7 Best Places in the World to Move to After the 2016 Presidential Election
Looking For a New Country to Call Home?
Does the thought of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump becoming president give you the heebee-jeebies? Neither candidate in the 2016 presidential election is particularly spectacular, although one may terrify you more than the other.
While there’s always talk about moving to another country if so-and-so is elected, where would you actually go? We’ve rounded up some of the world’s best cities to live in if you’re ready to revoke your citizenship come the results on November 8.
1. Vancouver, BC, Canada
While most Americans joke about moving to Canada during a particularly volatile election, it’s actually a legitimate choice if you pick the right city. Between all the major metropolitan areas in Canada, Vancouver is number one in terms of diversity, quality of living and natural beauty.
Some of the most beautiful parks and gardens are located in Vancouver along with Pacific Coast beaches. It’s also one of the warmer and wetter cities in Canada, making it comparable to American cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.
If you’re serious about becoming a canuck, you can determine your eligibility on their government’s website.
2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
With an average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit year round, Puerto Vallarta is a top contender for American expats. Similar to Hawaii in terms of latitude and climate, this Mexican beach town is about half the cost of living with much more old world charm.
Known for its palm tree-dotted beaches, vibrant nightlife and popular water sport activities, Puerto Vallarta is a subtropical paradise where you can easily party every night if you so desire. Mexico has a pretty generous Temporary Resident Visa program that allows you to live there for up to four years, provided you have the funds or work prospects to sustain yourself.
That’s just enough time to escape from American politics until a better candidate is voted into office. Make sure you look into how to get a visa before you start planning, though!
3. Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
A popular expat destination for retirees, Las Terrenas is a little beach town in northeast Dominican Republic. Primarily a tourism center due to its white sandy beaches and somewhat isolated locale, there are a number of local businesses run by foreigners who came for a visit and decided to stay.
Besides going to the beach, there’s tons of shopping, and outdoor activities such as hiking up to the Cascada El Limón, a waterfall about 30 minutes from Las Terrenas. The Dominican Republic recently put a fast track residency system in place that allows people who invest in businesses or property to become residents and even citizens in as little as one year.