How do you evacuate with wealth on your person in a manageable form without getting yourself robbed/killed after SHTF? Are there lessons we can learn here from Venezuela?
Well, protecting “wealth” was not exactly something I had to worry about. I had a little set aside in savings, yes, but that was gone in a blink. I didn’t have silver, much less gold to take abroad with me. But having gone through a communist-style post guard and learning about the hundreds of stories where those guys ransacked wealthy passengers dumb enough to flash their shiny jewelry in the nose of those guys, I can provide some advice.
The first thing you need to know is that customs at the border will be brutal.
Laws at the border can be and will be enforced. The ruling mafia issued “laws” that “allow” them (against our Constitution, which guarantees private property) to imprison someone because of “strategic materials trafficking,” or whatever their conception of that means. For those of you living in democratic countries, this may sound exaggerated. It’s not. I’m being forgiving with my descriptions here.
People have been in trouble with the NGs because of wearing a large amount of jewelry. Even though it’s private property, the loose term “strategic materials” was coined by the communist invaders to give the uniforms in charge the “justification” to rob people blind. Of course, these “materials” NEVER end in the country’s pockets, but in the uniforms’. Your choices were to surrender your goods or go to jail. The world just looked to the other side as this happened in Venezuela, while in Ukraine, all kinds of military support are being sent. This is the sort of thing Venezuelans have been dealing with for a long time. You won’t find anyone in the streets with a gold watch or brand-name designer shoes. The only ones who can afford that belong in the mafia.
That being said, if, God forbid, you are in need to flee away from your homeland someday, there is a lot of planning to do.
But what sort of scenarios can cause one to realize they need to flee to safety?
- Businesses start to shut down one after another, and suddenly your job is at risk or lost without hope.
- If you are a business owner, and income starts going south while expenses go up.
- Inflation rises beyond expectations.
- Freezing bank accounts over a determinate amount. Trust me, governments will seize people’s money without any concern in a heartbeat. If you believe this is not true, and cannot happen in your country, then why are you reading this in the first place? Just read this little reminder from Greece.
- Society starts to show signs of turmoil and unrest: looting, shootings, and increasing levels of violence.
All of this has been seen to some degree but can present anytime, and to an extension, that would make it very hard to manage, and the lack of control can escalate fast.
The concept of diversification.
This has been quite important in my own prepping process. Basically, don’t put your eggs in the same basket. By doing so, you reduce the risk of losing everything if things go the wrong way. Easier said than done, isn’t it? That’s why you need to dedicate time to study and research to this topic.
Now let us consider the following items, should you need to evacuate with enough resources to start over somewhere else. Oh, and I speak from experience here: choose your destination wisely, do your homework, and select two or three good options before deciding on one.
Ultimately, though, you can narrow your decisions down to two broad groups:
- Location – Are you fleeing away? To where?
- Where you are going to put your money?
- Offshore accounts/trusts
- Precious metals
- Gear, tools, and equipment
- Art and collectible items
Get a patch of land to go to in a country you choose.
Owning a safe haven abroad outside of your current country’s borders is a very interesting and desirable step towards protection against SHTF. Unless things get really ugly, and unless you bought a McMansion instead of a good, comfortable but modest house, suited to the normal standards without too much flamboyant stuff and (maybe) built an underground facility for (ahem) “wine and cheese,” foreigners should be reasonably safe in most countries.
It’s not the same telling the customs officers “I’m here for a short vacation,” as it is smiling and saying, “We are just heading down to our vacation home.” By going the vacation home route, it means you trust in their country, that you bring money with you, that you’re going to invest, and that you won’t be a burden nor another mouth to feed for the government they work so hard for. In some countries, you can find a nice hacienda for little money, so why don’t you go old school all the way and put some valuables there?
Oh, and of course, the land itself has always been a traditional means to preserve wealth.
(Check out our free QUICKSTART Guide on emergency evacuations as you think over this subject.)
Open an offshore bank account in the country you choose
If you have enough wealth to protect, opening an offshore trust is going to be a need. Countries like Belize, Saint Kitt-Nevis, and other similar ones offer good advantages in this regard. There are several options here, as usual, but this is one of the most appealing. You don’t need to move any money physically, and the important steps can be done online if you want. Their governments offer some degree of protection for this capital, too.
Make sure you know the laws for doing this before you do something illegal, though.
