11 Reasons Why Every Red-Blooded Man Must Permanently Leave America


I don't like America. There, I said it. While I'm very grateful to this great country for accepting me as a piss poor immigrant in the late 1980s while the communist project called Soviet Union was collapsing, something about this country always rubbed me the wrong way.

For a long time, I couldn't understand what it was. After all, I was living in the richest country on the entire planet, a country that practically everyone in the world would give their right arm and leg for an opportunity to immigrate to. How can anything be wrong? Why would anyone want to escape it? What was wrong with me? This discomfort was like walking around with a little rock permanently lodged deep inside my shoe.

It was only after I began to travel (living two years in Brazil was the turning point), did I begin to understand that something was rotten in the State of The Land of The Free. What I ended up learning is that, contrary to popular belief, America isn’t the “best” country in the world due to its many problems and faults.

After living abroad for more than ten years, here are my main reasons why you should do the same:

1) You'll enjoy a more comfortable and affordable standard of living


One thing I realized during my travels is that the rest of the world is not some shit hole everyone claims it to be, but is incredibly developed, and, in many cases, simply easier to live than America. Here in Kiev, Ukraine, buying a prepaid simcard for my iPhone is $3 and that provides me with 1GB per month (compared to a $75 prepaid AT&T card that you can buy in JFK airport).

In Thailand, I hailed taxis that were furnished with extremely fast WiFi connections. China’s Facebook rival WeChat is miles ahead of its American counterpart; you can use the platform for anything from keeping in touch with your friends to playing games to sending and receiving money. Even Uber, the world’s highest-valued technology startup, recently lost its war for the Chinese market to a very capable homegrown competitor. (It ended up selling its Chinese unit).

Don't get me started on the immense value. In many parts of the world, you can easily live for as little as $1,000/month (often even half that). That includes everything. No, I’m not talking about spartan living such as camping in the woods and eating bananas all day. I’m talking about quality, well-functioning cities with solid infrastructure: Chiang Mai, Thailand; Medellin, Colombia; Vilnius, Lithuania, and many more.

2) You'll enjoy higher quality, healthier and better-tasting food


Whether you know this or not, an overwhelming majority of food in America is not “real”: it’s synthetically made. For instance, pretty much all corn that’s consumed in America is synthetic, and its derivative—high fructose corn syrup—is considered by many renowned scientists to be dangerous and even poisonous.

But one doesn’t need to be a scientist to know the difference between “plastic,” tasteless tomatoes and their genuine counterparts; all it takes is a quick trip abroad. I vividly recall that special time when I took a road trip to a small town outside Florence, Italy and tasted a sandwich stacked with mozzarella and fresh tomatoes.

The feeling my taste buds experienced cannot be put into words. Those tomatoes tasted like no tomatoes I’ve previously eaten before. Ever. They felt, well, flavorful. It was like my entire life before that moment was black and white and it suddenly turned vivid color. A year later, I tasted even better tomatoes while living in Vilnius, Lithuania. After that experience, I could no longer look at American tomatoes the same way; as far as I was concerned, they were as good as the plastic ones you see on the tables gracing the showrooms of furniture stores.

The bad news is that American (and other) agribusinesses are quickly colonizing the world. For example, here in Ukraine, a country that at one point fed the entire Soviet Union thanks to its lush farmlands, most of the food is rapidly becoming mass processed. So, if you want to taste real food, you must go abroad. Soon. Like, right now.

3) You'll speak your mind without being censored by the politically-correct thought police


The previous two reasons probably aren’t a surprise to many: everyone knows that America isn’t cheap (even if they don’t realize that they can get a better value elsewhere) and when it comes to food, people don’t care enough to change their habits. But there’s something else insidious that many people undoubtedly feel but can’t explain: political correctness.

Political correctness is a cultural construct that aims to reengineer human behavior to censor “offensive” or “might-be-possibly-taken-as-offensive” speech.

Not only does it censor “offensive” or “might-be-taken-as-offensive” speech, it also takes into the account the race and gender of the person who’s saying it, giving preference to people lower on the “racial or gender hierarchy.” For example, it’s much more forgiving for a black woman to say something offensive than for a white man. That’s because a white man is the highest on the racial/gender hierarchy (he’s a man and he’s white) than a black woman (she’s black and she’s a woman).

The problem with political correctness isn’t that it prevents racist or sexist remarks (direct discrimination is bad), but that it goes much, much further: it prioritizes the feelings of those who're lower in the racial/gender hierarchy at the expense of those who're above in the racial/gender hierarchy. It directly facilitates culture war.

