Well it’s been 2 weeks since the U.S. election and in less than 2 months, America’s president-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as America’s 45th President of the United States. Whether you were looking for your way out of the states the night of the election by being one of the contributors to the crashing of Canada’s immigration website or requesting a brochure for information about teaching English abroad, or you are just now evaluating your options for moving out of the US, here are some places that may be best for your escape.
The Marshall Islands or The Federated States of Micronesia
Not taking the territories or minor outlying islands of the Untied States, there are three associated states of the United States (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau), two of which do not require a visa for U.S. citizens, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. In addition to no visa requirements, U.S. citizens can stay for an unlimited amount of time in both countries. Located in the Pacific Ocean, these places appear to be paradise. You don’t even need to exchange your money, as the U.S. dollar is the local currency. The only negative is that unfortunately the the US tested 67 nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands in the 40’s and 50’s and the health effects of these tests still linger on the islands. Palau is the third associated state of the United States, although they don’t offer unlimited stay for United States citizens, you still don’t need a visa to go there and you can stay for up to one year.
Looking for a chillier location for your escape from the U.S.? Try Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The Immigration Act does not apply Svalbard, so anyone can decide to settle there without a visa or work permit. With under 3,000 people, there may be only select job opportunities if your looking for permanent settlement and it may be difficult living in working without knowledge of Norwegian, but Svalbard certainly looks like a beautiful option! Even if you aren’t looking to move to Svalbard permanently, several flights from Oslo or Tromsø, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard are available for an affordable price on Norwegian Airlines.
Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, or South Korea
Working holiday visas are great ways to spend some time abroad. There are some age and financial restrictions, so make sure to do your research beforehand. Typically these types of visas will allow an individual to live and work within a certain country for up to 12 months. Check out “The American’s Guide to Working Holiday Visas” from GoOverseas.com for more information on working holiday visas! Even if you are not an American, the immigration websites for Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and Ireland will help you with finding all the information you need.
Anywhere Needing Native English Teachers
Many people find their way outside of the United States through teaching English abroad. Native English speakers are in high demand all over the world, especially those with teaching certifications and/or bachelor’s degrees. International TEFL Academy is the best place to start if you are looking to teach English abroad. They have great information on their website but talking with an advisor can really help you see how you can change your life (and students’ lives) through teaching English abroad. Additionally, for those looking to teach English abroad in Europe, check out the Central European Teaching Program which helps to place teachers within Hungary.
Whether you’re looking to leave the U.S. permanently or just looking for a new adventure, the world is waiting. Get out and go see, live, and experience something amazing.
Article by Megan K. Lethbridge
November 22, 2016