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These are the 5 best places to wait out the next four years

Words: Lena Kouyoumdjian
Photography: Pixabay/Noel_Bauza

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History glorifies those who choose to fight. Those who put their necks on the line, who stand their ground, who refuse to see the glass as anything but half full. But what about those who accept what they cannot change, acknowledge that it’s all a bit much and take a satisfying AF midday nap? Shouldn’t they be glorified, too, for … bucking convention? 

If the current world climate has you feeling in need of a four-year-long midday nap, maybe it’s time to get off the grid for a bit. There’s no shame in hiding out until order is restored. Besides, you’re probably about to lose your health insurance, so what’s the risk?

Here are five excellent locations to wait out the next four years if you’re feeling like you need to escape the real world. 

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Northern Alaska
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If you’ve ever thought about going off the grid, and pictured what that might look like, your brain was probably showing you a slideshow of Northern Alaska. Lush, wild and full of animals, this is the place to buy a piece of land and live off of it. And, as you cook the wild salmon you caught earlier that day as the sun starts to set into a spectacular sunset, the CNN alerts on your phone will quickly fade to a distant memory.

sunset, mexico, tijuana

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Not just for the minors looking to party! Tijuana is the quintessential spot for anyone on the lam looking to hide in plain sight. But, the great thing about TJ is that you don’t have to give anything up, like, say, your big-city ways. In recent years, Tijuana has experienced what can only be called an art and food explosion, putting it on the map as a cultural destination. Plus, you’ll be sippin’ on margs when the U.S. finds itself faced with a tequila shortage.

Breitenbush Hot Springs
hot springs, relax, vacation

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Known by locals as simply “The Bush”, Breitenbush Hot Springs is a workers-owned resort about 60 miles away from the nearest metropolitan area. And it’s the perfect place to get away if your goal is to treat yourself. With geothermal hot springs, spiritual activities, and an emphasis on sustainability, you’ll be feeling restored, balanced, and ready to be an optimist again in no time. 

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denmark, travel, adventure

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Also known as Freetown, Christiana is located on a scenic borough of Copenhagen, Denmark. Once an old military base, it’s a self-governing town of about 850 people, and it’s a vibrant scene of people, art and anarchist spirit. And, since it was started as a social experiment, it’s a great place for sharing those progressive views that got you into so much trouble with Aunt Patty on Facebook. 

Greater World Community
earthship, house, escape, outdoors

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Ever heard of an earthship? Greater World Community is a complex of earthships: little homes nestled into the ground that are meant for off-the-grid living, with minimal reliance on public utilities or fossil fuels. Located in Taos, New Mexico, these houses let the stunning views take top billing, with unique interiors just under the earth’s surface. And, by erasing your carbon footprint, you get feel good about yourself for picking up some of the slack left by the EPA.

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