‘The greatest irony in modern America may well be that while argument and discord prevail in the edifice of American Democracy, the best and most thoughtful citizens have already left the building.’
JOHN WENNERSTEN, Leaving America: The New Expatriate Generation
‘My life used to suck,’ John Midas confesses on Liberty. Me.
‘I was a libertarian who was debating everyone I met, trying to convince people about the horrors of the current system. After years of fighting, winning tiny battles and losing the way, I figured that it was hopeless. So I decided to try something new.
‘I went abroad.’
Yesterday, we talked a bit about medical tourism. And all the ways to sidestep the flailing healthcare system in the U. S.
Today, we’re going to take those ideas a step further: Getting out.
If you’re unsatisfied with what’s happening in America, the most American thing you can do is leave. This nation’s very foundation was built on the backs of explorers. Pioneers, in search of a better life.
When times got hairy, they struck the dangerous seas and desolate lands in search for new soil and new opportunity.
Today… making it to new land is the easiest it’s ever been. And living and working from wherever you want isn’t a pipedream – it’s a reality for millions of people all over the world.
‘To those who have not tried living for years abroad,’ says Midas, ‘I can, from the top of my intellect, strongly recommend it.
‘The strategy has been working for hundreds of thousands of years, and those who use it wisely have harvested an abundant life.’
It’s a rising trend we’ve been tracking closely. And it’s one, we suspect, will only continue to accelerate. More and more Americans are bugging out in pursuit of greener pastures. Not just in America, either: According to UN Statistics, nearly 215 million people lived outside their home country in 2011.
In 2013, according to one Forbes article, the total number of American expats alone shot up 221% in only two years. And if I had to guess, I’d say that number is flying through the roof as you read this.
Each expat has his or her own reasoning for exiting his or her home country. And each reason is equally valid. If nothing more than that it’s a conscious choice on behalf of the exiter.
Take one expat, an American woman living in France. She runs a blog called Becoming Madame. Her reason for leaving is something I think we can all relate to at some point in our lives: ‘I felt an unexplainable void and an indescribable need for new air, new scenery, new people, new everything. And to be quite honest I didn’t want any part of the life that I had – even if it meant giving up a lucrative career, a fianc, a long-lost love, and my family. I was prepared to start all over again, which is the single most important part of an adventure like the one I’m on. You have to be willing to start again from the beginning.’
This post was published at Laissez Faire on May 8, 2015.