They’re packing up and shipping out, but Jeff Yeager and his wife Denise, who live in Maryland, don’t exactly know where they’re going. They just know they want to get as far away as possible from President Donald Trump.
Although a number of celebrities threatened to move to Canada or go overseas after the election, not a single one has yet to pick up and leave. Heck, Canada didn’t even want Lena Dunham, though the actress has routinely threatened to make her home north of the border.
But for the Yeagers, apparently, the time has come. At long last, someone is making good on their promise to leave if Donald Trump was elected. “When the devastation of the election hit,” Yeager told the Washington Post, “we thought, ‘Let’s just leave and travel, travel, travel and see where it takes us.’ ”
Flush with cash and privilege, the two will visit several countries before deciding where they want to settle permanently. The couple doesn’t have children. Denise is a community college professor, and Jeff alternately runs a non-profit and travels the country on a bicycle, speaking about cheap travel, so they can go anywhere.
They’re hoping that the places they visit are better than the United States, since they’ll be living there for four to eight years. But for now they say the only way to survive without permanently migrating anywhere is to stay in hostels and crash on couches—something that probably won’t seem as romantic after a few months on the road.
They aren’t giving up their American passports, however.
Unfortunately for the Yeagers, the expatriate life isn’t all its cracked up to be. According to Canadian immigration services, you have to live in the country at least two years and possess a skill Canadians don’t have to be useful enough for permanent residency.
In order to live permanently in Ireland, where the Yeagers hope to land first, you have to either have a job lined up or be able to prove you won’t be a burden on the state. Central America, their other destination, is currently dealing with a crisis of people leaving, so that may be a better option.
The good news is, they intend on being “citizen ambassadors” to the world, so America’s PR should definitely be in good hands.