little by little. Start by doing exceptionally outstanding work for awhile, then ask your boss if you can work remotely one day per week. Make that your most productive day of the week. If it goes well and your company is pleased, keep negotiating for more time working remotely.
If you’re able to transition to working 100% remotely, keep in mind that you may need to stay within the same time zone or in a destination where you have excellent internet. Still, that’s a small price to pay for working from, say, a beach town in Costa Rica!
Look into the German Artist Visa
Entering the EU long-term is a major challenge for most Americans, but one of the easiest ways in (aside from getting a student visa) is to get the German “artist visa.”
“Artist” is a relative term here. In this case, it means freelancer. If you’re able to prove multiple contracts paying you enough to get by, that may be enough for you to secure this visa and live in Germany.
Most people with this visa choose to live in Berlin due to its art scene, expat scene, and relatively low cost of living (albeit one that continues to rise). Increasingly popular alternatives are hip Hamburg and artsy Leipzig.
Check out Travels of Adam’s guide to getting the German artist visa or, alternatively, a student visa.
Become an au pair in Europe
If you love kids, don’t mind living with a family, and want to live like a local, becoming an au pair could be an excellent option for you. Many Americans become au pairs by finding a job and family online, then registering for a student visa to give you a year in the country.
The student visa could be for as little as a few hours of language study each week; some countries, like France, are notoriously lax about whether you actually attend class and many au pairs decide to ditch the classes entirely.
Being an au pair could be the time of your life — or a complete disaster. The best thing is to know exactly what kind of experience you want — how many kids and how old? Living with the family or in your own apartment? Urban, suburban, or rural environment? Would you be expected to cook or not? — and finding a family that fits your needs well.
Ashley Abroad has a great resource for getting started as an au pair.
Save up, quit your job, and backpack the world for awhile
Yes. You can absolutely do this. Plenty of people around the world travel for months at a time — it’s very common for people from other western countries, but far less popular for Americans.
If you want your money to go the furthest, stick to a cheaper region. Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Central America, and Eastern Europe are all great options. You can live in parts of these regions on less than $1000 per month if you want to (but that amount doesn’t include start-up expenses like flights, gear and insurance).
Here’s how I saved $13,000 in just seven months. That was almost enough to sustain me for six months in Southeast Asia from 2010-2011, but keep in mind prices have increased a bit since then.
Move somewhere cheap for awhile
Not in the mood to be traveling all the time? You could just move somewhere. Many countries have visa policies that allow you to live long-term by leaving the country every few months and coming right back. (Be sure to check on your country’s latest visa regulations, as they can change at any time.)
I still think that Chiang Mai, Thailand, offers the maximum value for a great price. As a solo adult, you can comfortably get by in Chiang Mai for less than $800 per month, or even less if you’re part of a couple, and there are plenty of amenities for the many expats who live and work there.
Other popular options for expats? Oaxaca, Mexico. Ubud, Bali. Bangkok, Thailand. Medellin, Colombia. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (particularly Panajachel and San Pedro). If you have the ability to live in the EU, consider Berlin, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Budapest, Hungary; Prague, Czech Republic; or any town you can imagine in Spain: Madrid, Sevilla, Granada, Barcelona.
Get a second citizenship based on your ancestry
Several countries offer the option of getting a passport based on your ancestry. I’ve known Americans who have gained Irish, British, Italian, and German citizenship due to their parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents being born in those countries.
The best part? Gaining EU citizenship means you can move around freely within the EU, not just the country where you hold the ancestry!
Do research this first — every country is different and has its own conditions. Some don’t offer ancestry-based citizenship at all. (While my great-grandfather immigrated from Italy, I don’t qualify for Italian citizenship because he naturalized before my grandmother was born.) Here’s a guide to obtaining citizenship in European countries.
Israel also offers citizenship based on the Law of Return. You must either be Jewish by birth (meaning your mother or grandmother is Jewish) or a convert to Judaism.
Keep in mind that this could potentially take years, depending on the country. It took three years for my friend Mike to get his Italian citizenship. (Then again, as someone who lived in Italy and visits often, they are not the most organized of nations when it comes to this kind of stuff. Or anything else, frankly.)
Fall in love with someone from a different country, get married, and move to their country.
I know a lot of people, particularly women, dream of this — meeting a handsome fisherman on a Greek island, or a brawny Australian at a beach bar in Thailand, and falling in love and it being destiny and your friends being so jealous.
Well…as someone who has lived in another country for two different boyfriends, let me tell you that the reality can often be quite difficult, even if you have a good relationship. Living in a different country is like fighting through hundreds of cultural differences every day, and there can be a chasm in your relationship if you’re struggling while your partner is surrounded by everything he knows and loves. It’s much harder if you don’t speak the local language or you’re living in a small town.
Whatever you do, make sure you have a strong support system on the ground. Make sure you have interests, activities, and a social circle outside your partner. Most importantly, make sure your partner understands how challenging it is for you to be there, even if you’re happy most of the time. Make sure he makes an effort to travel to America, too.
You’re the one who is sacrificing here. Even if you were excited to move there. Even if he supports you financially. Even if you work online and have the freedom to live anywhere.
Just move to Canada!
Everyone says they’re moving to Canada if a candidate they hate is elected. Well, this guy actually moved to Canada when George W. Bush was elected. That link gives you an overview of ways for Americans to move to Canada today.
But in all seriousness…
I know this is a tongue-in-cheek list, but I seriously hope you’re not voting for Donald Trump. (I know I’m preaching to the choir here. The kind of person interested enough in other countries to read a travel blog is not the kind of person who would support a xenophobic presidential candidate.) Please do everything you can to keep him from being elected.
But there’s something else I want to say.
