Moving to the countryside is never an easy adjustment, but you’ll get there eventually. You can prepare for moving to the countryside by thinking about problems you may encounter and how to adapt to them. Here is a list to help you do that.
Lack of Amenities
The biggest culture shock when moving from the city to the countryside is the lack of amenities. In the big city, everything is accessible in very close proximity. Out in the country, you might have to drive for twenty minutes to get to the nearest shop. There may not be retail outlets for many miles. You might find there’s a shortage of restaurants, etc. Lack of amenities is much more noticeable when you live in the country. But over time you will adapt and adjust to this.
You’re going to have to get used to the large distances between things. Everything is much more sparse and spread out in the country. So it will take much longer to reach places. You need to familiarise yourself with transport routes for the car. It’s also going to be worth checking out the public transport situation. There will no doubt be buses and trains running to different locations. So make sure you know the routes to take as this will save you time and stress.
One of the most annoying problems to contend with is natural hazards. Now, these are often something few and far between in the city. But in rural areas you’re going to need to put up with this kind of thing in abundance. Falling trees and flooded roads are part and parcel of rural life. Your garden will also be at risk from pests and adverse weather. So you might need to get tree care experts and pest control services to come out often. It will be worth it in the long-run because you’ll have a lovely looking garden.
You might find problems with communication as well when you live in the countryside. This might be anything from phone to Wi-Fi problems. You’re probably going to encounter some signal issues over the course of a week. There’s not a lot that you can do about this, unfortunately. Yes, you could change provider. And you might consider getting fibre optic broadband if this is available in the area. See, weather and location can have a huge effect on communication when you’re out in the sticks.
If you’ve moved from the big city, you’re going to be used to densely populated areas. So perhaps you’re used to being able to get anywhere you need quickly. This is something that we often take for granted. When you’re in a more rural location things are less accessible. It’s much farther away to get to places. The price you pay for the beauty and peace of the countryside is the remoteness of it all. This is something you will eventually adapt to. But it might take you a while to get used to it to begin with.
Living in the countryside has so many positives. But there are annoying issues that you’ll need to get used to. It’s all about how you adapt to these issues that is important. This post details some of the main issues you might encounter and how to deal with them.