Challenges & Benefits of Country Living - Part 1: The Challenges


A photo of Victoria GazeleyIf you can count on me for anything, it's to give you the straight goods on country living.   No fluff.

You're not going to find me waxing poetic about how la-de-da wonderful everything is every moment of every day - especially when it comes to the real benefits and challenges of living in the country.

Let me kick this off by making it super clear that I LOVE living in the woods.  I've been back here for 3-and-a-half years (after growing up in the area many moons ago), and I can honestly say that (at this point anyway) I never want to live in the city again.  Visit, for sure.  But to live full-time?  Absolutely not

But I can't help but feel for people who are seduced by books and articles and sometimes friends and acquaintances painting a ridiculously rosy picture of the rural life.  I'm sure we've all heard the stories of the city-dwellers who packed up everything and moved to the country, assuming they'd done their research, only to find they couldn't make friends, hated the neighbor's wayward cows, and spent too many hours commuting to their jobs, completely blowing their new found 'quality of life' right out of the water.

So today, I wanted to get my own list of challenges of rural living down 'on paper' (pros/benefits to follow in my next post).  If it helps even one person considering a move from the city to ensure their decision is the right one for them, I'll be happy!  Country living is amazing, but it's definitely not for everyone.  I definitely don't have all the answers - far from it - and I've made a very LONG list of my own mistakes.  That said, I hope this helps:

The Cons/Challenges/Drawbacks to Living in a Rural Community

This list is really hard for me to write, because I don't want to sound ungrateful (or like I know it all - I SO don't), but the truth is that for many folks used to city living, country living is a really foreign thing.  Very foreign!  Sometimes so foreign it drives them more than a little bonkers - or leaves them in tears.  Or divorced.

Roxanne McInerney
7/28/2012 6:17:11 PM

Moving from the city/county to the country 16 years ago i have a few things I can add..# 1 and BIGGEST negative of ALL...If all your family and ALL of your friends are an hour or 3 away you may not be happy with the long drive after the novel wears off.If you are a run to the mall often social scene person maybe this isnt for you.I feel distance is the biggest negative to ppl who move to the country unless they travel a lot or have a group of friends family nearby or just love to drive.Especially if you are getting older and Retired.Try a piece of land and a camper daily first for a summer. Yes lots of bugs lizards snakes mice, prickly weeds and plants you have never seen that invade your garden and misquitoes and pitch black out at night a little daunting at first. I still today miss some things about city life..But i open my door to fresh air , birds chirpping, smells like TRUE heaven every morning when I wake up. , damp Earth, trees, honeysuckle, wild roses in spring ... or burning leaves in fall,Bales of hay in the fields in summer. NO diesel smells or bus sounds.Wild animal sitings. Politness and no hurry attitude prevails. If you are a type A rush rush person .. country probably not for you. Even children in stores are polite letting adults pass and excuse themselves if they rush in front of you. Road rage is VERY rare. Politeness prevails and a ME ME first attitude is hard to find. Cars pull off the road for a funeral passing, in respect to the dead here. Things you would take inside at night in the city are generally safe left out. Sure ,I miss going home after a long day just a 15 minute ride but would i move back because of it ? NO never.But many many ppl do.I see the for sale signs all the time on barely broken in homes.I sound so negative but just think well what you can handle and what you cant before you buy.

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