In the past six years, I’ve met many American travel bloggers who have said something along the lines of, “I just don’t like it in America. I don’t want to live where I could be killed in a random shooting or where I could be bankrupted if I’m hospitalized. I don’t like it here anymore, so I’m leaving.”
I get it. I was like that. Parts of me still feel that way. But not anymore.
I recently moved back to the U.S. after more than five years of travel. There were many reasons. One is because I am sick of doing nothing. I want to be here and fight to make my country better. And I’m getting started.
All of us can run away. Believe me — there’s stuff about America that keeps me up at night. Frequent school shootings and a Congress that refuses to pass any kind of reasonable legislation like closing the gun show loophole. Black Americans, including children, being killed by the police for no reason at all. The racism, both overt and subtle, that our president receives on a daily basis. Out-of-control elections and candidates supported by corporations. The possibility of a religious ideologue being appointed to the Supreme Court.
So why do I even bother? Because when you choose to be inactive, you’re giving power to the opposition.
If you choose to travel, or to live abroad, that’s wonderful! But don’t use it as an excuse to check out of America completely. Donate money to causes that will make America better. Donate your time to causes and see if you can help online. Get absentee ballots, familiarize yourself with candidates in every race, and vote in every election. These things really can make a difference.
If you do decide to leave the country if Trump is elected, be sure to buy travel insurance first! If you get seriously sick or your trip gets cuts short for a family emergency, travel insurance can save you thousands. I never travel without it and always use World Nomads.
180 thoughts on “15 Ways to Leave the Country if Donald Trump Gets Reelected”
All great ideas but I agree with what you say at the end — if Donald Trump wins I will seriously consider moving BACK to the States to be an activist. 🙂
Come join me in Harlem!
Hi u need a room in Harlem?
Guess u were kidding.
I was denied a British passport last year.
Even though I was a permanent resident for many years.
My mum and grandmother were British.
I didn’t get it plus they kept my application money.
Was told by several people on the phone don’t worry you qualify.
Then last minute some bitch denied me.
I lived there most of my life?
I meant roommate I used to live in nyc
That’s ok, Amy…..you can stay where you are…don’t need you now.
This country needs people like Amy now more than ever before. But she must remember that if Trump becomes President of the United States, she will be taking the chance of being annihilated along with the rest of us in this country.
Annihilated by whom or what???? Sounds like you have been radicalized (lied to) by the left.
Dude… Trump is medically incapable of keeping his mouth shut, or being even remotely diplomatic. That is no “radicalization”, that is fact, clearly seen by spending any time at all watching him.
He would plung us into a war with , within days of speaking with a leader or official representative. This is a man who is kept awake all night over a FORMER Ms. America winner, prompting him to go on a psychosis induced attack on social media, in the middle of the night. This is not a Left/Right issue, it’s a common sense one.
You simply cannot trust a man like Trump to act in the best interests of an entire nation, when that man cannot control himself when it is in his “own” best interests to do so. Especially when the only important thing in that mans life is himself.
Trump got elected and I am scared. I am Jewish and he is a racist.
My Reply was to Bob BTW!!
So excited to hear of yous all leaving the great Nation of the USA….all good things for America with the exception of a few already gone coming back to protest…I guess we cannot always have our cake and eat it too…..It is a tragedy for the Nations yous go to….better watch their are a few that will deport you…but overall great news for the USA!
I said I’d leave the country if Tony Abbott became PM of Australia… he did… and I followed through. Which I would have done regardless, but the timing was rather pleasant.
That being said, his political party have caused an insurmountable amount of damage to my country in the last three years. I do find myself wishing sometimes that I was fighting against them on home turf.
I’ve got my fingers crossed for all Americans that you don’t have a similar outcome. You’re right though – if it does come to that, the people themselves do have the power to make a difference and the best results often come from the ground.
I’ve never seen a single politician so derided by his fellow citizens as Tony Abbott. I don’t blame you for leaving!
Totally agree that people should vote at every chance they get. There was a long and hard slog for everyone to have the ability to be able to do so and an individual voice really can make all the difference!
Fingers crossed for the US at this time… I really hope he isn’t elected! xo
Funny, you guys want out, we want in! I’d love to be able to live in the States for a while, somewhere in New York, or Atlanta or San Diego, but it’s so difficult and expensive to getting a visa, I’m tired of even trying anymore.
My heart is out to you, I hope Donald Trump loses the elections or God help us all!
I feel your pain. The U.S. definitely doesn’t make it easy.
We can relate to what you are saying! After reading the title of this post, our first reaction was: oh, it should be so easy if you want to move out compared to the case when you want to move in… 😀 We’ve spent a year in California with a scholarship opportunity and have travelled around the US as much as we could. And our dream is to move there some day… but it’s just not easy. We haven’t given up though, we are trying our best, but it takes much time and effort.
On the other hand, this whole Trump thing… We don’t really know much about American politics, but even from those pieces from the news we feel like it could be a comedy… if it wasn’t real.
Trump hates furriners, he’ll close the borders but that might be more to keep people in.
My husband’s job has been winding down; at 63 we just wanted to enjoy our life and had toyed with leaving for years. Now I’m not toying any more. We have enough to live on and that’s the most vital part. Our son and his wife want to come with – even better. They both have educations and experience in demand all over the world and we can support ourselves and be assets.
Where’s the downside when weighed against tRump?
Joanne, I was beginning to think that no one else had considered that closing the borders might mean keeping “us” in as much as keeping “them” out. So thank you for that :-).
I’m 67 and hate to leave my country but when someone is as personally reprehensible as Trumpelstilskin I feel I have no choice. I am afraid to stay. I have mild epilepsy and we all know what he thinks of those with disabilities, mild or not. Canada seems seriously (which is too bad because I love Nova Scotia) to be a soft target. I’m thinking of England; my ancestors were from England and I’ve always dreamed of visiting or even living there. But the price of leaving the country concerns me, also the technicalities of settling in a new one. Does anyone have any suggestions/remarks/comments/whatever on that subject?
