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Top 10 Safest and Possibly Best Countries for "Preppers" to Relocate to Outside the U.S.

Top 10 Safest Locations for Preppers to Relocate to Outside the United States

Could large parts of the U.S. become uninhabited following apocalyptic nuclear war? Yes. If you're not cut out for a major bug out, take a serious look at international moving beforehand.

Here are ten countries to consider moving to and why...

by Gerald Hedlund and Mark Lawrence, Copyright © SecretsofSurvival.com
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It's no secret that millions of people across the U.S. are worried.
They worry about their future, about their employment and income, children, safety, quality of life, and much more. During the most recent presidential election numerous celebrities claimed they'd leave if Donald Trump won the presidency. We all know where that led.

While the rich celebrities are out of touch with reality and tend to be spoiled brats with little redeeming qualities, real, hard working Americans see the writing on the wall. We know what's coming and that's why we prepare.

Preparedness leads to stronger survival skills and foresight

We prepare with stronger survival skills, backup plans, and foresight into the future. We've seen the increase of natural disasters and climatic weather events on a steady increase for many years. Who can dispute that? We hear the threats growing from the Middle East and would be foolish to think that Radical Islam is simply going to stop their desire to destroy everything the U.S. stands for. Anyone who thinks it's going to go away needs to get their heads out of the sand.

Threat of nukes, high level hacks, Islamic terrorism

Throw in all the threats of nuclear war coming from North Korea (and don't forget about Iran at one time estimated to be connected to 80% of the world's terrorism), coupled with dangerous hacking from the Russian and Chinese on all levels of U.S. infrastructure, and it's clear that we face multiple threats that could sink us (with or without Trump in the White House), and not just to the U.S.

Story of the Titanic: America's story?

We've compared the U.S. to the Titanic in recent years, the ship that the world was told was unsinkable. Realize this -- if the U.S. has already hit the iceberg, it doesn't matter who is the captain of the ship, Trump or not.

America's enemies aren't going away. Thanks to all that hacking by foreign governments, government spying, etc., etc., other superpowers in the world have the ability to sink us.

Attacks on the power grid, attacks on communications

They can attack our power grid for example, a loss of power leading to tens of millions of deaths in the first year alone (or the vast majority of the U.S. population say some experts on the threats to the grid, including EMP attack). What if these same foreign governments can interfere with communications from the White House that would give the order to U.S. ICBMs to launch retaliatory nukes at another country that had launched at us? Result: Their nukes strike. Ours never launch.

Today's life planning should include preparedness

Instead of thinking only about college, careers, or retirement, or where to take that next vacation, now is the time to instead think about being adequately prepared with a plan for moving before disaster strikes and survival skills for surviving a long term disaster. For others, and the focus of this article, now may be the time to consider 'getting out of Dodge while the gettins good' and, for many, that may mean finding good, safe, and reliable places to move to far from U.S.A..

Not everyone is cut out for a bug out

The fact is not everyone is cut out for a major bug out into wilderness or even just a remote town somewhere many miles distant. Bugging out successfully takes good health, resources and supplies, and a bit of ruggedness and even tactical know-how that some readers would rather not tackle.

Either choice should be something we should all be praying over, getting our lives right with God, so we know we are making the right decisions.

Top 10 Best and Safe Places Internationally for Americans to Consider Moving To Before SHTF

Here are the top 10 we have found for Americans looking to relocate internationally as a way to survive a potential Perfect Storm of events that could lead to the toppling of an empire.

Moving companies that work with local ports

Before we discuss each place for international moving and relocation on our list, please realize that international moving means working with licensed and insured movers who have port access in places like Seattle, Los Angeles, Florida, and even up into the New England states. In Seattle, WA, for example, moving companies like Careful Movers can move you to the Port of Seattle, and help you with your international move. You'll need to have your passports in place and thorough knowledge before hand of what you can move through the ports, what the shipping rates will be over the ocean, and then decide what avenue to take for your moving.

You might find that the cheapest way to move will be to sell or giveaway the vast majority of your belongings, and then move with only the bare essentials with a plan to purchase or lease new furniture and even transportation when you get to where you're going.

