Modern living is seen as synonymous with urban life. If you’re not in the big city, enjoying the nightlife, the exhibitions, the noise, and the hubbub, you’re seen as a regressive or certainly closeted individual who’s not keen on involving themselves in the goings-on of the modern world. This article takes aim at these assumptions by mapping out how you can live in a rural area – cheap, quiet and homely – while also having access to the urban treats you love. Here’s how.
Of course, one of the key elements to living rurally while maintaining a vibrant life is to be able to get from your rural home into the urban metropolis with ease. Without some key transportation, you’re going to struggle with this, and you’ll feel cut off and isolated from the happenings in your local city. Driving is one of the best bets for rural transport. If you’ve not got a license, learning to drive in an intensive crash course can take only a week or two from your first perch in the driver’s seat to being fully-qualified to take to the roads. With this qualification, you’ll be free to drive anywhere and everywhere around your rural abode.
Save the Date
As someone living in a rural property, you’re not going to be able to make last-minute dashes into town in order to see an impromptu gig or grab a quick drink with a friend. But this lack of flexibility and off-the-cuff planning can easily be replaced by a more nuanced social life planning – involving a calendar, some organizational nous, and contact with key friends you hope to see during your time off. Make sure you’re organizing events and gatherings frequently, and you’re on top of events in your local town, city, and village, in order to enjoy the full spectrum of rural-urban life.
Be Your Friends’ Rural Hideaway
As perhaps one of the only people in your friendship group living rurally, your home presents a wonderfully peaceful option for your friends to visit when they’ve had a little too much of urban life. Ensure that from the outset you maintain an open-door policy so that your pals feel that they can come visit whenever it suits you. This way, you’ll not always have to travel to see them in their home city – they can come to you, too.
Use the Space
Life isn’t all about seeing friends and going to events, of course. It’s also about following your passions, desires, hobbies, and pursuits. And the space afforded to you in rural areas is perfect in enabling such activity. Whether you’re an avid gardener, a reader and writer, or someone who loves to pain huge canvasses with messy paint, you’ll find it far easier to pursue your hobbies in a rural area than in the center of a city. Take advantage of this key benefit in order to really live that vibrant life on the cusp between urban and rural living.
These tips will help you find peace in your decision to live rurally, bridging the divide between the city and the village with ease.