With all due respect, I live in the UK, and it is a bad country for disabled people at present: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37899305
Add the Brexit, a stubborn government, and the rise in hate crime and there is great uncertainty about the future there. But don’t give up please, there are other countries that will treat disabled people better.
I am curious, Gabi…do you mind elaborating a bit on the “God help us all” if Mr. Trump is elected president? It seemed to suggest in your first paragraph that you are not a citizen of the United States and, if that is true, why are you so concerned?
Eugenia – Gaby hasn’t answered, but I’ll give you mine. I AM a US citizen, but I can certainly understand why the rest of the world is not only laughing at us for allowing this buffoon to get even this close but is also shaking in their boots (AND saying God help us all) at even the remote possibility that he could be elected president. The president of the US does not effect only the US. And the way he has talked about the rest of the world is very frightening indeed, for us AND for them. He will set off major fears everywhere. He admires strong dictators (and has been saying so in interviews for years). He admired the way the Chinese cracked down on the student protesters at TienanMen Square. He admires Vladimir Putin, who illegally annexed part of a sovereign country (Ukraine) by force. He advocates for committing WAR CRIMES and murdering innocent people to get his way.
The world does not need a new, 21st-century Mussolini-type Fascist strongman. The world does not need a new racist, misogynist, hate-monger, divisive “leader” in such an important position with his finger near the hot button. THAT is why so many people all over the world, including me, say “God help us all,” if this man should be elected.
If only there was a way to make you liberturds keep your vow to leave the US. You asshats always threaten to leave if you don’t get your way but you never do!
A lot of us want to but can’t afford it. The easiest and most secure way to leave is to apply for a work visa or teach english abroad (even though many americans speak worse English than people in other countries). However these require extensive degrees in most cases and the American Educational Institutions have made it near impossible to get these degrees without signing away your soul. Many of these articles give you ways to leave but require extensive financial resources, Education (essentially just an extension of ”Financial Resources”) or join a team or group that is still associated with the United States. So while there are many ‘lists’ of ways to leave, most of it isn’t viable for the majority of Americans. That being said I would say it’s more of a lack of legitimate options than a lack of will. I would love to leave … but how?
Because the whole world will be at a loss. Really??? Did you just ask thst question.?? Is your head really – nm. Sry, but really??? What do you think will happen to international relations. I mean international. Where is your ancestry? ? Did you just grow outta the ground? Omg. I’m just losing it in general. W/o him being in. Do you not even notice n e thing around you. Ppl have lost what it even mean to be a human being. To be living in this country for what it really stands for. It’s just the wrong person & wrong time. You know just think abt it really. Thanks, but no thanks to the verbage of infentile thinking. Am.Citizen.
I said it once, and I’ll say it again, you are my absolute FAVORITE blogger!!! Thank you for this! I will surely pass it on! 🙂
Thank you, Heather!
This is by far the worst thing you have ever written. Seriously Kate? Do you have nothing else to write about? I thought you were a travel inspirational website and now you are giving in to the political pandering. What’s next? 16 reasons to move if Hillary is elected so you can cover both sides?
I don’t support Trump and I doubt he will win but stick to encouraging us women to travel not leave our country. I bet you said you would leave when Bush was elected too.
I’m fulling unsubscribing from your site. You’re site has been going downhill for a long time and this seals the deal. It’s all first world white girl problems not “here’s how you can be an adventurous solo traveler” too.
Wow I could not disagree more. Aside from the fact that this is a fun article encouraging travel and not “political pandering”, Trump is an insane choice for a leader, and his possible role as president goes way, way beyond politics. I’d venture to say it crosses the line of human decency what with his racist attitudes and narrow-mindedness.
But even more than that, to say that Kate’s site has been going downhill and has been focusing solely on first world white girl problems is so completely off the mark!! Kate has recognised on her blog the privilege of being a white American female, and regularly makes strides to go BEYOND this. She has spoken about her desire to combat and transcend these issues and in recent months, her posts have moved even MORE in this direction. She also features female travelers from a range of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Amy, I couldn’t agree with you more. If anything Kate’s site has becoming more cognizant of privilege, and she is one of the most socially aware bloggers out there. Rock on Kate 🙂
Confused? Trump is gross, but Hillary let our soldiers die in Benghazi. At least Trump is a businessman who would help get us out of debt and secure our freedoms. Hillary is wanting to take away our right to bare arms and homeschool our children. Businesses will not survive if she is elected. I already know of so many business going under because of all Obama’s taxes.
No right to bare arms?! Well, that changes everything!!!! I can’t live without my tank tops! THANKS OBAMA.
George W. Bush’s reign and war in Iraq brought about 13 attacks on embassies and 60 deaths. My son was a medic there and kept calling me and telling me this stuff so I looked it up. Where was good ol’ warring George, hmmmm?
And honey? You can go sleeveless and bare your arms any time, we have no laws against it.
HA. Thanks for the laugh, Melanie; you made my morning!
My favorite comments are by the people who clearly did not read the post — nor my blog as a whole. And many thanks for the kind comment above, Amy. Now that’s someone who actually DID read the post and DOES read my blog.
Glad to see you go, Melanie. Now you’ll have more time to post links from The Onion on Facebook without realizing that they’re satire.
Meh, it happens. American sarcasm is too much for people sometimes. But it’s okay- I got the joke. But in all seriousness, God forbid, Trump becoming the president. #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain
Good day Kate!
He became president. God help us. I cannot sleep. Today is 11.9.16
I’m very grateful to have found this blog. Some of my friends say I should stay and fight, but look at what happened in Germany..the people who left in the 30s when Hitler first came to power and saw where things were headed..survived.
