Nov 8, 2016 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

Election Day is upon us, and the whole world will be tuned in. But what if you’re tuning in from abroad? Do you have a plan in place yet for how you’ll follow one of the most contentious presidential races in American history? Read on for four ways to stay in-the-know into the wee hours -- in whatever corner of the world you may be.           

1. Watch the results roll in old school.

For generations people have been watching presidential election races courtesy of their local newscasters. Feel like throwing back to simpler, more suspenseful times? Tune in to your television set. But you don’t have to go it alone.Consider hosting an election night party, instead. After all, this promises to be a legendary victory one way or another. Why not share the moment with your classmates from near and far?

2. Take it all in online.

If you need all the information the very second it’s available, then streaming the results from your laptop, tablet, or phone is the way to go. Wondering where to get started? CNN has compiled a handy resource for following real-time results.

3. Head to your neighborhood bar for a poll-party.

While an intimate evening at home with friends and family members is one way to go, you can put an entirely different spin on the evening by joining the throngs of people who will be out on the town tonight. If it’s looking like your candidate’s going to get the V, you’ll enjoy plenty of festive toasting. If things aren’t going your way, meanwhile, you’ll have company while drowning your sorrows.

Wondering where exactly to go? Most cities have bars where Americans prefer to gather. You’re sure to find a unique combination of international students abroad, expats, and others in attendance.

One last thing to remember? Just because it’s serious business doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun while living through history in the making. Have fun, and we’ll see you on the other side.

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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