Escape to These 11 Surprisingly Affordable Private Islands for Sale, 2016

Is the idea of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as the next U.S.

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Is the idea of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as the next U.S. president worrying you? Various polls show more than 25% of Americans will consider leaving the country after this year's election.

Perhaps you've even begun to scout your next home -- in Canada, a popular retirement haven for ex-pats in Mexico or South America, or, better yet, on your own private island.

Celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio claim multimillion-dollar private islands as secondary residences, but you don't have to be a one-percenter to buy your own. We’ve found tiny islands for sale for as little as $30,000.

We're not really recommending that you buy a private island. Like buying a yacht, expensive artwork or jewelry, private islands are luxury purchases and not prudent financial investments. Some islands come equipped with boats, houses and utilities, but many don't. Add up the construction costs, water, electric, sewer, docking and local regulatory costs, and imagine the challenges of transporting supplies and waste back and forth. Owning a private island can turn into a financial nightmare in a hurry.

So rather than plunk down hundreds of thousands of dollars on a money pit, take a virtual escape instead to these far-flung island getaways. We've assembled 11 dreamy private islands for sale—all for an asking price of $1 million or less. Several are technically U.S. properties in case your preferred candidate wins this fall, but most will satisfy your dreams of moving far, far away from it all. Take a look.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is an intern for She is a senior majoring in international relations and gender, sexuality, and women's studies at the College of William and Mary. At school, Smith serves as the news editor of The Flat Hat, William and Mary's student newspaper.