Physical gold and silver
Let’s face it: traveling between countries with physical valuables like gold is a very risky business. And even these little tricks have their caveats. I can say, as a metallurgist, using rhodium or physical platinum will fulfill your needs here for a dense, easily transportable means of wealth.
In every country, you could find where to exchange these precious metals for cash. I know, because back in the worst of the crisis, merchants were eager to get their hands on all the certified precious metals they could find. Usually, no questions were asked and one would be paid in local currency. An advantage of things like rhodium is…well, it is not gold, and most people won’t even know what it is for, nor where to sell it. And as you’ve done your research previously, you will have already contacted someone in your destination that could be interested, given the case.
Just as a side comment, if you are evacuating a disaster area within your own country, there is a LOT of places you can conceal 1 gram gold bars (just be creative, they are small and flat enough) or a few silver ounces. Krugerrands are universally accepted, too, and they can come in several sizes suitable for concealing. This is not an ideal means to evacuate with money. If you’re crossing borders…well, anything can happen.
No matter how well hidden you believe some gold coins can be, a scanner will find them, and then you will be in serious trouble. Just make sure to read and understand every law concerning the possession of precious metals and bringing them with you into the country.
This being said, there is a historical fact that we can’t avoid: the hyperinflation of the Weimar Republic did not move people towards using gold. The system used was bartering! This takes to one of the next items to consider: gear and equipment.
Gear and equipment
This should be considered part of your strategy, as well. I take it as a diversification means: gear is income-generation tools. Woodworking tools, a CNC machine, a rotary lathe – these are all money-holding tools. Anything that allows you to generate some income belongs to this classification.
A special comment here. Even if the internet goes down sometime in the future, there are economically efficient ways to sell and purchase basic products, supplies, and staples, like a local or even regional level radio packet BBS. This is “old” technology that was rapidly displaced by the almighty internet, but personally, I find it quite useful if (or when) a severe disaster happens and the internet is shut down for a while.
I don’t know how likely that scenario is, but after 2020, I’d rather invest a little time and maybe throw in some resources to get the electronics and such I need sooner rather than later. With this, we can set up a bartering network via HAM, no matter the country you’re in, as long as you hold a HAM license. That will be further explained in the future, though.
Art and collectibles
Without being a specialist, I can say this would be a good method to store wealth. Artwork will usually increase in value over time. However, you’ll have to figure out how to get this into your final destination of choice. A friend of a friend here used this strategy successfully.
She would buy pieces by local artists and would add them to her luggage. The airfare and amount for the artwork would be paid by the buyer at her end destination. She was the mule. A couple of sculptures, and mostly paintings out of their frames were her primary means of doing this.
Papers: Funds, bonds, stocks
The risk with these is the same that with every other security printed on paper. It could be incredibly valuable…or not. My knowledge of financial issues is quite limited, but experience and common sense tell me not to invest too much in this sort of value unless you know what you’re doing. You should never invest money you can’t afford to lose, as well, so take that as a guideline.
Nowadays, we have the means to store a good amount of wealth digitally. However, before getting into this, do your own research. You don’t need an IT degree, but cryptocurrency can seem relatively complex at the very beginning, and it deserves your time and attention. Just don’t be scared about the mechanics involved. You can buy them now with your debit card online, just like you make a payment in some of those wonderful systems we use, and the amount will appear in a few minutes in your cryptowallet.
Many places now accept them as a payment means, and their usage is quickly spreading. There are plenty of currencies, but as usual, stick to the most popular and well-known: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Cardano. Just read a little, and you will be able to decide what you want to put your money into.
The advantages to protecting a good amount of money, though, are good enough. In a package the size of a thumb drive, you can store millions of whatever currency you want. Cryptos are very likely to go up in value just because they were created with the purpose of substituting an ancient fiat currency system and designed to become scarcer on time. The negative part is, you’re going to NEED the Internet infrastructure to work, obviously.
I have to mention one unexpected wealth storage means – vehicles.
I know people here that have invested in several vehicles, using just one as a daily driver, and storing the others. Low mileage is key, and usually, these “investment” cars were sold like warm arepas, especially after the brand new car assembly facilities closed.
What are your thoughts on how to evacuate with wealth?
I truly hope you find this useful, and as usual, I hope as well that you never find yourselves in need. That if you decide to flee away, it will be for your own will and pleasure, not because you´re forced to.