I’m sorry but I’m too old to be fighting. I fought during Bush and don’t feel like I accomplished much. We ended up in 2 wars, hurricane Katrina, and the biggest recession since the Great Depression.
Economists are saying that with Trump, we’ll end up in a DEPRESSION, not a recession. And look at his administration and his cabinet appointments!!! A bunch of incompetents and outright white supremacists and racists!!
The KKK is marching in celebration and his supporters are running around painting swastikas everywhere and harrassing Muslims, Hispanics and people of color.
The writing is on the wall. I want out.
@melanie girl bye, its her blog she can write whatever she wants…. What have you contributed to her life? Nothing!
i have had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Kate personally
on several occasions (i live in one of her fave destinations, Koh Lanta, Thailand)
she always has acknowledged how fortunate she is, and i have never once heard her
even utter a pretentious privileged word- have been reading the blog since i met her 2+ yrs ago,
and i think it is actually getting more interesting as she matures…
peeps should consider leaving the country if T-rump, or Cruz, or Shrillary areelected,
for then the US is toast, stick a fork in it, finished
i salute Kate for returning, i won’t be- but to get in a hissy fit and unsubscribe
just because of a somewhat whimsical article based upon a real, viable premise?
Thank you – travel tip is by far where the talent lies.
Your words on inaction made me think of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw41BDhI_K8
Kate, I really liked this post. It’s a little bit removed from your usual thematic material, but it is important and useful. I have said that Trump shouldn’t worry about fences on our southern border, but the northern one to stop all the expats-to-be from escaping. Thanks for stepping “out of your lane” for a bit…great blog.
Thanks, Frank. Expect a lot more variety in posts in the coming months!
Thanks as always for the shout-out Kate! I kind of go back-and-forth on this…wondering whether if this actually happens, if I’d want to flee or to stay (in my case, to come back) and try to change things for the better.
Regardless, I do agree that Germany is a good option for expats!
Of course! Thanks for writing a great guide.
I just tried to apply for a Australian work travel visa, it looks like USA isn’t on the list of acceptable countries.
It is. USA is near the top when you select the country — you might have missed it.
Hmm I’m not sure why they keep telling me I’m not eligible. I’m 30 and don’t turn 31 until August.
This is when it really sucks to have a military husband. Yeah the deployments and not choosing where in the country we get to live are bad, but the fact that he couldn’t legally come with me should Trump get elected kind of blows. The hypocrisies of his supporters are countless, but I honestly don’t understand how military republicans (which, let’s face it, many of our troops are republican), could stand behind a man who said this: “My number was so incredible and it was a very high draft number. Anyway so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people.”
Um. You felt like you were in the military because you dealt with them? Fuck you. No, fuck you. (Obviously not the worst thing he’s said, but seeing what our veterans deal with, this one hits hard for me.)
Not that we’d actually leave, but being an expat for awhile has been a dream of mine. 😉
That’s one I hadn’t heard yet. It blows my mind that he can say whatever he wants and still win primaries.
The a-hole was a 6-time draft Vietnam dodger, the coward. 4 times because of college and twice for ‘bad feet’. I lost some very dear friends, worthwhile contributors to society in that war. One was an only son who was ambushed three weeks after he arrived.
Haha, love that list, and a very good article! I agree with what you say at the end – i’m from the UK and feel the same about my country sometimes – but we do all need to act to make a change.
I’m hoping that SURELY humanity/ common sense will prevail and Donald Trump won’t get elected… if not I am utterly perplexed at the state of the modern world!
Thanks for a great post!
“Australia also offers the option of taking a second year if you spend three months working in “regional Australia” (rural areas and outside the most popular tourist destinations).”
I think if you did more research, you’d find that Americans aren’t eligible for the second year via regional work.
Also, Americans can be as old as 35 for the New Zealand working holiday visa. You have to go through BUNAC.
Thank you — I’ve updated the post to reflect that. Appreciate it!
In addition to getting an absentee ballot and making informed decisions about your elected officials, get ON the ballot. If you don’t like your current representation, OFFER YOURSELF as an alternative. Especially women and minorities, who are drastically underrepresented in elected office. You don’t need political experience or to “wait your turn” to contribute to the workings of our government.
That’s an excellent point, Kristy! You are absolutely right!
Germany had free university education for foreigners before 2014 already. Only some states charged very low tuition fees (but also for Germans) for a few years before they stopped the experiment. Even then, the fees were only 1,000 EUR per year at most for undergraduate degrees.
Great read! Especially liked the pics.
Great article! I find it funny how people threaten to leave the country if this person or that person become president, yet they still think “visa” means a credit card and nothing else. A couple things I wanted to comment on: in Australia, american’s can’t renew their visa for a second year. I just left Australia in December and would have stayed another year if I could have. There’s rumor that’s changing, but for now you can only stay one year (Canadians and Brits for example can stay 2). Another thing, I just finished backpacking for 4 months through Australia and SE Asia and spent $5,000 all in including flights! Just for other readers, $13,000 can last you a lot longer than 6 months in SE Asia. But that’s awesome you were able to save so quickly!! Will be sharing this article! 🙂
Thank you for this information, Hannah — I updated the article to reflect it!
You say move to Canada like it’s an easy thing to do. It’s not. The cost of living there is also much higher.
Did you click on the link, Braelyyn? That lays out all the details. Also, Canada is a big and diverse place, just as the United States is.
I hope you enjoy living in Canada – it is a beautiful country.
Is that where you are going, Eugenia? When Hillary wins?
This was a great post with lots of good information. One problem though, when you politicize you do alienate a large percentage of your subscribers. As you mentioned, Trump keeps winning primaries, which tells us that many people like him. Whether they are right or wrong in your opinion shouldn’t matter in a travel blog, since travel is our common thread. I personally have learned never to discuss politics outside of a political blog. I know from experience that it’s a quick way to acquire haters. Those that don’t agree with you may not post here, but they will feel alienated. Just trying to help.