This along with the inevitable shaming that occurs as punishment means that our society doesn’t really have freedom of speech that’s bestowed by the Constitution. It’s censorship, pure and simple. Where’s the freedom of speech if I can't say something that may inadvertently be taken as offense by someone else?

Political correctness is a luxury bestowed upon rich countries (mostly Anglo and Scandinavian). In the rest of the world, people can’t be bothered to be offended at minor things; they have far bigger problems, like earning an honest living and providing for their family.

When you leave America, you’ll experience much more authentic and honest human behavior that’ll undoubtedly take you some time getting used to, but will make you a more resilient and honest man, both with yourself and others around you.

4) You’ll no longer be shamed for who you are and your beliefs


Most societies around the world are structured according national identity. In Ukraine, almost everyone is Ukrainian. In Russia, almost everyone is Russian. In Brazil, almost everyone is Brazilian. In Thailand, almost everyone is Thai. Of course, that’s assuming a homogeneous society: everyone looks similar and speaks the native language.

A Russian woman who lives in Moscow doesn’t need to join some “women’s group” like march for “women’s rights” or a “coding camp for women” because she doesn’t feel that her rights are being infringed by men in any way. Yes, she’s the “weaker” sex, but she’s very comfortable with being the weaker sex—she’s proud of it. There’s little need for gender-based ideologies such as Feminism.

In America, there’s no such thing as a national identity. Every human being is essentially an atom: floating in space and fending for themselves. The result is a society that’s organized around inner-societal shaming. Women are shamed for being the “weaker sex.” They’re also shamed for slutty or feminist behavior. Men are shamed for being weak (beta), while constantly being made insecure by comparison to those who’re stronger (alpha).

Every element of American society is also strongly divided along ideological lines: liberal and conservative. Need proof? Pick a random person on the street—anyone—and there’s a good chance they’ll have very strong views concerning a specific ideology or a politician. That liberal barista in a New York Starbucks might spit in your coffee if she finds out you’ve voted for Donald Trump; that farmer in rural Iowa will chase you down the street with a manure fork if you praise Obamacare (universal healthcare).

While there are many other liberal democracies around the world, this “divide” isn’t so widespread in other countries where national identity is supreme over political or religious ideologies. I first experienced this in Brazil. Later, this was reinforced in Eastern European countries such as Russia and Ukraine. Here in Ukraine, most people don’t have an overwhelmingly strong opinion about politics one way or another.

5) You’ll meet less highly entitled and self-absorbed individuals


Political correctness breeds the victim mentality, and that directly leads to entitlement: the privilege to feel and behave like a victim and, therefore, be offended at pretty much anything that one can possibly and theoretically find offending. Essentially, it’s the feeling that you’re being oppressed by others by their mere existence, without them having to do anything that adversely affects you.

“I’m a woman and men are bigger and stronger, make more money on average, so therefore I’m the victim and I have every right to get offended at men.”

“I’m a transvestite and conservative white men have enacted laws that prevent me from going to the bathroom of my choice, so therefore I’m the victim and have every right to be offended.”

“I’m a woman who’s had terrible relationships with men all my life. Therefore all men are jerks, and I have every right to be offended at what they do or say.”

Entitlement is a big problem. Instead of feeling humble and open to understanding the world—and perhaps realizing that you’re the one who’s wrong and that every other person isn't conspiring against you. Entitlement prevents you from realizing that the problem is actually with yourself and not others.

Entitlement breeds selfishness. It gives you carte blanche to believe that you’re special, that your problems are truly unique to you only, that everyone should pay special attention to you, and that, consequently, everyone should sympathize and empathize with you. It makes you think that the world really does revolve around you.

Ultimately, entitlement is a barrier to self improvement and self actualization. Instead of prioritizing yourself to not care about trivial things and instead focusing on the bigger problems, problems that actually matter, problems that will make a real difference in your life, you artificially construct the “us vs. them” mentality in order to feel better about your trivial problems. Instead of digging yourself out of the proverbial rabbit hole, you’re digging yourself even deeper.

A society of entitled individuals is a society that can no longer function cohesively as a single unit. It’s a society that lacks empathy, mutual understanding, and spiritual growth.

While entitlement exists in countries all around the world, I’ve discovered that it’s mostly a factor in wealthy liberal societies that are infused with political-correctness instead of more traditional patriarchal societies.

6) You'll clear your mind of poisonous advertising and propaganda


Americans are exposed to ridiculous amount of advertising every waking second of their lives. That means that each one of us is constantly being told what to do. That’s done by manipulating our emotions in creative ways, so much so that we can no longer feel them without something else—without doing something extra: like buying that amazingly-smelling cologne or that super fast BMW. It's all done on a subconscious level; you're not even aware of what's going on.