Thanks for your support, and remember,
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Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has an old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Jose and his younger kid are currently back in Venezuela, after the intention of setting up a new life in another country didn’t go well. The SARSCOV2 re-shaped the labor market and South American economy so he decided to give it a try to homestead in the mountains, and make a living as best as possible. But this time in his own land, and surrounded by family, friends and acquaintances, with all the gear and equipment collected, as the initial plan was.
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More useless information for whats coming to America. The day of the next false flag with the stolen nuke from 2007 and blamed on Iran is the day America will be nuked and invaded by Russia, China and the whole SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of the chemtrails sprayed every day globally for thirty years hiding the approaching red Planet X. Planet X caused the sinking of Atlantis and Noah’s flood. This time around it will end WW3 when it rips North America into thirds, erupts Yellowstone super volcano and kills 5/6 of the 200 million SCO invaders. By then 90% of Americans (the real Israelites) will be dead by then. All planned by the criminal bastard governments and their evil alien masters. Execute the criminal bastard governments very soon or die in WW3!
I respectfully disagree. Actually this has been `very useful information´ for 99,9% of real-life crises. It´s not fantasy nor doom and gloom, it´s based on history and reality.
Realisticaly, there isn´t much us common people can do to prepare for a meteor the size of Manhattan hitting earth, or a full-scale nuclear exchange.
I´m not saying do nothing, just that these have never happened, so we can only speculate. A nuclear economic collapse on the other hand is a mathematical certainty at this point. You can print and call me on that.
And there´s a lot that can be done in that case to mitigate the effects on us and our families.
It´s unnerving to read that a fellow living in South America sees the nuclear warfare as a tangible possibility. I just can hope that our area can escape unharmed, and we can endure the possible hordes of starving refugees.
Hi Jose, sorry, I didn’t get your meaning. Can you please expand?
You mentioned a nuclear economic collapse; that´s something that not many of my acquaintances down here are foreseeing as a possibility. Jeez, they don´t even talk about the possibility of these cronies having these sort of weapons hidden somewhere down here. See my point?
As you find the website so useless, it’s quite interesting that you seem to comment on nearly every article. Perhaps your time would be better spent on some more useful online destination.
Wishing you the very best!
I was in a real funk today. I had a disturbing conversation with a close family friend who is an executive with a big five bank specializing in overseas LOC lending…
Then I got home and read the RP’s latest post! Dude, like magic, your posts always appear when I’m needing a laugh and you never disappoint! I do sincerely thank you for your timely and predictably funny warnings.
Red Planet X!!!
Well, my “prophecies” (no pun intended. LOL) were quite accurate regarding the collapse of our economy (I did knew it already by 2012) and the pandemics (just missed like 10 or 15 years, it came too early).
If you consider that opening an offshore account just in case is “useless” because the WW3 will generate a giant eruption…
Who am I to say you´re wrong? 🙂
Thanks for your comment! it was very eye-opening.
A few weeks ago on TOP some commenter wrote about disguising precious metals, making clothes hangers out of platinum to pass security checks undisturbed. That was clever, and provides a clue to a variety of methods a motivated smuggler can employ to beat the Man at his own game.
There are metal detectors at security checks almost anywhere these days, so you better have a pretty good trick if you are trying to smuggle any precious metals. This said, my experience has been that while carrying anything even slightly suspicious on a plane will get caught (I got confiscated a couple of mildly inappropriate items on airport security checks), if you are leaving on a ferry the security is a lot more lax. Not that I’ve ever tried to smuggle anything illegal.
You´re right. That´s why the laws of our destination (and even our own country exiting ones with PM) shall be studied first.
Part of the challenge these days is doing your homework on possible countries of destination to learn whether they are currently just as oppressive (or likely to soon become that way, or worse) as the country that you’re considering leaving. For many centuries up through the 1900s there was the option of bailing out of most countries where a central banking fiat currency counterfeiting monopoly could be left behind for some country with honest money. The internet made possible for the first time in world history the possibility of digital money, whether created, regulated or abused by governments. It also made possible money substitutes by individuals with crypto currencies to do an end run around central banking purchasing power thefts doing counterfeiting of fiat money.
But such central banks in collusion with governments are casting their greedy eyes on cryptos that they can issue, control, and abuse while trying to make decentralized cryptos as inconvenient, taxable, or illegal as possible. Communist China is leading the way in flat-out prohibiting non-government cryptos there while their central banking monopoly gears up for a centrally controlled monopoly. This is in the middle of the global war to convert as many nations as possible into totally digital cashless economies where individuals have zero privacy, and zero rights to purchase or sell goods or services which displease the governments, central banks or oligarchs pulling their strings.
