Country Living – Could You Hack It?


Do you fancy moving to a big home out in the country? For quite a few families, this is the ultimate dream. They love the idea of leaving the busy, bustling city behind them and escaping to the fresh air and tranquility of nature. It’s certainly a lot more relaxing to live out in the country, and you won’t have to deal with any city stress and nosey neighbors. But do you really think that this is the best life for you?

Sure, moving to the countryside might sound like the perfect thing to do, but it actually isn’t always as peachy as it might appear on the surface. Moving your whole family out of the city is quite a big deal. It will be a lot for you all to adjust to, as you will need to get used to not being so close to many amenities and facilities anymore. Are you sure you are ready to give up all of that convenience just for some peace and quiet? Not many people are!

Still considering a move to the country? It’s certainly still worth a shot. You just need to weigh up all of the pros and cons before you do start to make the move. Here are a few things that you need to consider when you are making your decision.


You’ll Be Far From Friends And Family

One of the main things that puts people off moving to the country is the fact that they will be a lot further away from all of their friends and family. If you are particularly close to your nearest and dearest, then you might find that distance very difficult to deal with at first. But this is something that can be quite easy to overcome – over time, you will get used to being away from your friends and family and your feelings of homesickness will ease. There are some things you can do to ensure you don’t miss them too much, though, such as inviting them over to stay for weekends. Plus, you will always be able to go back to the city from which you moved if you ever want to visit them and your old life! And don’t forget that thanks to all the great tech in our lives these days, staying in touch is a lot easier than what it ever was. You can call, text, Skype, or Whatsapp all of your loved ones every day if you want to!


You Might Need To Put The Kids In A Different School

If you are moving with children, then you need to think about how it will affect them and their schooling. Obviously, the best option is to keep them in their current school. If you are moving to a village that is on the outskirts of the city then this could be entirely possible. There are often good school bus and other transport links between cities and their satellite villages. Even if there isn’t a public transport route that kids in the village use to get to school in the city, the distance might not be too far and you might be able to drive them to school each day. This could be a convenient option if you continue to work in the city. However, if leaving them in their current school isn’t an option, then you could face some problems. Firstly, the kids themselves might oppose being moved to a different school as they will be parted from all of their friends. They might be very unhappy about the prospect of leaving all of their classmates. But if you tell them that they can visit each other as often as possible then they might come around to the idea. Not only that, though, but you can tell them that they will make a lot of new friends at their new school.


The Commute To Work Will Be A Lot Longer

I’ve mentioned that you could take the kids to their school in their city as you commute to your current job, but that might not be possible. It all depends on how far away from the city you want to be! Not only that, though, but your commute will depend on how you want to travel to work. If it isn’t too far, you could drive to work. But you should bear in mind that there might be hundreds of other people commuting into the city on a daily basis, and that could result in extremely busy roads. You might end up in traffic jams on each leg of your journey which could add on some considerable time to your commute. That could really frustrate and anger you! If you’d rather not drive, you could always see about commuting by train or by bus. But then this means you have to rely on public transport which isn’t always that reliable! It might also be expensive unless you are able to get a seasonal ticket like If you think that commuting into the city is going to be too much of a pain, you could simply get a new job that is closer to your new country home. Or why not cut out the commute completely by becoming a freelancer and working for yourself? This might not be possible; it will depend on the job that you do and all the training you have so far been through. If you think that you will be able to do, it is definitely something that you should consider, though, as working from home will be a lot less stressful than trying to get in and out of the city every day!


Bad Weather Could Be Very Isolating

Bad weather doesn’t affect life in the city too much because there is always plenty of action taken to prevent too many disruptions. For instance, streets and roads are always cleared and gritted with salt during periods of heavy snowfall. Unfortunately, though, there isn’t enough demand for this kind of action out in the country as such snowfall won’t cause too many delays and disruptions. After all, there aren’t quite as many people living out in the country! So, you need to make sure that you are well prepared for periods of bad weather. Otherwise, they will become quite isolating. You should get some snow tyres from a company like so that you are able to drive through snowy and icy conditions without too many problems. It’s also important that you buy some things to leave in your car like a snow shovel, a spare change of clothes, and a torch just in case you do get stuck out on the country roads. You should also stock up on canned and dried food at home just in case you get snowed in for a few days. By doing so, you will have plenty of food to keep you going. It’s also a good idea to get a generator as there are often a lot more power cuts out in the country compared to the city during very bad weather and storms.


Making New Friends Can Be Hard

Once you move to a village, you will need to try and make some connections and get to know people so that you can have some friends living nearby. This will also help you settle in as well as making new friends in the village can help you feel a part of the close-knit community. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t always quite as easy as it might sound. People won’t come to you usually, you will need to get out there and put yourself in situations that make it easy to meet people. For instance, most villages have regular events like fairs and dances. You should attend these as often as you can with your whole family. You can then introduce yourself to the other villages and, over time, you will get to know more people and will make some very good friends. It’s also worth trying to get onto any committees and organizational boards that are in the village as this will also help you get to know more friendly faces.


Housing Might Not Be A Great Standard

Lots of people move to the country because the price of property is a lot cheaper compared to houses and apartments that are in the city. And this is usually true – if you want a regular family size home, then you will find the cost in rural areas can be slightly cheaper. But that is often because the property isn’t always up to scratch. Most homes out in the country are old and fairly dated, which means they often come with a lot of issues and problems. Most people find that they need to carry out some renovation as soon as they move in. If that sounds like too much work, maybe moving to the country isn’t for you.

Still excited to move to a rural area? Good luck with the big move!

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