It is finished, we can all breathe again and go back to our normal mundane routines. The underdog Donald Trump will be calling the White House “home” on January 20th. I am as shocked as you are, I never saw that one coming.
If that doesn’t sit well with you, don’t feel too bad. Many unhappy Americans are also looking for ways to exit the U S of A, so many in fact that it crashed this Canadian immigration site.
There are a few things to consider when departing from your homeland; How much checked baggage can you bring and how many miles can you distance yourself, per dollar spent. We are going to look at your options to get the furthest for your buck, which you may as well spend now.
If you are on the East Coast, you can Fly from New York City to Rome for only $187 one-way, of course. Tap Portugal, which will lay you over in Lisbon, has some great deals at the moment. Tap allows you to check one bag free of charge, weighing up to 50lbs. If you are going to be living in Europe, you should know that 50lbs equals roughly 23 kilos.
New York City to Rome is a brisk 4,260 miles away, it also happens to be six hours ahead of Washington D.C time. Italy will allow you to harbor yourself for 90 days visa-free. If you plan on living in “the boot” for the remaining 45 months of Donald’s first term, you’ll need to apply for a visa. (116 Euros and a bunch of paperwork). At $187 one-way to Rome, you are able to travel 22 miles per dollar, what a bargain! (try that in a car)
For the West Coasters in Cali, some of which are pushing for a CalExit, you can get out of there for dirt-cheap. Wow Airlines has one-way flights from San Francisco to Reykjavik, Iceland for $130. Iceland is a gorgeous country, as long as you can handle the cold. One thing to keep in mind, the city of San Francisco has over twice the residents of Iceland. If you are used to the city you may need some time to adjust not seeing people everywhere you look.
Wow Airlines is a great airline, I flew them back in May. I would definitely recommend them if you are trying to stretch your dollars and distance. For $130 you can travel 4,200 miles away, getting you 32 miles per dollar. That is a bargain until you account for the baggage fees, which you’ll likely have to encounter. Wow Airlines only includes hand luggage, so you are going to have to fork over your $$$ for a checked bag, about $70. Wow limits that checked bag to 20 kilos. (are you good at your lb to kg conversions yet?)
If you prefer to stay a stone’s-throw away, American Airlines has a nice deal if you are willing to burn a few miles. American has reduced mileage awards which help your points to stretch further. Depending on the month and the city, you can fly one-way for as few as 8,750 miles to, say, Montreal, Canada in November or January. AA will charge you $25 for a checked bag weighing up to 23 kgs. You must hold one of these Citi or Barclay credit cards to receive the 3,750 mile savings:
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World EliteTM MasterCard®
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Visa®
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® American Express®
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Select Visa®
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Select MasterCard®
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®
- AAdvantage® AviatorTM Silver World Elite MasterCard®
- AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red MasterCard®
- AAdvantage® AviatorTM Business MasterCard®
On a more serious note, we can all agree that travel helps us to better understand those outside of our social and economic circles. They say the more you travel the less you know. Safe travels!