I respectfully disagree. A lot of Kate’s blog is about her personality. There are plenty of travel magazines that offer a dry summary of a destination, politics free. The reason we read Adventurous Kate is because of her unique perspective, which gives us the chance to see the world through a different lens. I’ve gotten a good idea of Kate’s politics through the subtext of her blog (especially in her fantastic recent posts) so I’m pretty sure any readers ‘alienated’ by her distaste towards Trump are reading the wrong travel blog to begin with. Also why can’t you mix politics with travel? It seems like a pretty good combination, especially in terms of foreign policy issues.
Thanks very much, Jemma! And I agree.
What she said so much better than I….
Hey, if you don’t want haters, you’re probably best off never giving an opinion on the internet in the first place. 🙂
I don’t plan on turning this into a political blog, but I don’t think it’s a sacrifice to lose Trump fans. Considering his levels of bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and all-around lack of class, I don’t know why any regular reader of a travel blog would support Donald Trump in the first place!
Happened up on your blog. Very offensive comments. Care to give specific examples how this successful businessman who married an immigrant hires many minorities has more women in top executive positions than men and a pioneer in doing so is all of these nasty things you say he is? Also you don’t want Trump supporters contributing and reading your blog? The millions of supporters hmmmm ok. So you guys just want all the little sheep to think and act and feel alike? I’m into travel but I somehow feel much more stupid for reading this offensive vile nasty crap. Good luck and you guys lighten up enjoy the world and different things in it. Different stuff is interesting! You all sound so darn depressed. I’m moving I’m freaking out I’m scared of different thought please be like me! Jeez it’s pathetic
What she said so much better than I….
I cannot live in a country headed up by an orange rapist; besides, we want to retire in peace.
I had no idea you could gain dual citizenship through ancestry. That’s very interesting!
I see a lot of bloggers recommending the German freelance visa… I wish they’d detail the complications of it! I’ve lived in Germany for three years on this visa. Here’s what:
-Learn German. Seriously. Learn. German. It’s disrespectful, difficult, and uninformed not to.
-These visas can be reversed/denied at ANY TIME. I’ve seen it happen to multiple people.
-The German education system is VERY different than the American one. As someone mentioned above, Germany has offered free education for quite a while, but a lot of Americans come here expecting a free degree and have a real shock adjusting to the system. You also need to speak very good German for 85% of degrees here, ESPECIALLY undergrad degrees.
-Learn. German. I canNOT stress this enough. I know so many expats here who constantly have to pay other people or scramble when they need to do something bureaucratic. In this country that’s basically everything.
-Be ready for a gradual culture shock. Germany isn’t all that different–until you’ve lived here for a while.
-Learn German. Can you tell I think this is important? haha
All in all, Germany is a really lovely place to live. I do see quite a few Americans/Brits come here for 3-6 months, not be able to deal with the systems/language/cultural differences and leave. Just be prepared before you think it’s an “easy way out!”
Thanks for sharing, Rachel! Everyone I know on the visa has said the same thing as you — learning German is essential.
I often think that the “easiest” countries to live in as an American can be surprisingly challenging and frustrating!
Would you give the same advice to those coming across the US southern border?
I would say just keep going until you hit Canada lol. Don’t even stop for gas here. It used to be a nifty Country but there is only so much Glue you can add to the facade before it melts and everyone can see what’s behind it. Among other things the one thing that hurts the most is when Trump talks about locking the gates to his favorite minorities meanwhile I was attacked by some tweaking white guy downtown. Many of my friends are Hispanic or Latin. I work with a fellow from the middle east who is a brilliant engineer. It’s white folk that scare me lol. Unfortunately I am white (Family is from Norway but wayyyyyy back) so I certainly wouldn’t take my own word. I don’t even trust me anymore :/
Liked the twist on the post Kate. You were able to discuss some interesting travel options for those of us who love to travel and tie in the silly remarks of many frustrated Americans during this bizarre election year. I agree with you that if you don’t like the candidate or the elected representatives, get involved. That’s the beauty of American Democracy – you can be heard via your vote and your voice.
But do get educated on the issues before you stick your foot in your mouth. That is what I see happening right now in the USA – people are seriously uninformed about the issues and the candidates positions because they don’t read! Read to improve our society – and be sure to read both sides. Then you can make an informed vote and educate others.
So many “amens” for this post! That’s all I have to say about that.
Thanks so much for all the info Kate. I’m going to look into some of your ideas for living abroad. It’s a dream of mine. I agree with your political views, too. His 3rd grade antics when he doesn’t like someone are so immature. I cannot imagine him working with world leaders representing the US. Ten years ago I went to a financial forum where Trump was the headliner and he was so self absorbed that he didn’t even give financial advice.
That doesn’t surprise me, Deb! Thanks for sharing.
I really enjoyed this post and I don’t get why some people in the comments are saying you shouldn’t be getting into politics. After all, if strictly travel was your only point of view, this blog would become very one-dimensional. Keep at it!
A few things that I’d like to clear about the post, though. You might not get free education in Finland if you’re from the USA. A lot of (if not most or all, I’m not sure) universities in Finland are starting to implement fees for foreign students outside of EU and ETA countries which could be up to 10,000 euros. America is not the only country messing things up at the moment 🙁
If you wanted to move to Australia for longer than a year though, you could find a good job during that year of a working holiday visa and get sponsored for a working visa. If I remember correctly, you can get a permanent visa or citizenship or something after living four years in the country. Most people who I know did this were British or Irish, but I can’t think of a reason why an American wouldn’t be eligible for the same thing.
Thanks so much, Elina! And thank you for the information on Finland.
