|11-08-2012, 07:45 AM||Topic Starter|
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Would you ever move to another country because of election results?
Yea, we hear people threaten to do it all the time based on politics.......but would you ever do it if "your guy" didnt win an election?
Or is it mostly just talk? Would you ever do it? Have you done it?
Been hearing more stories lately of people wanting to do it.....
7 great international destinations for sulking over the election
Vancouver, British Columbia, has everything you want in a political redoubt: surprisingly moderate weather, great food, terrific local transportation, easy access to reporting on your former country, and the forbearance of the local populace. You're on an ocean, but close to mountain skiing. There are palm trees in a charming downtown and enough precipitation to rain on whatever parade you thought your guy deserved. Thanks to a huge influx of Asians in the last three decades, Vancouver is used to political exiles too. Best of all, you're less than a three-hour drive from Seattle for that inevitable day when you realize you may have overreacted to the results of the 2012 elections.
Brazilian-born Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) cofounder and billionaire Eduardo Saverin renounced his U.S. citizenship last year and now lives in Singapore. Everything works in Singapore, and the city is quite clean and orderly. The food is outstanding, thanks to a melting pot of Asian cultures and a wealthy society that can afford to import great chefs from around the world. Cultural attractions are on the skimpy side, but Singapore Airlines has a terrific reputation and can get you anywhere you want to go. Another benefit of Singapore for the mopey American political outcast: The country's ruling elite doesn't actually allow much in terms of politics or dissent. Don't think: Just do what the government says and you'll be fine.
Sure, the economy is melting down, but that only means it's time to take your American dollars and make a killing on down-market Greek real estate. Buy yourself an idyllic Mediterranean island on the cheap, or find yourself a perfect apartment overlooking the Acropolis. Weather? Good. Culture and history? Amazing. Food? Wonderful. Future? Greece will probably survive only by exiting the euro and reinstating the drachma. And, if you're going to flee the country, why not relocate to a place where you can use a currency as archaic as the drachma?
If you've never been to Shanghai, let me describe it this way: Three New Yorks all mashed together and all of them seemingly built in the last 20 years. You surely know that Shanghai is culturally trendy: Part of the new James Bond flick Skyfall is set there. So was Looper, Mission Impossible: 3, and even the most recent Transformers movie. My bet is that Shanghai will be the city of art, culture, and architecture for the next 20 or 30 years thanks to China's growing wealth. Besides spectacular "juicy buns" (soup dumplings to us Occidentals), Shanghai also has wonderful restaurants of all ethnic and continental descriptions. And since you're leaving America to escape politics, Shanghai fits the bill nicely. After all, the Communist Party makes all of the leadership decisions. You don't have a say, thus you've nothing to worry about.
Everyone from film director John Huston to Campbell Soup heir John Dorrance renounced their U.S. citizenship to move to Ireland. Dublin is a hub for ex-pats from around the world, and while Glocca Morra is fictional, Ireland still offers hundreds of pastoral villages with little brooks that leap and willow trees that weep. It's true that the Celtic economy is in the tank and Dublin is one of the world's most expensive places to live, but the Guinness is fresh and the Irish really do love Americans.
Anywhere in Australia would do for disgruntled American political exiles, of course, but Sydney is the nexus of all that is Australian good: food, culture, the arts, architecture, lifestyle—you name it. There are dozens of stunning Pacific Ocean and harbor beaches that you can use year-round. Sydneysiders have a great coffee culture, are generally receptive to Americans, and we mostly speak the same language. Best of all, Australians are comfortable in their own skins, and the brutal local political landscape is nearly unrecognizable to a demoralized American political exile.
There are dozens of perfectly valid reasons to pull up political stakes and move to the Eternal City: the food, the history, the climate (except for the hot and muggy summers), two fiercely competitive football (soccer) teams, and a culture that stresses la dolce vita instead of a work-yourself-to-death dedication. Besides, Italy's faltering economy means there are finally some real-estate bargains in a town where you'll probably need to pay cash for an apartment because mortgages (subprime or otherwise) are hard to come by. But the biggest attraction of Rome? You get all of the benefits of being in a national capital without having to worry one whit about the politics of it all. Not even Romans take Italian politics seriously, so why should you?