I’ll say it again, if the Republicans take the White House I’m going to leave the US. With that in mind, I have spent most of the past two days searching the internet for homes for sale worldwide. I’ve looked at chic condos on the beaches of Belize and 300 year old stone houses in France, all for about $50,000 US. Of course that French stone building has no electricity, no plumbing, and dirt floors, as I told H, they’re really cooool and for only $50,000 we would certainly have money to retrofit.
So where would you move to if you could live anywhere? I considered Canada, but, well, it’s Canada. I like the idea of living in a tropical climate, like Costa Rica or Belize. Unfortunately, as exotic as that would be, I think I would feel a part of the destruction of the rainforest. I looked at Iceland. Well it’s -50 on a good winter day, and if I didn’t have to go outside until spring, it might be ok. There were only three listings on the whole island and expensive compared to other places. I tried Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, but decided I didn’t want to live in the lands of the midnight sun. I perused listings in Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France. I considered Spain, Mexico and all of South America.
I think of all the places I looked at Australia looks the most promising. Of course, it is farthest away, but it seems real estate is not absurdly priced (at least by California standards), they speak the same language–more or less. As an American, it takes off a lot of the pressure if I don’t have to learn a new language. It’s much warmer than Denmark, dryer than Ireland, and newer than Italy. It might be an easier fit for an ex-pat wannabe.
I really don’t want to leave the US. I might complain about it, but I do like it here most of the time. What if I don’t like the food in another country? Unfortunately, If Mitt Romney wins, there may be no choice, because he will pound the last nail in the casket that is Middle Class, which is where I struggle to reside. Currently, with income that hasn’t kept up with inflation since the 90s, I’m now part of the Above The Poverty Line group, just eking by, like so many others.
So, what is the most popular place for escaping Americans?