As for getting sponsorship in Australia, it IS possible (Christine from C’est Christine was offered sponsorship at her job in Melbourne, I believe), but know that it’s not common. Companies have to pay a LOT of money to sponsor an international employee, which is why they are less likely to do so. Most often, you get sponsored because your skills are rare and in demand. I have a friend in New Zealand whose company wanted to keep him on, and they basically embellished the hell out of his resume, saying that he was a tech genius when in reality he was just a marketing dude. That’s what it took to get the sponsorship approved.
Great post Kate! Yes the ways to leave the country are funny and actually very useful but mostly for the anti-trump call. I am from the Netherlands myself, so I don’t have a say in all this. Nevertheless, I hope it will never get to the point where this crazy guy is president… We do have a similar issue in the Netherlands where Geert Wilder, a Dutch anti-Islam politician is getting increasingly popular. Next year there will be elections as well and I have also joked about moving to another country if he wins… Crazy world.
I’ve been a language teacher in Spain for more than eight years, and there are tons of exchange programs in Spain, Portugal and France – just FYI! I did the North American Language and Culture Assistants for three years before gaining residency. Most – though not all – are looking for recent college grads, and it’s a foot in the door!
The meat of the post is more than politics – it’s information on visa options for those interested in moving abroad, be it for a short time, for political reasons, for whatever. You do you.
Ah yes, I did want to include the auxiliare programs in France and Spain! Great point about the youth factor, though.
I struggle with this too — if Trump is elected, I’ll feel so ashamed, scared, and dismayed that a part of me will want to wipe my hands of America and leave it to the people who wanted him. But then I think, no, that’s childish; I should stay and continue to be a voice of reason for all the people who CAN’T leave and who are at risk under his presidency. Ugh.
For what it’s worth, I liked this post and thought it was a great way to mesh travel with current events!
A great point, Kelly. We hold a lot of privilege and it’s our responsibility to advocate for the people who will suffer the most under Trump’s policies (or lack thereof).
Thanks for the list of alternatives. I have already committed to leaving by 12/18 once Hillary gets elected. As you can see I don’t have faith in the American voters.
This is great to read – thanks so much Kate. I’m a Brit and I live in the UK and I’ve been looking on in horror and disbelief at The Trump Spectacle. It’s reassuring to read articles like yours because we don’t hear much of this in the UK media.
Reasonable people don’t make the news very often. 😉
Haha what a hilarious post!
I’m Canadian, but even I’m praying Trump doesn’t get elected…
I’m not an American, but I study politology and I have a question – why wouldn’t you want Donald Trump to be elected? I’ve been following american presidential campaign avidly for months and the only faults I see in this guy are personal – he’s aggresive and arrogant, he’s not easy to like as a fellow human. However, from a political point of view, his program is simply rational. Your economy is plummeting, free speech is being restricted just because somebody *might* get offended (like it’s the state’s job to care for somebody’s fragile emotions) and that is, mind you, not a democratic idea, your army’s equipment is becoming dated with a few well-kept units, geopolitically-speaking you don’t have much time before you officialy stop being recognized as “the world power”. Trump sees that and is trying to prevent / reverse all of this. These things are absolutely valid to your everyday lives – in the long run, of course. So why are you opposing him so much? I really do want to know your opinion!
Hi, Magdalena —
Thanks for your comment. I’m glad to elaborate for you.
First of all, regarding your comments:
“Your economy is plummeting.” Not true. The economy is actually doing quite well. Unemployment is low, GDP is growing. Here’s a piece that can tell you more: http://theweek.com/articles/568952/americas-economy-doing-much-better-than-think
Now, why do some people say the economy is bad? Namely, Republicans? First, because they’re trying to get elected while the opposing party is in office. You don’t say things are going well if you’re in the opposing party — you say that things are terrible and you’re going to make them better. This piece goes into that and other nuances: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/upshot/how-is-the-economy-doing-politics-may-decide-your-answer.html?_r=0
“Free speech is being restricted.” Not true. Most people don’t understand what “free speech” actually means. Free speech means that the government can’t arrest you for what you say. It doesn’t mean that you can say whatever you want, whenever you want, without consequence. Under this definition, there has never been a problem with free speech in the United States.
The great irony of you saying this is that Trump has called for restrictions on freedom of the press, which is freedom of speech for reporters: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/29/trump-taking-aim-at-the-press-vows-again-to-open-libel-laws/
“Your army’s equipment is becoming dated.” What’s your source for this? America spends an enormous amount on the military — more than 50% (!!!) of discretionary spending in 2015 was military-based. See more here: https://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/spending/
Four years ago, Mitt Romney pointed out that the Navy was the smallest it had been since 1917. President Obama’s reply: “Yes, and we also have fewer horses and bayonets.” Times change. Technology changes. Look at how drones alone have changed modern warfare.
“You don’t have much time before you officially stop being recognized as ‘the world power.'” That’s more subjective, but I get your point. It’s true that China has been emerging as a new superpower, and I believe that the 21st century is China’s to claim, unless they make some major blunders, and I have no doubt they will. (The 20th was America’s and the 19th was Britain’s.) The U.S. is still standing strong.
Now, why am I against Donald Trump:
1) He completely lacks knowledge of the world.
Trump hasn’t put forward any meaningful policies beyond, “We’re going to get them, and we’re going to be strong, and we’re going to get it done.” When it comes to foreign affairs, in every interview and debate he hasn’t been able to string together a coherent or accurate point.
He wants ISIS to take out Assad in Syria. In other words, he wants A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION TO COMPLETELY TAKE OVER A COUNTRY. Jesus.
Trump has even admitted that he knows very little, saying that he’ll learn key facts about foreign policy “when it’s appropriate.”
Oh, and he also claims that he saw crowds of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11, a claim that has been widely debunked.
