Here in the UK, there is a great contrast between the impressive capital & the life you can have in the country. While country living provides you with more indoor and outdoor space, living in the city presents far more opportunities to socialise. Maybe, like me, you are at a point in your life where you are uprooting. You need to make a decision on where to next call home. Although I am yet to make a final decision, here are some of the things that I have taken into consideration so far.
Balancing the cost with the gain
As you will know, I love to visit places relatively undiscovered by tourists, like my recent trip to Georgia. So, you would assume that I want to live away from crowded places. However, in the UK, we have a spectrum of country living. To begin with, we have the capital of London. Although breathtakingly beautiful, London is a tourist destination for many. For others, it is a place of business. While almost 9 million people call this place ‘home’. Albeit, at a cost. With an average rental price of £1,600 per month, living in London comes at an expensive price.
In comparison, a one-bedroom apartment in the city center of Liverpool costs £655. Here lies the predicament. As if the daily living cost in London wasn’t expensive enough, I would be paying more than double the amount in rent to live in one of the greatest cities in the world. Having so many facilities, restaurants, & events to go to has its drawback – you will spend a lot of money! On the other hand, country living surely consists of not spending much? I personally don’t imagine myself passing my days sitting at home reading a book by the fire every night. Having said that, things such as transport, groceries, amongst other necessities, will inevitably cost less. All in all, saving you more money.
Country living allows you to appreciate nature again
In general, there are not many places that you can live in which allow you to feel at one with nature. Except, country living, that is. Whilst city living provides you with views over a concrete jungle, although very pretty when lit up at night, country living supplies much more. Fresh air, blue skies, gardens, forests, streams, and a night sky filled with thousands of stars. You cannot put a price on that. I personally love taking a peaceful walk through the countryside and listening to the birds chirping, as opposed to hearing the loud pandemonium of city life.
Small-town life can be quite lonely
Albeit, a country walk can be lovely. However, enjoying it alone is not quite the same as when in the company of others. Getting a social life can be quite difficult in country living. Naturally, there are fewer people to socialize with. It’s more of small-town life. A kind of place where everybody knows each other, and each other’s private business. A town where people like to gossip, most likely. On the contrary, there is a certain community spirit in the city. In addition to an abundance of social events to meet people in.
In general, I would advise any of you who are thinking about changing to country living, to think about what you personally will benefit from and how this will have a positive impact on your life. All of us are different & no person is the same. Country vs country living: which is right for you? provides some other factors to take into consideration. Take a piece of paper, and write down the advantages and disadvantages to both. After, weigh up the pros and cons and make your decision. I wish you the best of luck & I’m sure that you will make the best choice for yourself!