With the U.S. Presidential Election for 2016 well underway and November still several months off, we have endless name-calling, flip flopping, and political commercials to look forward to this year. It’s been rather entertaining, so far! But, all jokes aside, this year’s election does have many US citizens a bit worried. Some are already vowing to leave if they don’t like the outcome, a NY Daily News article details. If you don’t quite think you can part with your stars and stripes, but your fave candidate loses to your worst nightmare, why not plan a relaxing escape? Get away for a long weekend, a week—or even two—to get far away from the political pandemonium of Super Tuesdays, televised debates, and big egos. By the time you’re back home, you’ll be totally ready to take on the next four years.
Located on the East Coast, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia might be the most welcoming to US citizens this election season. The island has publicly declared Americans are welcome if they aren’t too pleased with the presidential outcome. Regardless of who wins, Cape Breton makes for an appealing escape from the U.S. As Nova Scotia’s northernmost area, Cape Breton boasts an end of the world feel. Its main selling point is Cape Breton Highlands National Park, reachable by way of the Cabot Trail, a winding coastal road with wild and dramatic vistas. Cape Breton also has plenty of hiking trails to get away from the political noise.
The Austrian capital has already become a favorite destination for American expats. It’s easy to see why with its grand palaces, regal parks, and rich museum scene. Vienna is a destination to be savored, so plan to hang out for at least a week or two. There is perhaps no better way to recover from the outcome of the election than burying your face in a large slice of Sachertorte, the city’s iconic dark chocolate cake, or tuning out the political pundits by taking in an opera at the grand State Opera.
If you’re sick of politicians acting like animals, you can go see some real animals in this remote archipelago of 19 volcanic islands. The Galapagos Islands boast animals found nowhere else on the planet. Sprinkled in the Pacific, you can snorkel with sea turtles and sea lions, or unwind on a postcard-worthy beach. While you’re in Ecuador, you might find some appeal to staying awhile. The country frequently claims some of the happiest people in the world, and boasts one of the best costs of living. As a result, many Americans have flown south to make a home in Ecuador.
When you need to escape the outcome of the US election, simply head to the other side of the world. Throughout many parts of the US, you’ll find the farthest destination from home to be Mauritius. You literally can’t get any further from the political pandemonium than this island nation! Located in the Southern Indian Ocean and some 17,000 miles from Chicago, the former French colony proves ideal for forgetting about political woes while sinking your toes in its sparkling sands. Even better, you can air your frustrations with the US political situation underwater. Mauritius is a major hub for scuba and snorkeling, as it’s encircled by the world’s longest unbroken coral reef.
When the election is over and the winning candidate makes you want to crawl into a hole for the next four years, you can do just that in Vietnam’s Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage site is perhaps most notable for its caves. The park hosts more than 300 caves and grottoes. One of the most famous is the Son Doong Cave. Measuring 5.5 miles long, it’s the largest cave in the world. It includes both a jungle and a river. Tour companies rappel guests down to its caverns that could fit a 40-story building within its walls.
Election season in the US begins early and can sting long after the last ballots have been cast. If your choice doesn’t pull through and you need to get away for a quick recharge, these corners of the globe provide just the right amount of seclusion and relaxation to get you ready for the next four years.
Where would you escape if your candidate lost the election? Share your pick with us in the comments below.