2) He is racist, sexist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic.
Trump has suggested that immigrants from Mexicans are racist, accused Megyn Kelly of being on her period, and called to ban all Muslims, a population of 1.6 billion, from entering the United States. I hope I don’t have to explain why any of this is a bad thing.
He also accepted an endorsement from the KKK and then claimed he didn’t know what was wrong with that.
3) He completely lacks the character to be president.
Since declaring his candidacy alone, Trump has bullied and insulted everyone who has stood in his path. He’s mocked a disabled reporter, insulted Carly Fiorina’s appearance, said that Hillary Clinton “got schlonged” in an election, has cheered when fans of his beat up a Hispanic man, and talked about the size of his penis on stage.
Compared to Trump, every president we’ve had has been a Mormon Boy Scout by comparison. And that includes Johnson, who was crude and swore like a sailor in private but knew to dial it down in public.
Trump acts like a toddler and throws a tantrum whenever he doesn’t get his way. Do we really want a person who acts like this to be president?
4) He has a history of starting failed businesses.
Trump runs on one thing — a reputation of being a brilliant businessman. But it’s all spin. He’s filed for bankruptcy several times and more than a dozen of his businesses have failed. “Trump University” in particular is famous for being a scam.
Most tellingly, if he had just invested the money he inherited from his father instead of starting businesses, he would be worth TEN BILLION MORE than he’s worth today. http://www.moneytalksnews.com/why-youre-probably-better-investing-than-donald-trump/
I also highly suggest you read Mitt Romney’s speech about why Republicans should vote against Trump: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/04/us/politics/mitt-romney-speech.html
Now — Magdalena, I hope this has illuminated some things for you, and I hope you start to research on your own, not just believing what comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth. Unfortunately, there are a lot of Americans who don’t do the research and end up electing an idiot because “he tells it like it is” or “I’d like to have a beer with him.”
Very well said Kate. It’s been said ” You get the President you deserve ” and now is the time leading up to the general election to get active in making sure we don’t deserve Trump.
Thank you so much for writing an extensive response and for providing the sources. I will definitely get acquainted with all of them. As to the subject of free speech, I agree that the law doesn’t restrict it, but socially it is becoming less and less accepted to be able to voice your opinion on controversial subjects. The consequences are not served by the court, but by the members of society themselves (ostracisim, retaliation via hate speech, etc.). There are some groups of people that you just can’t criticise without being deemed “offensive” or “-phobic” of some sorts, even if you provide valid arguments – it’s just not politically correct. And one other thing: when it is possible to sue someone for libel, the difference between “libel” and “uncomfortable opinion” can become blurred and that’s an example of how propaganda can spread even in the countries with freedom of speech – still “free”, but not quite. That’s what I meant in my previous comment.
YES TO ALL OF THIS. The sad part is his supporters know ALL OF THIS yet they insist they need someone that “tells it like it is” – even though 71% of the things he says are in fact NOT IT.
Wow…you ARE on a bandwagon, aren’t you? Your tirade above says so much more about who you are than does every travel piece you have ever written. I am stunned by your intensity. This is getting a bit out of hand so goodbye.
Sorry once again that’s all propaganda you can’t really think our economy and military us in great shape? The people you reference are anti trump gave you listened to his foreign policy? No. The name calling from the left is much worse than his was it islamaphobic when Islam extremists took down the world trade centers killing 3000? when first told of david dukes support he disavowed right then I saw it live it’s not reported Hillary is endorsed by communist party. Is Hillary a commie? No. She is a crook and liar. I think it poetic that you guys talk so lovingly of the rules getting into other countries yet want our border porous. I don’t get it. I’m in the wrong spot I know. But the left is so rude and mean and vile that our country is going down quick Islamic nuts are embedded here with a high ranking one on hillaries arm and ear every day. Huma Abedeen. Check her out. Good luck try opening your hearts and minds. And don’t be surprised if we have a president Trump. All we need is love. Give peace a chance. John Lennon
Wow. The only thing I could add are the – what, are we up to, 14? women who are accusing Trump of sexual assault. I read the account from the then-12 year old girl, the one where his rape pre-trial is the 16th of December, and it is absolutely horrifying.
He is horrifying and I wonder at my husband’s deeply devout Catholic relatives who are so prudish you can’t say damn in front of them, but they will vote for a guy who advocates groping women publicly.
You know I’ve been pretty upset with you when you advised to buy one of the $200 packs, that you are being paid for selling and I can’t believe I did, because it was the most worthless material I have ever paid money for. But then I thought my fault, should have never went for it.
But now after this stupid post you’ve lost me completely.
First, I am not a Trump supporter, but he would definitely be better then Hilary or Bernie.
Second, you don’t leave your country, because you don’t like your president.
Third, some of you americans are so spoiled, you don’t even know how good you have it and how many people would chop their hand off to be american and to live there.
Fourth, the possession of the gun is one of the main rights americans have ever had. It is the best protection tool. If the guns are going to be band, there’s not going to be much of the protection from criminals, who will find the way to get guns anyway.
Fifth, how about all the White Americans being killed by Black Americans, and why does it always have to be racist. We are all people.
I sure hope Trump gets elected, so people who don’t want to happily live in amazing country America would leave!
Done following you. Good luck.
Elizaveta, as a Russian who now lives in Michigan, I feel like you could have offered a valuable perspective. But it’s hard for me to take a comment like this seriously. Still, you’re entitled to your opinion, and I thank you for sharing it.
Good luck. Just promise you’ll keep your guns away from your children in the future, because I’d hate to see your name in the headlines like this. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pro-gun-florida-mom-shot-4-year-old-son-article-1.2558180
But it’s hard for me to take a comment like this seriously. That’s all most Democrats can usually say. And I live in Michigan for a long time now and feel very blessed to be here. And I don’t think that guns should be banned just because some stupid woman left her loaded gun by her children.