Our emotions aren’t only manipulated—they’re also subverted. It’s no wonder that in highly developed countries such as America, many people are suffering from consumerism and neurosis. People don’t understand that happiness comes from within; not from maxing out your credit card bill on Black Friday or buying that 55th pair of shoes.

Mass marketing was invented in America and has gotten to a point where human beings aren’t viewed as actual, you know, human beings but as consumers whose only purpose in life is, you know, the consumption of products and services.

I’m always amazed at the sheer number of commercials whenever I return to America. On my last trip, I recall boarding a taxi at New York’s JFK airport, and being immediately pitched over the radio anything from low-rate mortgages to cheap insurance to special pills that “you should ask your doctor about.”

While the rest of the world relies on advertising to sell you stuff, it’s not nearly as penetrated in the developing countries as in the land where it was invented and gradually perfected over the subsequent years.

7) You’ll free yourself from the soul-destroying dog-eat-dog mentality


America is one of the few countries on the planet that rewards talent and skill above all else. Anyone, irrespective of religion, race, gender and ancestry, can come here and make it—provided they’re willing to work hard. Examples abound: movie stars like Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme came here with nothing but the clothes on their back and became extremely successful.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that American culture is inherently super competitive. Everyone is fending for themselves instead of cooperating. I was born in Ukraine, but there’s a difference between a Ukrainian (or Russian) in America and a Ukrainian in Ukraine (or Russian in Russia). The former are super competitive; the latter are much more down to earth and open to cooperation. My Mexican, Brazilian and Colombian friends who recently moved to America have noticed the same thing.

This super competitive mentality doesn’t exist in many other countries. When I lived in Brazil, I found the people super friendly and approachable. Same thing for people in Thailand, Indonesia and Lithuania. Even here in Ukraine, people treat each other as human beings instead of some competitor with whom one is vying for the same resources.

8) You’ll develop meaningful, deep and rewarding human relationships


Coming from an Eastern European background, I was used to having a couple of close friends whom I can call anytime and discuss any issues from making money to relationships. There’s even a famous Russian saying that when you’re having trouble with your wife, you show up at your neighbor with a bottle of vodka, and then discuss your problems well into the early morning.

In America, however, I noticed there’s a specialization when it comes to human relationships. Instead of a person having a couple of close friends, you have different people that serve different purposes. There’s a workout partner. There’s a running partner. There’s a business colleague. And then there’s a wingman with whom you go out to meet women.

One reason for such specialization is capitalism and the division of labor. Instead of asking a friend for relationship advice, you go to a therapist. Instead of asking a successful friend who runs a business for business advice, you go to a business consultant. Human connections are replaced by a consultant-client relationships. Advice becomes a service like any other.

I’m fortunate that, while I have plenty of acquaintances, I have about three close friends whom I trust and can solicit advice on all kinds of issues. I cherish their relationships more than anything. They're all non-American.

9) You'll stay ahead of the curve in the competitive global marketplaceGet_in_Touch_Shanghai_shanghai city_1620x672.jpg

If there’s anything that the current backlash to globalization has exposed is that there are actually two Americas: the haves and the have nots. The rich are thriving as a result of favorable capital and trade laws, while the poor are getting left behind because their wages are being slashed or their jobs are exported overseas altogether. While the richer are getting richer, the wages for the working class have remained stagnant since about the 1980s.

For the first time in more than 75 years, there are more young people living with their parents than renting their own apartments. That means that living standards are falling.

America is an expensive country. While people have a correspondingly nice salary, allowing them to afford a decent standard of living, in the big cities, the prices for living are so astronomically high that a well-paying professional needs another a roommate (or two) in order to make ends meet.

There’s also the astronomical cost of healthcare, one of the highest in the world, even when compared to other developed countries such as Canada and Australia. Having insurance may not really help: there’s a good chance that your deductible is too high, defeating its purpose in all but the most expensive cases.

While America is still a fantastic place to make money, its place in the world is gradually being eroded. Jobs are moving overseas. Asian tech companies are rivaling (and even overtaking) Silicon Valley firms. Many talented would-be immigrants (e.g., Indians, Chinese, Russians) are choosing to remain in their home countries instead of immigrating to America.

This means that next-generation technology will no longer be developed in America by immigrants, and, instead, this wealth will duly remain in their respective countries. Although this effect on American competitiveness won’t be noticeable immediately, it will gradually compound over the next years and decades.

10) You’ll be surrounded by beautiful feminine women who appreciate unapologetically masculine men


When I moved to Brazil, I experienced a complete culture shock: super masculine men aggressively approached women without any shame, and super feminine and sexy women actually appreciated and responded to such displays of brazen masculinity.

