At some point on our lives, we have to make a decision about where we’d like to live. For many of us, the decision to live in the country or in the city is an innate one, and we barely need to think about it. For others, however, we may have a hard time figuring out what’s best for us! For those of you in this situation, we’ll help you find out which one suits you best, and look at the pros of each to help you decide.
If you want to live as well as a king then consider moving to the country, and here are some of the main reasons why:
- It is Cost Effective
You have got to actually try and spend more than $20 on a meal out in the country, and this is even on a good meal! A movie doesn’t cost much and no one cares about what you wear and whether you are in last season or this season. Additionally, consider the housing. You can live in a house and not a flat and have numerous bedrooms and bathrooms and even a garage, all for a good price.
- You’ll have more Space
There will be more space for you, your family, kids and your pets. You can consider starting a dairy farm or open up a cafe if this is what you’ve always dreamed of. You’ll just need to make sure that you are up to speed with owner’s corporation rules. You’ll have distance between your neighbours so you won’t feel like you’re living on top of one another. In the country you’ll have plenty of space so your kids and dog can run around, chase butterflies and kick a football without having to worry about limited space. When it comes to the winter you’ll be able to build snowmen and go sledging on freshly fallen snow! At night time, the sky will be clear so you’ll be able to star gaze and identify constellations.
- No Income Inequality
The cost of living in the country is much lower and you can live a decent life on a much lower income. You’re not going to feel poor as you may feel when living in the city. Your socioeconomic status is not a big deal and you’ll worry more about how the weather is in your country life!
There’s no more pushing your way on to public transport and you’re not going to find yourself rushing and turning up late as there’s been some kind of delay en route. You can drive to wherever you need to be. Even if you come across traffic, there’s not going to be lots of it and there’s usually an alternative route. Also, there’s always plenty of free parking available.
- People are Friendlier
You’ll find that people have more time in the country and they will say hello and ask how you are. You’ll be able to go to your local grocery store and end up meeting someone that you know. If you need to see your doctor, there’s a good chance you’ll get to see him on the same day. People aren’t going to size you up based on your social status, income and your job. You don’t have to do volunteer work for your CV to make it stand out, and you will feel like you’re part of a community and not one in a million others.
You may feel like living in the countryside is for the retired or large families, and if you prefer to have an active social life then perhaps the city is better suited to you:
You won’t need to spend a quarter of your monthly wages on a motor vehicle, you won’t need to constantly feed an earth polluting vehicle gas each week, and you won’t need to be stuck in endless queues of traffic each day. If you live in the city, you have the option of walking. If walking is not an option for you, then you can use public transport and commute and feel a part of the world. You will have the opportunity to speak think, read and listen to music before you get to work or arrive home each day. Another option that may be available to you is using your bike to get about, leaving you feeling not only happier but healthier too.
- Fitting in
You will never feel like the odd one out if you live in a city. There will be a group/activity to suit all tastes which you can take part in and you can say goodbye to some more close-minded opinions, and often have more luck when it comes to the dating scene in cities.
- Everything is on your Doorstep
You’ll have access to everything at your fingertips – libraries, shops, hospitals, museums etc. and many of these things are free. If you order something online, you can expect to receive it quickly. When it comes to food, you can opt for a local takeaway or a slap-up meal at a fine restaurant, or even get your favourite restaurant food delivered. The world is your oyster!
- You learn to be Tolerant
The world in which we live in is diverse and when you live in the city you’ll learn that quickly. You will become thick skinned and nothing will phase you as you don’t have time to be phased and you’ll have seen it all before. If someone is rude to you then ignore them and move on, if someone pushes ahead of you, you’ll learn to get ahead and get even. That said, living in a city will also teach you how to be patient and empathetic, as after all, everyone is living this together. You will learn to compromise as this is the key to living in the city. Someone may complain that your party was too noisy last night, you’ll have to learn how to reach an agreement. You’ll meet people who don’t think, speak and act like you do, you’ll soon learn to share space, which somehow everyone manages to do.
So, as you can see there are benefits to both living in the country and living in the city. Consider all of these factors to help you to decide what’s the life for you.