It seems many people, if asked, will tell you that they dream of one day being able to ditch a crowded city for life in a rural setting. Whether driven by the desire for quiet, space, beautiful surroundings, the decision to move to a rural area should be carefully thought out. If you have always dreamed of moving out to the country and living your life in a rural community, be sure to seriously consider the following realities of living in a rural are before making your final decision.
Rural life can be really inconvenient – From shopping for jeans to trying to get a decent Internet connection, life in the country can be extraordinarily inconvenient. Are you sure you’re ready to have to drive nearly an hour to shop the next time you need a decent pair of jeans? Can you live happily with only a very slow Internet connection, or possibly no Internet access at all? Will it seem like a hassle to you if your child’s new school will be a 25 minute drive, each way? How will you feel about never again being able to call and have a pizza delivered to your home? These may sound like trivial issues, but added together, they equal a lot of inconvenience for a family who is accustomed to the conveniences of a city. Lack of convenience won’t be a deal-breaker for a lot of people, but it should still be acknowledged and taken into consideration before moving to a rural area.
Harsh weather can create huge challenges for those who live in a rural setting – Perhaps you have driven in snow before, but have you ever driven in snow along a dirt road? Or in a community where snow plows do not routinely clean the roads? Are you completely willing to live in an area vulnerable to wildfires? How do you feel about living in an area where power outages caused by extreme weather may be much longer than you are accustomed to? Again, the challenges caused by weather that can exist for those who live in the country won’t necessarily scare you away. But it is definitely an important consideration.
There can be a lot of animals in a rural area that you are not used to – Are you willing to live in a section of land that may be frequented by mountain lions, bears, and rattlesnakes? How do you feel about opossums or raccoons getting into your trash or harassing your pet cat? Do you realize that if you have an outdoor pet, you will likely need to bring them indoors every night in order to keep them from being attacked and eaten by coyotes? Animals are a big part of rural life, whether you want them to be, or not. Even the beautiful deer, who will constantly eat your plants and flowers, can get really irritating, really fast.
Rural life can be really enjoyable, but it’s important to have a very realistic understanding of what rural living entails before making the final decision to move out to the country.