As someone who grew up in America, that kind of behavior not only made me uncomfortable, but I was pretty sure would also get me arrested in the bars and clubs of New York or San Francisco. Because in America, these things are different to such an extent that they’re confusing. Women are eschewing their feminine traits, and, men, feeling lost and confused, are letting go of their masculine traits. The result is a society that lacks the all important polarity. It’s a society where building and maintaining romantic relationships requires the constant intervention of a family psychologist.

If you’ve never experienced true femininity, then you’re in for a huge be culture shock. Don't worry, once the shock fades, you'll wonder how you've tolerated unfeminine and entitled women for so long.

11) You'll regain your long-lost masculinity


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These days, everyone seems to have an opinion of what “true” masculinity is all about. But as far as I'm concerned the definition is easy: it's when you can be bold, unapologetic, raw and resolutely go for what you want without being shamed for your behavior by others.

Unfortunately, behaving like an unapologetic man is all but impossible in countries with politically-correct ideologies; PC cultures are about conformity, not masculine/feminine polarity. PC cultures are inherently anti-masculine and anti-feminine.

Thankfully, there's still a world out there where men behave like men, women behave like women, and children are scared. It's a world outside America; a world outside the West. And you'll realize this the moment you step of the plane.

From temporary to permanent

In the beginning of my expat lifestyle, I’ve always thought that once the novelty of living in some exotic foreign country wears off, I’ll pack up and board the next flight back to New York.

But the more I’ve lived abroad, the more I've realized that there's nothing more permanent than temporary. Repatriating to America seems less and less of a possibility with each passing day. Maybe in a few years, I'll buy property here in Ukraine and finally settle down. Many of my foreign expat friends here in Kiev are planning to do just that.

Leaving America gives you an opportunity to discover a rapidly evolving world, a world where “the land of the free” is quickly getting eclipsed by other countries in value, stability, sanity and ease of life.

To be sure, America still has tremendous value. It’s the best country in the world to learn how to hustle and make money from nothing. Fortunately, you don’t need to live in America in order to make money hand over fist. Thanks to the Internet, one can live in one place while simultaneously marketing and selling an array of products and services to a group of people in another.

Once you taste the sweet nectar of what the world has to offer, I guarantee you that you’ll be cursing and kicking yourself for not having done it much, much sooner.

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Chris January 26, 2017 - 10:58 am

Good article. I’m 21 from America and couldn’t agree more. I lived in Australia for 10 months and even that was eye opening. I’m actually going on a 1 year hiatus from America in February so we’ll see if your prophecy is correct in regards to foreign lands.

James Maverick January 26, 2017 - 1:13 pm

Thanks Chris!

John Van Steinburg February 6, 2017 - 11:32 am

Wow, I have been reading your stuff for quite some time now and this article really hits the mark for me. In the near future I plan on starting a new life overseas. I am starting in Portugal but plan on following your blueprint and move as the mood strikes me. Your article stated so well what I have been thinking for a very long time.
Thank you, John

Katavasis January 26, 2017 - 11:54 am

Solid post!

USA was the epitomy of freedom and opportunity.The American Dream is still vividly remembered.

I believe,Holywood had a big role in Making America Seem Great(pun intended).
‘A distorted version of the American life,with LeoDiRichio and Naked Lawrence.In your local theaters’.
It is about ‘showing we are the best’ since the cold war.While it’s true in many ways,it made us think there is no other place like it.Nowhere better,every other option is inferior.

As you described,the Earth has so many cool places,beyond the 52 states.And since the internet,you can have all the benefits that a competitive and rich country offers you,without actually having to live there.

James Maverick January 26, 2017 - 1:14 pm

Good points, there, Katavasis.

Leo January 26, 2017 - 12:42 pm

Another great article. Your blog is one of the best blogs for men. Make money, be a digital nomad, enjoy freedom. Experience different things. This is what life is about.

Thanks for sharing James.

James Maverick January 26, 2017 - 1:15 pm

Thank you, Leo. I appreciate the kind words.

Ben January 26, 2017 - 12:54 pm

You forgot that Americans are on a tax leash (they are completely unaware of it until they actually try to live somewhere else on the long term: it is NOT currently possible thanks to the recent weaponization of old tax laws by the last administration with the FATCA provisions of the HIRE act of 2010. Even Russia and China signed on, there is nowhere to hide and the Obama administration made it harder to renounce). American citizens are shackled and are not aware that there government will even bill them if they need to be bailed out in a situation there are not responsible for.

James Maverick January 26, 2017 - 1:17 pm

That’s a great point, Ben. Most Americans are completely unaware of it.

