For those who adore living in the inner-city, or at least in an urban environment, living in the countryside might be considered at least slightly like leaving civilization. And to some degree, that can be true. It’s not uncommon for those who live in the midst of the countryside to drive half an hour before they reach a nearest grocery store, or before they can post their mail, or a range of other conveniences you and I take for granted. However, it’s unwise to think that this inconvenience is not made up in other ways, or that there aren’t effective methods to combat it.
Instead of feeling perplexed as to why anyone would do this, thinking ahead and considering the value here might simply help you understand, or, alternatively, it may help you feel a little motivated to try it yourself. In the following words we hope to explore this subject and potentially help anyone with even a slight unearthed inclination towards rural living understand why they may wish to experience it:
A Call To Adventure
There’s a distinct flow of taste that seems to change as we mature. You likely feel the same. Perhaps you hated eating olives when you were a child, or sitting down to read. Now, a glass of wine, a medittaranean platter and a great new paperback sound like heaven on earth to you. In this spirit, as you were a young adult ready to take on the world, it’s not hard to feel an affinity for urban living. It’s where all the action is taking place, where the best jobs are, where more and more people reside for you to meet.
However, as we get older and we have all the partying, all the corporate career building and all the hobbyist interest out of our system (at least as it could have been defined at that point), we can feel the need for something more. Something new. A call to adventure can often be heard over the mountain in this case, and for that reason, a call to adventure comes to mind.
It’s a big thing to move to the country. For some people, it could be the first time they have headed out to experience rural living. The lack of instant convenience means planning shopping trips and freezing foods, but still being able to access the great outdoors and potentially afford land that is yours to do what you want with, guided by reason. For that purpose, many find a true resurgence in their living excitement this way, sometimes helping them start a new chapter in a completely new environment. We get it.
It’s not uncommon for people to feel nervous about just how many system their life relies upon. For example, it is known that most cities only have about four-six days worth of food supply that would be available in the case of a true emergency, as supply lines may be cut short, meat would become inedible and of course, all the while residents would be consuming what food would be available, and stocking up on anything else.
It’s perhaps a good thing that we do not plan our entire lives around what would happen in the case of the ultimate harmful scenario, but it’s not hard to see why some people wish to be a little more prepared, or even a little more self-sufficient when thinking about that prospect. When you consider self-sufficiency, we often think of people who are careful to only live from water tanks, to dig a large bunker in their backyard or to have an extremely worrying collection of firearms, but you needn’t do that at all.
In rural living, you are safer due to the geography around you and the lack of people. With a little land, you have better conditions to work the soil and grow vegetables, as well as leave out your herb garden for flavoring your foods. It could even be that you decide to run a tiny smallholding, with a few farmyard animals in order to raise them for slaughter and produce. While it does take work, it can feel great to know that you are being environmentally conscious, providing for yourself, and also no doubt teaching excellent skills to your children that might last them through life.
Even the most ardent city-liver could not argue that living in an urban environment is much worse for your health than living in the countryside. For starters, the pollution can make your air quality much inferior, despite that effect being mitigated somewhat if you live near a large green space. Additionally, it’s statistically more likely for you to become a victim of crime, be that at your property or while outside. Traffic incidents, accidents, the need for home security, it’s all greater when you live in an urban environment, and statistical increase is the price you pay for the convenience.
In a rural environment however, the air quality can be fantastic. You have a tight-knit community of nearby residents who will communicate about any suspicious activity, plus you have a better means of protecting your home thanks to being out of the way and inconvenient to get to. Road traffic accidents on a tiny rural road are often very rare, meaning that you can trust your children to ride their bicycles around and stay safe as they can be. Additionally, being in nature can do wonders for your mental health, and for the mental health of your kids. To that extent, it’s no wonder how people enjoy living in the rural environments as much as they do.
When you live further away than the usual most desirable commuting destinations, you have an access of finding properties that are cheaper and yet still offer just as much as you might need. The prospect of renovating and extending your home is also improved, although it’s important to consider if said building is in a listed area or not, as sometimes housing authorities can ensure environments are protected by limiting construction rights. However, this has the added benefit of ensuring no housing estate will be built close to your home.
With this excess budget, you might have the chance to renovate your property from time to bottom, or purchase a beautiful travel residency in Lyons Holiday Parks – ready for you to attend at any time of year. Of course, it’s important to factor in certain expenses when considering your rural living. It will take longer to get to the local town or city if you need to. This means that a grocery trip in your usual supermarket could take ninety minutes in total instead of a forty-five minute trip. It also means that your fuel expenses, and the necessity to own a car is increased. On top of that, you may need to pay more for the internet speeds you took for granted back home, as sometimes the best infrastructure is not available in rural areas.
It could also be that certain costs are incurred based on where you live. For example, a private road that has many potholes will not be covered by the local authority, and you may need to pool money together with your nearby residents to have this fixed by a private service. In other words, you need to ensure you factor in the costs of living before you live in the countryside without caution.
With this advice, we hope you can feel motivated to consider a move to the country. This post might sound gushing, but it can also illustrate why so many find a rural environment the perfect place to settle down. We hope you feel confident whatever you choose.