5 Countries to Move To if Donald Trump Wins 2016 (or Kanye West Wins 2020)
I am not a political person in the slightest. I have strong opinions, don’t get me wrong, but I just don’t buy into the whole election process or the hype about who the next candidate might be. I remember back in college I got my first ever Voter Registration card, and it stated “Unaffiliated”. That sounded about right. I never got another one after that… I guess the government finally lost me, and that’s perfectly fine by me 🙂 So far, 2016 has been an exceptionally unsettling year when it comes to politics, and in some ways it has actually managed to capture my attention. It appears that people all over this country are getting caught up in crazy antics and outrageous ideas, which has always worked fine in Hollywood, but for the next leader of our country?! Come ON! Did you know I saw spray painted on the side of a house that Donald Trump actually hates puppies?! Blasphemy! With such uncertainty ahead, I decided it would be best to create a list of possible places we could all move to if the US of A begins it’s ultimate implosion. I’ve kept the list small, and only included English speaking countries, but feel free to consider other destinations that might suit your fancy, and let me know how it goes!
1. Canada- this is an easy one, a simple drive for many of us. The country has so much to offer, and nobody ever seems to be too angry with the Canadians! It’s a great place for business, it has some of the most beautiful scenery, super friendly people, and of course, La Poutine!
2. England- with a well-established population of American expats, I’m certain you will settle quite comfortably in this English speaking European country. Big Ben, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, and Free Medical Care! Need I say more?
3. Australia- did you know that Australia has one of the lowest air pollution levels in the world? It also has what is considered one of the most efficient healthcare systems on Earth, plus kangaroos! You simply can’t go wrong relocating to the Land Down Under!
4. New Zealand- this island paradise offers a low population rate with lots of space, making the cost of land relatively cheap. It’s considered one of the best places for expats with kids, and with December falling during the summer months, we get to celebrate Christmas barbecuing out on the beach! That sounds like a tradition I could definitely adopt!
5. Switzerland- although Switzerland boasts FOUR national languages (German, French, Italian, and Romansh), English is an incredibly common language both spoken and understood by the natives. The standard of living is considered amongst the highest in the world, the tax rate is low, and the food is amazing! Who wouldn’t like cheese and wine melted together in a pot and then used for dipping bread into?!
*Expats/Travelers: leave a comment letting us know if there’s anywhere else you would recommend, and be sure to tell us why!
Get PAID to Travel!
Psst! Wanna know a secret? I’ll tell you: people all over the world are getting paid to travel, and they do NOT work in the travel industry!! That’s right! I have been one of those people not once, but twice, in my life. I actually got paid to explore parts of the world I may have never otherwise thought to visit! And when I say paid, I mean my plane ticket was paid for, my housing was paid for, and I even got a little extra to put towards my day to day transportation. “How” you ask? Continue reading
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Have you ever noticed how incredibly easy it is to travel once you get out of the US? Just get me to Europe, and I feel like the world is mine! There are so many cheap travel options, and so many unique places to choose from, it would be crazy to NOT visit at least a couple of countries while you’re overseas. Over the years, I have used EasyJet to get myself from place to place, and always for a fraction of the cost of a more typical airline. With destinations literally All over Europe, and even into parts of Africa and the Middle East, it’s an excellent way to explore your surroundings without breaking the bank. Continue reading
Moroccan Mint Tea
Autumn has finally arrived, and with the cooler weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to share with you this sweet and delicious drink from the Maghreb! A true Moroccan classic, the cup of tea has been welcomed at essentially every dining room table, and shared at every social gathering across the land, the floating bubbles letting us know that the kettle was raised high and the sugar and mint were well mixed as it was poured into the glass. (Check out my baby’s mad skills!) Friends and family gather together today with tea in hand, and perpetuate a tradition that has survived the ages. Continue reading
Hey! While you’re here, be sure to get a copy of Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” by clicking on the link below! His true story of building schools for girls in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan is an absolute must read, and one I recommend you take on your next journey.
Quite possibly the best travel gear I have ever used comes straight outta L.L.Bean! With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to stock up on outdoor essentials, luggage, and accessories. My all-time favorite is the “Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag”, which features a built-in hook, removable shower caddy, external side-zip storage pockets, and water-resistant fabric. Continue reading
Montréal- The Frenchest City on Earth
It’s true! I mean, everybody knows they speak French in certain parts of Canada, but really?! The polyglot in me was in sheer Heaven here! There must be something to say about the number of tourists who visit Paris every year, because I am serious when I say I heard more French, saw more French, and used more French in Montréal than I Ever have in Paris! It was simply awesome. The people are super friendly, and la Poutine is out of this world! Continue reading
Canadian comfort food at it’s finest. French fries, gravy, and cheese… you can never go wrong with that! One trip to Quebec, and I quickly discovered why this dish is so popular amongst the locals. After gorging myself on the stuff for three days straight, I came back determined to recreate this amazing treat in my own kitchen, and I did! I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it’s not hard! For the ambitious culinary gurus among us, feel free to whip up the following ingredients at home. I, on the other hand, am not ambitious, thus I did not make any of this from scratch. And I never will, because the taste was spot on! Bon appétit! Continue reading
Looking for a family friendly vacation a little closer to home? Northern California offers some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen (and I’m not just saying that because it’s my home state)! I’m always down for some good ol’ continental travel, and love what little effort it takes to cross state lines. Take a look at the fun my family and I have had touring the Golden State! Continue reading
Sight Seeing in the Grandest Country on Earth
The first time I ever stepped foot on Moroccan soil, it was love. An instantaneous, intense love that I can’t really even put into words. Sounds I had never before heard, smells I had never before smelled, sights I could have never conjured up, even in my wildest of dreams. I knew at that moment the sun would set more beautifully here, the breeze would blow most gently, and the colors would certainly have a vibrancy unlike anywhere else on Earth.
Years have gone by since my first encounter with Her Majesty, and my love grows more fondly with time. Come with me on a journey of the senses and take in the beauty that is… Morocco!
The Koutoubia Mosque of Marrakech is the largest and most famous mosque in the city. Continue reading
A definite crowd pleaser, or at least family pleaser in my home! I got this recipe from a friend who showed me all the tricks of the natives, and I have been making it ever since. One of the things I love most about “Poulet de la Guadeloupe” is that you can never seem to mess it up. This is very important for a person like me who has managed to mess up some pretty basic stuff in the kitchen (I once poured Coca-Cola into a recipe that called for “soda”)! You can literally change any measurement to fit your personal taste, and it always comes out perfectly. In fact, the first time I ever took a measuring spoon out of my drawer for this recipe was to post it online. If you love spicy, add a bit more hot sauce. Watching your salt intake? Try the sodium-free bouillon cubes. There’s a million ways to adjust it, but I’m sending you the most authentic version I could pull off in my American kitchen. Hope you like it! Continue reading