Jim Benitez January 26, 2017 - 8:41 pm

James buddy,
Every sentence hit the nail squarly on the head my man..!! Keep up the great work.. This is amazingly inspiring and powerfully motivating..!! Can’t wait to hear or see you rip a new one into a numer of these “American” poiliticans or even the so many so called “motivational speakers” you find so much on the net. Perhaps like that “Tony Robbins” guy… I don’t know. But you, my friend, you good you… Yeah man, keep on keepin’ on… Thanks
Jim Benitez

James Maverick January 27, 2017 - 2:47 am

Thanks Jim!

Sergio January 27, 2017 - 1:35 am

Nice post like always, I’m heading to Kharkiv on May (from Alberta,Canada)and I’m not fluent in either Russian or Ukrainian .What’s ur opinion about the city and its night life?

James Maverick January 27, 2017 - 2:47 am

Thanks Sergio.

I’d advise learning Russian.

Brenda Moreno October 8, 2019 - 1:19 am

I would love to leave America for good
Just not sure where and how to get started

Craig January 27, 2017 - 2:17 am

# 12 outside of the US and some western white countries being a “heterosexual white male” isn’t usually a pejorative.

Masculine white men will reap some advantages from Trump’s victory but the overall jihad against white males will not diminish given the left’s control over education, Hollywood, the mainstream media and the giants of social media.

James Maverick January 27, 2017 - 2:20 am

That’s a good point, as well, Craig.

Sam January 27, 2017 - 9:17 am

Great article, James. Living in Toronto, I think all of those points still apply (maybe not as much the dog-eat-dog mentality as in the States, but it’s here nonetheless.)

A bit of a personal question; is there anything about living and working in the US that you miss compared to your current lifestyle?

James Maverick January 27, 2017 - 9:20 am

Mostly, the convenience of ordering from Amazon.

Vladimir Lerner January 27, 2017 - 9:39 am

A friend of mine emailed me this article. I could tell you put a lot of time and emphasis into writing this as it was long and thoughtful. Well done.

James Maverick January 27, 2017 - 9:43 am

Thanks Vladimir.

Anonymous age 74 January 28, 2017 - 12:23 am

I live in a small Third World mountain village in Mexico. My modest retirement income lets me live very well. I cannot even imagine living in the US again. I go back on family business a couple times a year, and think of it as Return To Hell.

James Maverick January 28, 2017 - 7:48 am

That’s awesome.

Jonathan Roseland January 28, 2017 - 9:44 am

Here’s a good reason to live be a digital nomad as young man and live in America as a middle aged man: Health

There’s a lot of anti-aging/Biohacking things that I’d really like to make a more regular part of my regime, which I will need to do if I want maintain my energy and vitality

Kiev and Medellin maybe rapidly catching up to US standards for Wifi speeds and cosmopolitan entertainment options but they are like 50 years behind the US for healthy lifestyle options.
For example; there’s a supplement that really helps my creativity that I really like. In the US it takes 4-7 days to arrive at your doorstep. But here in EE I’ve gone 6 months without it because International shipping/VAT taxes are so dysfunctional.

James Maverick January 28, 2017 - 10:20 am

Good stuff, Jonathan!

TS January 29, 2017 - 8:04 pm

In foreign countries, when you get into a fight… fight happens and you are back to square one or get a beer together. Worse case you may get stabbed.

In America, when you get into fight, Americans will cut off contact with you forever or even during mild argument, some snitch neighbor will call the cops. Let’s hope the guy isn’t armed either.

Difference that I noticed between America and overseas.

James Maverick January 30, 2017 - 7:51 am

That has been true in my experience. I wonder why that is.

Fred Collins January 30, 2017 - 9:00 pm

depends on the country and on the fight (outcomes and consequences can easily be far worse than in US, traditionally a tolerant place for low-level streetfights.

Uri Katsav February 6, 2017 - 11:22 am

My biggest problem with America is the horrendous lack of human contact. You basically live isolated in your work cubicle, your house and your car. And most of the contacts with other people, also women, tend to be hostile, on the defensive. I don’t know if this has always be the norm or just a product of the cultural degradation of the last 30 years, but I got fed up very quick.

James Maverick February 7, 2017 - 3:05 am

This is a fantastic point. I do hope to talk more about this in some future article.

Johny February 6, 2017 - 12:15 pm

1) Well, the prices are only so cheap, because the income is low. And also it doesn’t consequently mean that you get the same value for one hour of work. For you it just seems cheap, because you earn your money from Western people. Also, as you wrote in 9), when the wealth will remain in these countries, prices will rise.

2) That’s totally true. The more east you get, the better and more genuine tomatoes taste

3) For me political correctness is a highly debatable topic. What annoys me more is the censorship of swearing. In the home country of porn industry you can’t even say fuck on television. Or in every day life people say “shugar” instead of “shit”, wtf?!?