Thanks for a nice comment though
I commend you so, so much for this post. Truly. I’ve considered the “silly” statement above seriously because I’m truly concerned of what would happen and these options (when chosen post-presidential election or for any other reason) are awesome.
You rock 🙂 thanks!
Americans.. so quick to flee… so hesitant to allow refugees fleeing worse in. 🙁
Great idea for a blog post – it seems the whole world is wondering whether Trump will be elected and thinking ‘oh shit’.
I actually did number 14! Fell in love with a kiwi – now I’m living in NZ!
Our son and his wife want to leave too, and they are liking New Zealand. Beautiful place from photos I’ve seen. We’re all every eddicated and useful ?
Haha, I did see a .jpg doing the rounds, but you converted it into an article!
We’ve had worse nightmares back home…I keep wondering if Trump is gonna prove superior!
Kate, thank you for using your position to speak out against Trump! Seriously.
I’d have to disagree with the Trump assessment here, Kate. Yes, Trump is a clown, but I wouldn’t really care a lot if he got elected.
Without getting into conspiracy theories, one thing you learn over time is that the presidential office isn’t that amenable to influence from the person that gets to win it, and a lot of the candidates learn very quickly that there are things they will never be able to do once they sit in the big chair. Whatever Trump says, I’m sure he’ll change his song once he gets elected. Just as Obama promised us big change and the most transparent administration ever, and is now chasing whistle-blowers and is pro-NSA, pro-surveillance, etc., and just as we did fine under a George Bush presidency, I think a Trump presidency would be one more run of the mill.
The other choices aren’t too great either–Bernie, the communist; or Hillary, the Wall Street puppet–, and I can’t say I’d vote for any of them either. Though the thought of Hillary winning probably horrifies me the most. Remembering that she represents the current business-as-usual political establishment and the people who bailed out the banks with our taxes and let them get away unpunished, makes the old Donald look not so bad in comparison.
You might wanna do some research on what communism is before you call Bernie one…he’s a lot of things, a communist is not one of them…
Often times I find the fact that travel blogs steer away from political discussions is a bit odd since, if someone is traveling to the country, we should really be aware of the various happenings in the country. So kudos to you for your opinion and this post. It’s your blog and you should share whatever you want. You also tied it directly to expat life which was a nice twist.
If he gets elected, I admit I might leave, but out of fear for my life. Things are getting scary here in some ways and I truly think we will end up having a civil war if he is elected president.
I have sadly decided to unsubscribe. I really enjoyed your blog, you have a real talent for this. I don’t like the political side of the blog. (I realize you probably don’t care). ? Good luck to you.
I find it so interesting that some people will be a loyal reader for months or years, then read one post they don’t agree with and decide, “It’s all over.” When that happens with other bloggers I follow, I just ignore the post I don’t like and stay a reader.
Same reason why I don’t cut off my leg if I get a mosquito bite.
I’m an American and Ive lived in both Australia and Canada, both are lovely safe places for me. Canada was much easier to meet and make friends for me.
Funny story, (since we’re talking politics) I was 7 months pregnant when I moved to Canada from Australia. At a birthing class, I was asked in front of the entire group if I just crossed the border to baby drop. You should have heard the gasps in the room. It really made me think about all the people who are accused of the same thing in the USA.
I love the political side of your blog and hope to see more posts like this in the future! And genuinely loved the content – this is a comprehensive list of ways to live outside the U.S., trump or no trump.
Sorry to say this…But you have escaped from America for several years, to live of “travel marketing” because as you said many times you do not like to have a boss and co-workers that you considered “nasty” you were sick of that way of life and decided to became “independent” but now you are judging people who consider the idea of moving abroad when the situation is getting bad not only because of Trump but also because they are sick of the American way of life. I do not support Trump as I do not support Hillary.
But I’m done following you, from the solo female independent travel expert you consider yourself there is nothing left since a long time. After all you live of the on line marketing, selling rubbish for the big companies. I was expecting you to improve your blog again but you became way too hypocrite.
What did I just read?
This is such a great post, it’s so easy to slag off the place you’re from (because this totally applies to the UK too) and check out of giving a shit – as they say, all that needs happen for evil (or Trump) to triumph is that good people stand by and do nothing!
I’m leaving for my RTW backpacking trip this October. I’ve told my family if Trump gets elected I’m not coming back. I think it will be so interesting to be abroad during the election.
A few thoughts (that don’t really matter bc I’m just a buzzed American girl drinking wine who had a shit day at work as a public defender not in NYC): Kate–I don’t think you’re a hypocrite, and I don’t think you should have to hide your political views on your personal blog. I also think you made a clear point when you announced that you think the folks reading travel blogs aren’t really the types that vote for Trump. I mean, CHEERS. And realistically, cheers that Cruz is also an unrealistic candidate (imho). Regardless, good on you for expressing your opinion. But about your snapchat account—I just wanna say thanks for being yourself. Sometimes I like your snaps, sometimes I’m like “meh, not so much right now” but overall, thank you because I will say I feel like you genuine. And what do I know I’m just a stupid public defender that got drunk on wine after a really bad day at work. But I’ve followed you for awhile, and I think it’s great to see someone’s real opinions in this type of forum. I read travel blogs because I wish I could travel more, but I think you give a lot more insight into yourself. My two cents that weren’t asked for? Keep doing both: travel + the bare you. It’s good stuff! I’ll shut up now.
Thank you so much, Kate! Hope you enjoyed that wine. 😉 I appreciate all your comments!
Ha! I love this post. I truly believe that a real traveler would never consider voting for Donald Trump, because a traveler can’t be xenophobic, or else why would they leave their country?? But some people prove me wrong. I just don’t know what goes on in their heads.