One tiny example of this was recently in response to El Salvador authorizing the use of Bitcoin as a legal alternate currency, the IMF communicated their extreme displeasure to the president of El Salvador and threatened punishment. At the same time, Biden’s SEC has been assigned the job of structuring regulations to control cryptos even before a US government-blessed digital currency will be created. Even the FBI has already announced a virtual projects section to go after what will be defined as crypto crime perpetrators.
There are some foreign countries that link their local money to the US dollar. When the US dollar goes all digital, the likelihood of pressure on those cooperating countries will likely be extreme to get them to conform. So where does that leave someone in trying to find a less oppressive destination country with some governmental monetary criminal prospects in the offing?
For the last couple of years for example it has been possible for anyone living in the US to take advantage of a UK-based Mastercard system that lets the card holder pay in US dollars which is backed by holdings of physical gold in Switzerland. The question then is at the point when US dollars go all digital … how will the glintpay.com based charge card system be changed to comply — or be shut down?
Diversification. A couple rolls of $100 bills, silver dimes or quarters in the old “prison wallet” (in a condom, of course). Gold jewelry painted to look like costume jewelry. Use an online password manager, put the passwords to all your banks, etc. in there, as well as every other website you normally would use for email, connections, and references. Crypto wallets are usually run on a 12 or 16 word phrase, put the phrase in the password manager in a manner that only you know, maybe change a word that will make it useless and you only have to remember that single word, or change a couple… Once you get to your destination, you can get into your password manager and gain access to your banks, stock market accounts, crypto wallet, contacts, etc. You could even do it with a newly created gmail or yahoo email account, just make sure there’s some kind of code only you know for the valuable accounts. Caution. Make sure the password manager or email doesn’t require you to authenticate with an email or phone you no longer have access to.
The advice about property in a foreign country is good. You can make several trips with smaller amounts of valuables, and store them at your property. Also having property or a trusted person (family) in your country of origin can be good to store (or bury) your valuables that you can’t move out of country. A lot of times people end up coming back home. It would be good to have something to return to.
Thanks Mr. Nudd! As a person who did exactly that (the returning part) I see my message was clear. Hopefully there will be no need for many of us to apply such extreme measures. Stay tuned! 🙂
Okay Jose, I’ll go with the fact that this is both logical and pertinent advice. But my question, or comment, on this is very simple. WHERE do you go? When you are talking about national or even regional issues it always assumes that there is someplace to evacuate too. Like with the Ukraine right now, people are heading to Poland as refugees, with the thought that it is stable, and that they will either make a new life there, or eventually return to their country of origin when things “settle down”.
There has, always, in the past been an outside location where things are “normal”, where precious metals or artwork have a value in a stable fiat currency. A place outside the borders of the present conflict, or crisis, that has the ability to produce the required essentials for the population, and can provide aid through various international organizations.
Right now, “first world countries” are in just about as much trouble as anyone else – maybe more, because their populations are not as resourceful or as self reliant as many third world countries. Mr. Biden’s “American Rescue Plan”, and before that his “Build Back Better” are just facades. They are an excuse to keep printing money at an unprecedented rate in an attempt to keep the economy, and the banks, and the stock market, and , and, and……..from collapsing. If any of these things collapse, artwork, precious metals, fiat currency, or crypto will not have any real value. These things only have value in a situation where they can be traded/bartered for basic needs. A starving man will not sell you his last can of beans, no matter how much gold or silver you offer him. All of these may be a way to protect and store your wealth for the long term, when things get back to “normal” but they won’t necessarily save you in the short term if things do, in fact, go sideways.
“WHERE do you go?”
that will change. viable destinations may become unviable overnight.
due to various factors, there´s always some places that will fare better than others, even during global crises. That´s why migration (and especially mass migration) becomes an issue when SHTF.
And, I´d argue the first world is in trouble more from being accustomed to stablity and a much higher standard of living, than not being used to hardship. That´s my opinion, anyway.
Both are related, but there are significant distinctions and this matters.
Oh, I agree with that comment. But it also makes it much easier for them to go sideways. People, because of that standard of living, have very few skills that will be applicable in a SHTF situation. (Including the skill of being able to handle the hardships). This makes for a situation where social unrest, riots and looting are much more likely. You are much more likely to see our society break down faster over less because of these deficiencies.