4) Sorry, but this is really bullshit. In Russia every year thousands of women die because of domestic violence. And now Duma voted for a new law to protect the offenders. So women rights are not infringed? Seriously?

Also as having Eastern European roots too I can tell you that especially in this regions men are shamed for being weak and not in Western societies.

Concerning political views, just go in some random village in the Bavarian woods… You often chose to live in big cities, so your view might be a bit biased. Go to the forgotten countryside where people burn down refugee homes or chase foreigners in the streets. Or now with the rise of right wing populism. There is no political peace in Europe.

6) This is the same almost everywhere in the world. Some markets in Africa are dominated by Maggi (why should you need this in African kitchen?!), in Pakistan Nestlé convinced people to buy their water instead of repairing the public water system and in Africa already in the 70ies mothers bought Nestlé milk powder to feed their babys instread of breastfeeding them, causing thousands of deaths.

7) And that’s the problem with Trump. He doesn’t strive for win-win situations.

8) And also superficial relationships

11) What you are describing is just the opposite of the US, which doesn’t make it better. People should not behave how others want them to do, but how they feel comfortable. Every character is different and can’t be pressed in a black and white schema.

I also see more reasons for not living in the US: payed education, gun violence, bs voting system, bad public transport, bad payment systems (who the fuck is still paying bills with checks?!), bad general knowledge of the people

James Maverick February 7, 2017 - 3:05 am

Great feedback. Thanks, Johnny.

Ches March 14, 2017 - 11:12 pm

It is not the local population of Europe that created the inhabitable NO-GOZONES especially Sweden (55+ areas), since these Islamic refugees came to Europe. – 80% of them are men of military age. But the media only show the minority women and children.

Johny March 15, 2017 - 7:44 am

This number is just totally wrong and is often spread by right wing populists. What is your reference? And btw. Germany took most of the refugees, but the only no go zones we have here are because of Nazis.

Ben Gunn February 6, 2017 - 1:17 pm

Nice piece on the US shame culture. Isn’t Ukraine pretty dangerous and unstable? Can the property be really secured under their law?

James Maverick February 7, 2017 - 3:05 am

Property is pretty secure here. You get a title to property and everything, which gov’t organizations must check for any issues.

There are a lot of reforms happening as Ukraine adapts to European norms.

Donovan February 6, 2017 - 1:37 pm

Great article James. Thanks for leading the way.

James Maverick February 7, 2017 - 3:01 am

Thanks Donovan!

Vinny February 6, 2017 - 5:08 pm

Hello James and everyone. I was wondering if there is no problem receiving social securities payments if you move abroad, even before retirement age. Also, what is this about having to pay U.S. taxes even if you live in another country?

Everything on the list was sounding pretty good until “super masculine men aggressively approached…” Yeah, I don’t need anyone aggressively approaching ME or anyone aggressive being around me. Macho men usually have a chip on their shoulders and are eager to intimidate, throw a punch, or try to take something from others. They’re usually not geniuses and don’t fathom the concept of cooperation or sacrificing something now for a better tomorrow. If I don’t have physical and mental security I ain’t got a thing.

James Maverick February 7, 2017 - 3:03 am

As a US citizen, you’re responsible on your worldwide income regardless where you’re physically living. Of course, you get some sort of deductions if you’re not physically in America.

As far as Social Security, I assume you should be eligible for it, although you’d probably need to talk to a tax attorney about that.

Point taken about being too aggressive. Too much of anything can be a bad thing. Generally speaking, I’ve found people to be very relaxed in the countries I’ve been living. They aren’t aggressive at all.

SB_686 February 9, 2017 - 12:54 pm

Not sure what you mean by “higher in the racial hierarchy” – it sounds like you’re pro white supremacy and don’t mind everyone else being oppressed, that’s kinda messed up.

James Maverick February 9, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Don’t be an idiot.

Edward February 9, 2017 - 6:43 pm

Great article! I might mention that for young Americans who cannot afford to travel/work abroad due to college debt(100k++), there are work-exchange programs around the world. So if you want to travel but don’t know how, or never had the chance in college, try WWOOFing, Workaway and Helpx.

From my personal experience WWOOFing allows you to travel to any place in the world, given that you have the time(1 week to several months). It’s very easy for me to fit WWOOFing into my IT technician job with maximum 2 weeks paid vacation, so I highly recommend it!

And might I shamelessly add, please check out my Youtube music channel dedicated to a Russian vocalist that past away: https://www.youtube.com/user/Gytu/featured

Johny February 9, 2017 - 7:02 pm

2 weeks vacation in an IT job?!

