79860411Regardless of what those disgruntled Republicans say, scores of Americans believe that President Obama and his administration are doing their best to save this sinking ship called the U. S. of A. Despite their efforts, a continually growing deficit, and dollar on the decline, it appears as though we’re heading, en masse, towards trying times of unprecedented proportions. By no means do we advocate that the USA is not worth saving, alas, it’s hard not to fantasize about jumping ship from time to time. For those of you who indulge in this guilty pleasure, dig the following points that may justify your desire to evacuate:

  • The dollar ain’t worth ish. At this point, you may be better off getting a simple job abroad, like teaching English for example. In this economy, you’ll most likely be in a position to support your family back on the mainland, and even have enough left to take regular vacations.
  • Our experience in this country has always been a stressful one. Fleeing the US may a be a great idea for those of you who are sick of American-styled discrimination and seek to exist far away from the distinctly rigid social structure that stems from the American slave system.
  • Education is always the first to be hit by rough financial times, so if you have, or are planning to have children, they stand a better chance of receiving a decent education outside of the US – and may end up mutli-lingual in the process.
  • The fact that many Americans seriously considered Sarah Palin qualified to act as Vice President have left many fully prepared to run for the hills.
  • For those of you who are uninsured (or under-insured), imagine a day where if you were to accidentally cut yourself, and the first thought in your mind wouldn’t revolve around whether you can afford to have your severed finger sewed back onto your hand? Many countries actually view medical services a human service – not a for-profit business.
  • For the singles, this could be your moment to stand out from the crowd. As an expat, you’ll carry an edge of exoticism that’s bound to add volume to your dating life. That is, unless, you choose to live in an area where Americans are widely detested.
  • Practically speaking, there are several areas of the world that are actually experiencing huge economic upturns, China being one of them. With the right business strategy, spending a few productive years in select developing regions can yield favorable financial results.
  • Living abroad is an excellent way to broaden your mind and scope of experiences. Talk to anyone who’s spent a significant time out of the US and they will tell you that by immersing yourself in a new culture, you may grow in ways in which you never thought possible.

A growing number of Americans from all backgrounds are making their homes outside the boundaries of the United States. It’s no easy task to enculturate oneself into an unfamiliar environment, as it is no small feat to thrive in a country in facing such socio-economic turmoil. There are no clear answers – all any of can do is hold on tight, have faith, and continue to forge on.

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  • Jst1BlckMn

    To Afrika maybe ?

  • Zoe

    Both my parents did it. They felt America is too stressful and now they’re living it up in West Africa.

  • TicToc

    Those that comment on racism in Europe do forget one vital thing: The cultural diffferences between, say, a Germany and an Italy are way bigger than the difference between F.I. California and Ohio, even when Germany and Italy lie geographically much closer than the mentioned American states.Europe still has clrearly defined borders between countries. Ignoring it is a mistake that, sadly, many Americans make and it gives a skewed vision of ” Europe” as a whole. Europe is not a mega-state, but a conglommerate of smaller countries with very distinct differences in culture. It is only a Union in the financial sense.

    Italy is Notorious in Europe for it’s racism, The Netherlands, Danmark, Sweden, Norway are known for their liberal look on “race” and their well-run wellfare and healthcare schemes ,yet are notorious for their fear of people of the Muslim faith(I know from experience,I am no muslim, but I happen to live in Northern Europe). France is racist to the umpteenth degree towards North-Africans & muslem and is acting just plain conceited towards the rest of Europe….So, not exactly “Xenophobic” but “Religio- or Islamo-phobic” A very important difference, that must be seen in the light of very secular societies, that have a long, painful, history of bloodshed in the name of religion, so Europeans as a whole are very wary of religion in any shape or form.

    Being “colored/black/mixed/whatever” doesn’t mean a whole lot, but being a muslim very much does.

    Racism towards blacks does exist, but not to the institutionalized extend it does in The States.(no “race” tick-box on any form or document)

    Advise: When travelling Europe(Please dodespite expensive Euro’s), try more than 2 closely aligned countries and especially do not skip the odd little countries like Andorra, Monaco, Belgium or The Netherlands. It’ll give a whole new spectrum of experiences and a million differences to ponder..

  • Jay Digital

    As a follow up to this article I would like to see a piece detailing how one would go about making the move to another country. Speak on the legal steps and career decisions that need to made to turn the dream into reality.

    Thanks for the piece. Like many others who have commented this has been on my mind for the past few months.