Falkland Islands

For those people in their 50s, 60s, or 70s, they probably remember hearing about the Falkland Islands in the 1980s. A British controlled territory in the southern portion of the Atlantic seaboard, the Falkland Islands remain under British control, but they've become much more self-sufficient in recent years.

The Falkland Islands are located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, some 400 miles from the South American mainland and 850 miles north of the Antarctic Circle. They are located between Latitude 51° and 53°S and Longitude 57° and 62°W; coincidentally, that is approximately the same latitude south as London is north.

Their main economic drive involves fishing, agriculture, and tourism. There has also been some exploratory drilling for oil that's been met with some success, so it's believed this could be a strong economic boost in the near future for the island nation.

The Falklands offer a number of benefits, most notably stability. With a large military presence from the British Empire (thanks to a failed insurgency from the 1980s), the Falkland Islands remain independent without any major threats to its residents or tourists.

Even though there's a large military presence here, the Brits are said to not be involved in local politics. Schooling here is solid and the cost of living index remains comfortable for the average person looking for a better alternative to living in the U.S.

Malta

Malta has been on many radars as a place to consider for relocation in recent years and it's really beginning to make some waves in the global perspective. The small nation is home to more people who are in long-term relationships. It's not clear as to why this is the case, but it offers a low cost of living and some quality employment opportunities. More than that, a majority of respondents to a survey stated they are completely delighted with their partner.

A major draw for Malta is that it offers plenty of wonderful leisure activities, especially for those with some strong financial means. While Costa Rica ranked at the top of one list for personal happiness, Malta comes in a close second.

When asked, more than half of people living in Malta planned to remain there for the rest of their life, which was considerably higher than the global average.

The climate in Malta is relatively mild, and the summers can get hot and humid. For those who lived most of their life in the northern portion of the U.S., this could be like moving the Southeast part of the country.

While safety isn't a major concern, some regions of the country are not as well kept or clean as others and this may be a deterrent for some. Cost of living is on the rise at the moment, but it still provides a great alternative to living in the U.S.

French Polynesia

A group of about 1,700 islands make up French Polynesia, located in the Pacific Ocean about halfway between California and Australia. While the total area, including water, is about the size of the European Union, land mass only consists of about 1,056 square miles, or slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island.

What many people find attractive about French Polynesia is the climate. Yes, it can be quite hot and humid here during their summer months (between November and March), but even then the average temperatures hover about 85 degrees F. The water temperatures get to be about 84-degrees F during that time period as well.

As far as crime is concerned, it's almost unheard of through many of these islands. Tahiti is the most commonly thought of island in French Polynesia, and also the most attractive to tourists.

Bora Bora, Moorea, and Huahine are commonly viewed as exceptional destinations. The nation has been under French control since the 19th century, but there has been a concerted effort in recent years to gain independence through economic development.

This makes it attractive for folks looking for a place to settle down and make their mark, and they get the added bonus of the tropical climate.

Australia

There are many people from the U.S. and beyond settling into Australia for a number of reasons. However, many of the same political issues that are currently plaguing the U.S. are beginning to filter down under.

One of the most attractive features of Australia is its incredible expanse of warm beaches and incredible (though dangerous) Outback. The climate in Australia can be relatively warm along the northern portion of the country, but winters in the south can be quite cold.

There is no shortage of recreational activities to enjoy in Australia and there's no real language barrier for Americans deciding to call this country home in the future. However, you will need to learn some of the interesting and unique dialect, such as 'barbie' for barbeque.

Population levels are considered relatively low in Australia, which is a benefit for many Americans who are looking to get away from a growing population boom in the U.S.

One thing that may concern some is the new gun ban that went into effect in the country a couple of years ago. As most ardent patriots and survivalists understand is that a citizenry that's disarmed allows its government too much control and power over it; one day that could be a bad thing.

Settling in near Melbourne or Queensland offers better safety than the rural outlying areas. The Outback can be potentially dangerous for those with little to no experience with unadulterated nature.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been a staple among men and women looking for a change of pace from the U.S. One of the main attractions for people moving to Costa Rica is the laid back attitude the entire country seems to have. In comparison to the U.S.'s 'rat race,' this pura vida, which literally means 'pure life.'