Kjerstin February 11, 2017 - 2:16 am

Completely agree!

Kjerstin February 11, 2017 - 2:27 am

Thank you for posting an article that resonates so much with me. I am European myself and have been living in America for sometime. While Im thankful for this opportunity, I’ve come to realize America really doesn’t have that high of a living standard on average. Out of all the “conflicts” I’ve ever had, over 90% of them have been with American women. On average, they are petty, superficial, and just plain mean at times. I am actually shocked at just how superficial they are and find it incredibly hard to be friends with them. Friendships in American don’t seem to be as deep and meaningful as they do in Europe. I do have a few good American friends, but these are anomalies and ironically enough, each have their own ties to non-American culture (as in one or both of their parents is from another part of the world). I am about to graduate from college (don’t even get me started on Sororities and Greek Life) and very much plan on moving back to my beloved Austria or Switzerland.
Thank you Mr. Maverick,
Kjerstin 🙂

James Maverick February 11, 2017 - 4:43 am

Thanks for your comment. There’s a lot of truth in it.

Andrew February 12, 2017 - 12:02 am

I see what you mean. Honestly I’ve lived in the United States my entire life. I’ve never once even set foot on the soil of another nation. I’d like to start traveling to other nations soon and see what it’s like there. It would be nice to live somewhere where I could actually survive and even thrive.
Truth be told everyone wanted to come here because they felt they could have a better life and opportunity but now many people are seeing that they can create opportunities in their own respective countries. No country is a Utopia but still there has to be something better then working 70 hours a week and coming home to a shitty apartment. James be glad you moved away when you did because it’s quickly getting worse and worse here. I have a friend who is a freaking GM at an auto company and he runs 3 stores and works all day and all night and he’s literally close to being homeless. I mean you know it’s bad when even people in upper management positions in companies are working overtime constantly and barely can even feed their families. People in this country are practically a few mere inches away from becoming indentured servants.
I definitely want to get out of this country as soon as I can. I’m currently learning Portuguese and Spanish as I plan on going to Latin America first. I’d like to go to Eastern Europe in the future as well. I would like to go to New Zealand as it’s a very beautiful country and I here the people are very friendly there.

James Maverick February 12, 2017 - 5:32 am

Good stuff, Andrew. Best of luck to you.

Marie July 2, 2017 - 2:33 am

Andrew, where do you live? The author talks about living in San Francisco and New York, well I’ve never been to NYC but I have been to San Francisco and the problem with both of these cities are Democrats imposing laws that weren’t there 30 years ago. The reason they cater to the rich is that it’s the rich who they need attract in order to support the socialist structure they have created.

Moving to the mid-west or the south will change a lot of your prospectives. Why people think that these large cities are America is beyond me. The elitist call us “fly over country” because they never come here. The people are nicer and the cost of living is lower. A person can easily raise a family on $35,000 to $40,000 here and I live in Illinois, not Chicago.

When people who work for large corporations in cities and then are sent to other parts of the country they are amazed at the lower cost of living. The house that would cost them $5,000 in mortgage in NYC or SF would roughly cost between $800 and $1200 a month.

To make these comments about women and living standards based on a couple of cities you’ve lived in are wrong. Instead of spending his time traveling to other countries maybe he should have explored the one who gave him a home and education.

The author mentioned China and the countries own industries rivals Facebook and Uber, well one of the reasons they can do it is because China doesn’t value trade secrets like American. By the way, I’ve noticed that your blogs are written in English, why aren’t you blogging in your host countries language? Oh yeah, it’s because of money, right!

Cez of eTramping February 24, 2017 - 1:13 am

Wow. Just, wow. Excellent post. I can’t really argue many of your points, enjoyed this possibly more than any blog post I’ve seen this year. (Or last)

James February 28, 2017 - 2:49 pm

Don’t worry y’all…Chill fellas…!We are seriously working at making America Inc Great Again! Y’all be trooping back like the biblical prodigal son.

Ernest March 11, 2017 - 9:16 am

In fact, there is a show that Tyler Perry had created. It is called “The Haves and the Have Nots”. I love and cannot get enough of it.

Once I have gone overseas, it seems that I have gone to Heaven. I have met angelic women, have eaten exotic but healthier food, and have visited amazing locales.

If an American man is so scared to go overseas, he needs to go. Then, he would no longer be scared or care what anyone else thinks anymore.

Ches Velo March 14, 2017 - 10:54 pm

This is so true. Though in my country Philippines, Its slowly becoming Westernized. Men are being demonized on TV left & right. I want to move somewhere more patriarchal like Korea or Japan.

