Thanks for the replies, exporting to html was the answer I was looking for. If anyone else comes here heres the article that thoroughly explains the process: https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/208313528-How-to-back-up-and-restore-your-data-in-Evernote-for-Windows
I'm considering upgrading to pro but the one feature I really want is to be able to download all my files and save them as PDF's. I know they offer offline saving with pro but I'm guessing you still need the evernote app to access those offline files. I love evernote but I dont like the idea of all of my work at risk of being lost if a company goes under or is hacked or something of that sort. I'm wondering if there is a way to do this (maybe I'm wrong about the pro offline access) or suggest it to the evernote team.