This means most people here in Costa Rica have a relaxed and casual attitude about almost everything, including delivering the mail, restoring power when it goes out, or trying to accomplish any goal within the government.

Most people initially find this new attitude refreshing, but when you want things done on a schedule, it's going to be incredibly frustrating. It also means you're not going to find the infrastructure here in the best of conditions. Then again, if you're from New York, Chicago, or just about any other major city in the U.S., you might even think Costa Rica's infrastructure is better.

Because it's a tropical climate, you may be in awe of the incredible surroundings, the jungle atmosphere, foliage, volcanoes (hopefully which stay quiet), and incredible scenery just about everywhere throughout this country. Of course, that also means some serious insects that are probably the size of small dogs or cats back in the states. There's not much you can do about this, but if you're okay with it, then settle in and enjoy life.

As far as safety is concerned, it's the safest Central American country next to Nicaragua as far as violent crimes, but if you leave your home unattended too long, it will probably get broken into. Pickpockets target tourists and new people to the country frequently.

However, there are ways to prepare and protect yourself against these kinds of crimes and when you do, it'll be a fun place to live.

New Zealand

If safety is your biggest concern, then New Zealand is a place to live. It's one of the safest nations in the entire world, but there is a drawback; it's far away from almost everything.

To go anywhere outside of this nation, you need to either cruise on a boat for a long, long trip or fly. Those are your basic options. This usually isn't a big problem for many, but after what we witnessed in the U.S. after 9/11, when air travel is stopped, you could very well be stranded, at least until flights resume.

The scenery in New Zealand is often described as breathtaking, but it doesn't have much in the way of historic buildings. While it doesn't have a great number of people living there (about 4.5 million for a country about the size of Great Britain), this can be nice but there isn't a great deal of public transportation and housing isn't the best.

Job opportunities are limited, but for someone working remotely (online), that wouldn't be an issue, either. Cost of living is decent, but not the best.

All in all, New Zealand would make a great option for any American who's living with the belief that America has probably hit the iceberg and may go the way of the Titanic. Her sins are piled high to Heaven, as many evangelicals claim. God may be about to take action to upset America's status in the world and the U.S. may go the way of the ancient Roman Empire, lost to the ash heap of history. If you do go to New Zealand, you may want to stay away from the city of Christchurch, which has been hit with severe and destructive earthquakes in recent years. Some evangelicals even claim that these earthquakes that have rocked Christchurch, New Zealand are a sign. Whatever it is, maybe it is a bit more than coincidental.

Canada

Canada remains a strong beacon for people seeking benefits coupled with a beautiful country. There are some issues to be aware of, however, before looking to Canada.

Yes, it has universal health care coverage and free public education, but nothing is free; the tax rate in Canada can be high, especially for those earning more than the average citizen. Also, if you enjoy city living, get ready to pay a premium for it, with real estate prices continuing to spiral upwards, almost out of control in Toronto, Quebec, and even Calgary.

If you're interested in avoiding the harsh winter (at least in comparison to the U.S. in many spots), focus on the shoreline. Vancouver and Newfoundland can offer some respite from the seemingly endless winter cold that strikes inland more harshly, but does offer pleasant summers in many of these places that endure winter cold.

Newfoundland has been dealing with the effects of a depressed real estate market for some time and that means you could get some good deals on real estate if you relocate here. Just remember that jobs may be sparse in this part of Canada.

Schools are considered good, health care is good, and quality of life is often reported as being higher than in most other nations throughout the world.

Ecuador

Ecuador has been on the leading edge of people looking for a great place to live. While it's beginning to show signs of slowing down and losing ground against other nations on the list, it's still a strong alternative to living in the U.S. during uncertain times.

Ecuador offers a strong working abroad index, ranking 30th out of 67 countries, which is way down from where it was just a couple of short years ago. Job security is what's holding back Ecuador from another top finish to many rankings.

A big part of the problem here is that few see the economic climate in Ecuador as being very positive.