Just as an example: I met with, and spent a few hours talking with a fellow Prepper a couple weeks ago. He and his wife have been “hard core” preppers for over a decade, by his own admission. They have a remote cabin. He has started, ran and subsequently sold several companies, and seems to be “comfortable” financially. He has read all the books, and followed all of the theories, and is convinced that we are headed for SHTF. He has, at this point, purchased four firearms – because that’s what all the experts advise. BUT! He doesn’t know how to strip or clean those firearms. They haven’t, as yet, been fired. He has never killed or dressed an animal. He does not know how to garden, or raise a crop. He has never saddled or ridden a horse. He no mechanical knowledge of how to keep a vehicle running, other than filling it with gas, and getting the mechanic to change the oil. In a SHTF scenario all of his business and research skills will mean absolutely nothing. AND that is why I personally believe that first world countries are much closer to falling than many of the second, and third world countries out there – we have specialized/compartmentalized our skills to a very limited scope in our present society – and have made our present society much more fragile along the way.
Jeez, dude. I certainly could provide some assistance to that fellow in some areas. Too bad I don´t like cold weather. LOL.
Getting guns and not learning to use them are a ticket for disaster: an accident without anyone nearby to assist you, and you´re toasted. This man and family should probably go to a range and hire someone ASAP, and shoot until this feels like 2nd nature. I´m tempted to start training kiddo with a bow, as getting defense tools is impossible these days down here.
Talking seriously, you´re probably right. Most of the people from Venezuela I see complaining in the Social Media don´t have a clue about how hard is to raise a laying hen; or a rabbit, a bag of potatoes or whatever other edible. They don´t even bother in learning about how to hook up a small solar panel (widely available right now in Venezuela as we speak) to a battery/inverter setup. They say it´s “expensive”. And then sweat their backs off when lights are gone for 5 or 6 hours because can´t even power a fan. Go figure.
Problem solved………..I don’t have any wealth except my modest 3/2 house on a half acre plus two vehicles (a 2008 Honda CRV and a 2021 Honda Fit). Evac??? I’m a Hunker & Bunker type.
Kuddos, buddy! And Honda cars/bikes are great. I should know: my metric cruiser is a Shadow. The real wealth of my life these days, are hugging my folks everyday early in the morning, and prepare coffee for them in the afternoons while we chat after my dad comes from his work.
There is another kind of wealth not yet discussed here that border guard / thieves / criminals generally can’t confiscate. That is your personal mix of earning skills that hopefully some fraction of them might be useful in your replacement / destination country. Part of your advance research needs to be about whether there are any regulatory barriers in such destination countries that might prevent you (or a family member) from legally using them. Some countries have rules that only allow their citizens to exercise skills like medical or legal talents, etc, etc. That can be a real problem in countries where gaining citizenship might take several years.
Some countries don’t allow non-citizens to make a living by selling goods or services to their citizens but have no objection to your doing business online across international boundaries. The point is that checking out possible destination countries is a research process in order to maximize your ability to earn a living beyond merely learning if survival-level earnings are even possible. This is a perspective that goes beyond physical assets that you may or may not be able to bring with you in an outward border crossing.
“your personal mix of earning skills”
in a modern high-tech environment, probably the only viable approach. but as your skills become apparent you can expect to be drafted into a socialist labor battalion ….
The decision to leave is critical. It could make sense in a particular scenario, today’s Ukraine is one I suppose, at least the western part, since the other regions are already under Russian influence are stable. Which leads me to my point.
There is a lot of value in staying in a place where you are familiar with the culture, the language, the economics, and where you know how to get resources and can preserve the ones you already have, and you may have a lifetime of allies to connect with, where you can travel
The US, India, Russia–these are huge places with a ton of diversity. Even in the midst of a crisis it is very likely there are areas that are ‘cool’ (like in Eastern Ukraine) or even thriving with black markets and anarchy. Not having to get on a plane with the rest of the sheep in the middle of a crisis might just be one of the best ways to avoid trouble. Knowing the roads, knowing trustworthy people, knowing trustworthy news– all of this goes away in a foreign place unless you truly are a citizen of two nations.
This all being said, it almost seems this article is written for the jet setter class. More power to you if you can buy a vacation home in an out of the way nation. If you’ve got that kind of cheddar, I might make a suggestion. Be the owner of a non-descript ocean going vessel with a long range. Doesn’t cost so much, it’ll carry a few things, and there’s a lot of privacy out there if you know how to lay low. No need for customs when you’re just heading out for a day on the water.
