For the majority of melanated people in America, November 9th is a day that won’t soon be forgotten. While most of us weren’t naive enough to believe racism was dead after President Obama was elected, we didn’t want to believe America would collectively take two steps back by electing the star of “The Apprentice” as it’s leader. Now that the reality has sunk in, many of us are imagining what the next four years could look like under a racist dictator.
For those uninterested in sticking around to find out, here are 7 places you could call home for awhile, that DON’T include moving to cold-ass Canada.
1. Belize City, Belize
This tropical paradise is appealing for a lot of reasons, but here a few to get you started: English is the national language; however, knowing Spanish is very helpful. There are a lot of melanated people, especially in Belize City, so you wont feel out of place. The government makes it relatively easy to start a business there. And most importantly you’re in for good weather all year long.
2. Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi has quickly become one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. With a strong economy, lively social scene and good weather; Nairobi is an underrated expat destination, especially for Black Americans. English is the primary language so that should help you make connections.
3. Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador can still be a great place to move, even if you’re not Julian Assange and aren’t worried about being extradited back to the US. With good food, low cost of living & legalized weed, it’s easy to vibe with people in Ecuador.
4. Medellin, Columbia
If you’re looking for somewhere with low cost-of-living, but still has many of the comforts you’re used to, then Medellin, Columbia could be the place for you. With solid public transportation, widespread WIFI & great weather, this South American gem is one you should really look into.
5. Accra, Ghana
If your reason for escaping is to reconnect with your roots and get away from the overt white supremacy in America, then add Ghana to your list. With Ghana’s “Right of Abode” program, you can apply for citizenship and find a new home where the president is not endorsed by the KKK.
6. Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand has quite a few places where you can live well for cheap. If you’re part of the digital nomad scene, then Thailand is ideal. It boasts inexpensive meals (as low as $3-5), a wealth of co-working spaces & amazing scenery. You can ride it out for four years here for the same amount as it costs to live in New York City.
7. Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Everyone comments on how beautiful Costa Rica is. With immense jungles, gorgeous beaches & amazing weather, who wouldn’t want to move here? Tamarindo, Costa Rica is a great destination for expats, with all your modern comforts like WiFi & sandy beaches. It can really offer you the break you need.
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