Another major problem for this Central American country is safety. It had ranked much higher in previous years, but only 22% of people calling this nation home feel very safe here now.

One thing that makes Ecuador an appealing place to live is that it's relatively easy to settle in and become comfortable. More than one fourth of people surveyed felt very happy about their decision to live in Ecuador, which is about 10 percentage points higher than it is for the rest of the world when asked about their home country.

Ecuador, as with several other Latin American countries, does have some safety issues, most notably cartels that kidnap children or other family members for ransom. So, life here definitely calls for being able to blend in so that you don't stand out as a Westerner -- having some kind of Hispanic heritage could be an asset, as well as a strong grasp of Spanish.

Just remember that avoiding some of the less populated regions and focusing more on the major cities where people tend to settle down can provide more safety, as long as you practice situational awareness and staying away from areas where criminals target tourists. Making and developing friendships, even marrying into a local family, with trustworthy citizens can be assets to living long term and not coming on to the radar of kidnappers in a few less populated areas.

Spain

Spain is only second to Taiwan (Taiwan isn't on our list due to it's close proximity to communist China) when it comes to overall contentment of foreigners calling a nation other than their original one home. Spain is an ideal location for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its incredible climate and when you plant yourself closer to the coast, miles upon miles of incredible sandy beaches.

Spain is a member of the EU and while that may cause concern for some people, it hasn't dealt with some of the same issues plaguing other parts of the European Union. Politically speaking, it has a tendency to keep a low profile and doesn't attract too much unwanted attention.

As with most places around the world you need to know where to live in a particular country. If you have children or plan to raise a family, Basque Country ranks highest in education in the country with Extremadura and Ceuta ranking lowest.

As far as safety is concerned, Basque Country ranks highest and Ceuta lowest. In fact, Ceuta, which borders Morocco, has issues with reported terrorist cells recruiting for ISIS and other organizations in Iraq and Syria.

Opportunities exist in Spain for skilled foreign workers in engineering, language teachers, and skilled trade, as all of these are currently in high demand.

Czech Republic

First off, since the EU formed, the Czech Republic has been on a boom economically. Housing is at a premium and is often more expensive for foreigners. However, it's a rich and diverse culture that is ideal for those seeking history, culture, and rich architecture.

You're nowhere near the sea in the Czech Republic, so if you enjoy the beach, this might not be the place for you. However, there's a lot to do here and incredible outdoor hiking and other places to visit.

Crime is relatively low, but you'll want to protect your wallet as there's a rise in pickpockets in recent years. Salaries for work here are great, but you'll have to contend with a lot of government bureaucracy.

It's also not easy to get a driver's license in the Czech Republic, but public transportation is cheap and reliable; you simply need to be aware that many taxi drivers try to take advantage of foreigners who aren't familiar with the area.

If you're looking for alternatives to uncertain times ahead in the U.S., there are plenty of great options to consider.

A dynamic President, but the same destiny?

As much as supporters and the rest of us appreciate Trump and his strong words for helping make America great again (who wouldn't want that?), if the U.S. has enemies in the world, and it does, then only time will tell how these U.S. enemies will react. Don't be fooled; if massive hacking is taking place, and it is, then potential scenarios where massive hacks attack U.S. infrastructure must be considered, and we should be prepared for that, whether it's to the power grid or goes beyond the grid and includes White House communications with the military.

Hacking defenses are too little, too late

Trump's plans to bolster America's defenses to hacks are an essential step for a world superpower to take in the modern day. But it may be too late. Only time will tell just how much foreign governments have learned about essential U.S. operations from the thousands of hacks reported to have taken place and still taking place.

Not being prepared is asking for trouble

Are you prepared? You'll find many articles on SecretsofSurvival.com that detail essential survival gear you can prepare your family with, survival skills you can pursue in your spare time, and several other important paths to take for surviving and even thriving should the U.S. become unsafe to live in the years ahead.

Conclusion

Maybe you'll choose to bug out. Maybe you'll bug in and do just fine instead.

Or maybe you'll decide that a sunny beach in Costa Rica or a rugged Canadian coastal town or the Falkland Islands or even French Polynesia could be a better place to wait out the coming storm ahead.

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