Hey there Greg!
I hadn´t noticed previously, but I have to agree. Yes, when I wrote it, I mostly had in mind those that needed some sort of advice that probably haven´t thought about how to take some savings with them just in case. Mind you, I started in prepping after arriving casually to a survivalism blog; my initial intention was to prepare for an early retirement and dedicate myself to enjoy life. I read a couple of books by Robert Kiyosaki, and through the expansion of my financial self-education ended here. Added to my taste for adventure, and the results are clear now. Should I never done that, the results could have been worse.
“foreigners should be reasonably safe in most countries”
this is highly unrealistic. when under economic stress, natives reject foreigners.
I think the point of this article is encourage us to consider possibilities that we could apply to our lives well before hand. We need to have an actionable plan A and also a B and C perhaps. Mike Tyson is quoted to have said, “Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.” I’d like to avoid that if at all possible.
My friend has been in Poland helping Ukrainian friends who fled only with what they could carry and he wrote of a sister’s plan A that sadly failed. He wrote, “Another sister descibes how she grabbed her savings from under her bed as she left- 12,000 Ukrainian Grivna, in cash. But in Poland, she finds no exchange point or bank exchanges Ukrainian Grivna, and the Grivna has of course lost its value.”
Maybe that was her plan B as I know in my heart she first trusted in her Father in heaven no matter what the out come. What she didn’t bank on was her extended church family who love and care for her despite not having met nor understand her language.
We can’t be sure of exactly how things will unfold so we plan and put aside for the dark times but let us not stop being compassionate and generous while we are yet able.
If your plan works, you won´t be even close to those willing to smack you. That money should have been invested in food, camping gear, clothing, or maybe even a motorcycle, or a car and fuel to head out to safety. Maybe hiding some gold in a belt? I don´t know if refugees are allowed to board a plane abroad with precious metals. I feel sorry for her. Let´s pray for her and other ones in such conditions.
Thank you for writing this article. I’m not asking this be published. I just like that it touched on aspects that we don’t really think about but we all know there might be trouble ahead and we should all be making the kinds of decisions you outline. Again, thanks for writing the article.
Dear Chip, you´re very kind. My intention was to be the 10th man, indeed. https://awealthofcommonsense.com/2013/09/10th-man-rule-world-war-z/
To Jose, perhaps others . . . These stories are helpful. I live in the US where it’s relatively safe for now, yet my city has gone ‘woke’ , and has always had high crime, to boot. I have researched Mexico, central and south America extensively. I’m not enthused with what I see there, as you have described previously. It’s clear that the USA PTB’s are in control there, maybe a little less in Mexico. MX has its own special problems. Anyway, could you comment on perhaps ‘pockets of safety’ for an American Caucasian. I don’t want to invest time somewhere where I continually worry that my family will get kidnapped or robbed. I will not need to work in the area. I would like to buy a modest property & live quietly. I kind of favor Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama maybe El Salvador. I like the mountains. The totally separate issue of what to do with wealth has me dumbfounded. Not even Switzerland looks safe. Maybe the reality is that we should be fast on our feet to move, but this is a miserable way to live. PS, I am a do-it-yourselfer, builder, farmer, fisherman, survivalist. I have struggled with adversity my entire life.
“Maybe the reality is that we should be fast on our feet to move”
avoid the rush. pick a spot, move there now, become part of the community now.
Fleeing away is not easy at all. Each kilometer you left behind, you end wondering when you will make it back…or if you will do it someday. Those countries you mention were in my list in some moment and I think they´re good for Northers. I liked Belize, Aruba (or Curacao, bigger, more developed) and Barbados (because of my own personal experience with this islands and the water quality in Barbados!), as well. If you already have farming skills, you´re in much better shape than I will ever be. I´m in a process that should already be on the go these last 2 years: making our mountain cottage a productive place. If you watched my last video (just look for Fact Based Prepping channel in YouTube), you could see it´s far from that. Sadly, it´s hard to comment on pockets of security for North Americans these days; commies have done a brainwashing job too well in the South, and I believe that, other than Colombia or Peru (because of the tourism industry), people could not be that friendly. Venezuela was a special case: we always received all sort of foreigners with open arms. Nowadays I wouldn´t dare to bring along any friends, given the actual status quo. Try to check those other two.