Where Should You Go when the SHTF?

With the threats of doomsday scenario looming large, it’s high time we began looking for the best and the safest places to move out to. We cannot deny the multiple threats to human survival amid the current disastrous COVID-19 pandemic allegedly unleashed by China, whether accidentally or deliberately doesn’t make any difference really.

In recent months, the world once again stands on the brink of nuclear holocaust reminding us of the cold war era with clear nuclear flashpoints in the South China Sea, Taiwan, Kashmir, Japan, and North Korea. The threat of Islamic terrorism is as real today as on 9/11. The frequent natural disasters in the forms of floods, avalanche, tornadoes, forest fires, and other climate change impacts have made the world more vulnerable than ever before. While global threats impact everyone, America is perhaps more vulnerable than the other parts of the world.

The average middle-class American is perhaps the worst affected among all. Real hard-working Americans can see they have been the worst victims whether it’s a global economic meltdown, or 9/11, or COVID-19. They can see what’s coming and they must prepare.

Let Us Face Facts Loud and Clear

The U.S is the epicenter of the global COVID-19, whether by accident or design doesn’t really matter. The pandemic has raised security concerns and has triggered a realignment of the global powers making Americans more vulnerable and at greater risk from diverse threats including biological and nuclear wars.

In this disaster-prone world with uncertainty looming large each day and each moment, the average middle class American must prepare with backup plans, survival skills, and foresight into the future to come. For many years, we have witnessed climatic weather events and natural disasters increasingly more threatening. The threats from the Middle East have compounded with the emergence of new threats from China. It is no longer safe to adopt an ostrich-like approach with our heads buried in the sand.

It’s no longer safe to think only about career and retirement or about college or wherever we may want to go for our next vacation. It’s time to think of a survival plan and be prepared with a plan to move out before the doomsday predictions materialize.

A Bug Out – Pros and Cons

Bugging out successfully is not an option everyone has for the simple reason that not everyone is cut out for this strategy. Just think of it! How many among us are made for wilderness survival? How many of us can adjust to the hardship of a remote and distant town?

However, bugging out can be an option if you are prepared with the survival instinct to endure the hardship. You may have to consider several factors when choosing a bug out location.

The first thing for you to consider is your accessibility to the location. You must be able to arrive at your bug out location. The next on your list should be the resources there. Your bug-out place should be close to water. There should be enough food resources including cultivable soil and plenty of games.

You may have to consider the factor of vulnerability. How would you defend against a hostile tribe? Are people and the surrounding friendly and appealing? What about the weather? Is it hostile? Does the place experience droughts and flooding? How are you going to put up with diverse and extreme weather conditions? You will have to prepare a bug-out of the plan accordingly taking into account all conceivable scenarios.

Here are some of the best bug-out locations within the US when SHTF.

Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

These are probably the safest as far south as you can get places. Florida is father still but you will most likely encounter transportation and population issues. The advantage with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama is that you have plenty of convenient places to hide and yet remain protected with the availability of abundant water, luxuriant game, and forest. You may have to remain prepared for the hot summer though.

The Appalachians

In comparison to the Rockies, this mountain chain has the advantage of more temperate weather. Its only concern is a comparatively more dense population.

The place is bounteous in water, game, and cheap land. It is the place you will have fun with guns and hunting. The land is rich enough to grow a variety of foods.

The only downside is the highways getting clogged down in the event of a panic situation as there are several major cities along the highways but there are back roads you can use.

The Rocky Mountains

This could be your ideal bug out location with tons of hideout places if you are anywhere close to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado states. The region is sparsely populated with relatively affordable land. Permits to build and construct are easy to obtain here. Guns and hunting are not discouraged and you will find game and water in plentiful. You are most likely safe here from nuclear and other threats. The only downside is the freezing temperature and snowfall.

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International Relocation

Americans should also prepare for an advance plan to relocate internationally in the event of a mega-disaster that doesn’t materialize overnight but begins to build on gradually with clear signs of where the events would be leading up to. It means working with insured and licensed movers who can arrange your international relocation efficiently and fast. You will need to have your passports, knowledge of the place you are relocating to, and the things you can move through the ports. The backup plan you have should take into account the cost of living at the new place, your finances, and the goods and provisions you may have to build from scratch at the place of relocation because you will most likely move out just with the bare essentials.

Here are some of the places to consider in case you are planning an international relocation.

French Polynesia

Located in the Pacific Ocean, halfway between California and Australia, French Polynesia consists of a group of about 1700 islands that has the landmass of only about 1000 square miles, while its total area including water is about as big as the European Union.

The best thing about the place is its climate. The average temperature is pretty cool and comfortable at about 85 degrees F despite hot and humid summer months. The place is almost free of crime.

Tourists find the island of Tahiti especially attractive. The other attractive destinations in French Polynesia include Huahine, Moorea, and Bora Bora.

Under the French control since the 19th century, French Polynesia is definitely a place to consider for relocation given its hospitable people, culture, and climate over and above the assured safety from global disasters.


Malta is highly affordable with its low cost of living and superior employment opportunities. Malta ranks second on the list of personal happiness next to Costa Rica. Malta offers a large number of diverse leisure activities. People of Malta are happy to live in their country and more than half of them planned to spend the rest of their lives there.

Simmers in Malta can get hot and humid much like the southeast part of the US. Malta is relatively safer than many other parts of the world. Cleanliness is an issue in some parts of the country, the only deterrent perhaps.


Spain is the second most welcoming nation to foreigners next to Taiwan. We could have included Taiwan in our list if it was located somewhere far from Communist China. There are a number of reasons to relocate to Spain including its wonderful climate and miles and miles of sandy beaches. The nation maintains a low political profile which is a plus.

You can plan your relocation to Spain based on factors like education, safety, and employment opportunities. Basque country ranks the highest in education and also in safety, while Ceuta ranks the lowest in both of these. Skilled foreign workers are in demand in the skilled trade, language teaching, and engineering.

New Zealand

New Zealand is among the safest of places to live if you ignore the destructive earthquakes in Christchurch in recent years, but its only drawback is its remote location from anywhere in the world. If the flights are stopped you could get stranded.

New Zealand is known for its breathtaking scenery. However, the sparse population of the nation along with its limited public transportation and limited job opportunities may leave you wanting more.


Canada is a beautiful country with lots of benefits to citizens. It offers free education and universal health coverage but the tax rate can be high especially for those earning more than the average. The cost of living can be especially high in cities like Calgary, Quebec, and Toronto. The real estate prices have been spiraling upwards across Canada.

The winter in Canada is harsh and endless. You may consider relocating to the shoreline if you abhor cold winters. Places like Newfoundland and Vancouver will offer you the respite from the harsh winter. The depressed real estate scenario in Newfoundland could mean affordable housing but this part of Canada faces the scarcity of jobs.

No matter what you choose – bug in or bug out – there are endless choices. All you need is an advance plan that takes care of most of your concerns, if not all.

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