Jeff June 5, 2017 - 4:07 am

I have been reading your material for quite some time and I’ve seen the shift in your writing to just being pro traveling and how you must get out and explore the world, discussing the great aspects traveling has to offer, of which I completely agree. I am an avid traveler and am currently living abroad. However, the more I travel, the longer I live abroad, the more I realize the quote: “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his own familiar pillow.” -Lin Yutang.

I feel like anything in life, it’s what you make of it. Same with travel, you can go and have a horrible experience in a country, and you’ve now developed an opinion on traveling to that country based off your experience. It sounds like my experience I have had in the U.S. is drastically different than yours. Just to address a few of your points.
-You’ll enjoy a more comfortable and affordable standard of living. I’ve seen if anything the opposite. I feel in Europe, more emphasis is placed on things other than housing and such. A lot of people I know overseas have a small little apartment and spend more of their money on going out and doing other things instead of a high rent bill, which isn’t a bad thing but I have just had a different experience. In the U.S. I have experienced a much better standard of living than overseas. The condos, houses, I’ve owned and lived in have been much more spacious and a higher standard of quality but again, it’s what you make of it.
-You’ll meet less highly entitled and self-absorbed individuals. I feel this might be based on your experience in California and NYC. Myself, having lived in Charlotte, N.C. and Fort Lauderdale, FL, I have a great circle of people that aren’t like that. Yes, you will encounter people like that, but just like you would overseas. I don’t feel the generalization that most in the U.S. is entitled fits here. I have met a pretty even amount of both in the U.S. and overseas.
-You’ll free yourself from the soul destroying dog eat dog mentality. I feel this is an aspect that in some cases truly made America what it is today. You described how the competitive environment as a negative aspect. I’m not sure if it’s because I was a Captain in Special Operations, and competition is what brought the best to rise to the top, or if it’s now my background in sales, that competition is what drives success. But either way, I feel competition is what drives a better product. with less competition, it breeds complacency. So I strongly disagree with the complacent mentality. The competitive aspect is if anything an advantage in the U.S. If you work harder, and are more competitive than others, you will climb higher. It’s why people like The Arnold was able to come and work his way to the top. I mean we could go for days discussing how the competitive spirit of someone made them work harder to become a better person to climb higher. I’ve yet to hear of a success story of a company or an individual who became less competitive and a little more complacent and still became a success.
-You’ll develop meaningful, deep and rewarding human relationships. Again, to a previous point, I think it’s based on your experiences. I’ve developed strong bonds with numerous people in the U.S. and haven’t had an issue developing meaningful relationships. I’ve done the same overseas as well but I don’t think one is different than the other. I think it’s what you make of it. Yes, some cities like NYC might be harder to develop a relationship like that but I’m also not generalizing NYC. It’s just what you make of it.
-You’ll regain your long lost masculinity. Not sure if it’s based off my experiences in Special Operations or what, but I feel in a lot of cases it’s the opposite. I feel masculinity is what you make of it and how you were raised. In a competitive environment of athletics, education, Special Operations, masculinity was something I don’t feel I’ve lost in the States or has been hampered by living in the states.
Maverick, all of this obviously is a matter of opinion. Your experiences in the U.S. has obviously led you to gain a distain for the states and more of a love in other countries. I respect it and value your opinion. As for me, I place an extreme amount of passion on traveling. My passion is Skydiving all over the world so I travel a lot in my sport, exploring everything this world has to offer. But I also do still love my country and love so many aspects of it. Maybe it’s because I have fought in Special Operations so I gained a deeper rooted patriotism for my country, who knows, but there are so many aspects I love about the states that you just really can’t get overseas. So while I love to travel and experience so much abroad, I also love coming home to a familiar pillow.

Marie July 2, 2017 - 2:52 am

Jeff, I totally agree with you. If I haven’t spent time in the Armed Forces perhaps, I wouldn’t love our country but I don’t. I had friends who were from NYC and since we were stationed in Ky, they talked about the area like most northerners do, however, they didn’t want to return to NYC. Once they realized what they could own on their salaries compared to NYC they stopped complaining about the south. The author isn’t trying to make a living off of the economies of these countries either. He’s single, therefore, he’s not raising a family either. His income comes from individuals from this country he hates. Granted what he says about San Francisco and NYC women are true but these are two cities out of hundreds in America. He hadn’t even traveled to other parts of the States let alone live there.

Grant Justice December 4, 2018 - 10:08 am

Wait, if you’re unapologetic and bold why do you have to leave the entire country just because some people want you to apologize for certain things? Not as bold or unapologetic as you pretend to be lol

Scott Biales January 11, 2019 - 10:25 pm

Grant, you just dont understand. My wife are American and after traveling for a couple years we came to this same realization, america is full of ignorant self obsessed and unhappy people.


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