You have been thinking of moving to the countryside for the better part of a year. How wonderful it would be, you think to yourself, if you could just pack and leave the city for a more peaceful life in the sticks.
But don’t do it without getting ready. Moving from the city to the countryside, especially if you’ve always lived under and among the city lights, is a jolt in transition. You can survive it, though, with enough preparation. Here are some pieces of advice:
Learn to plan your trips to the grocery
But why not just rush to the grocery if you need something? Well, will you drive 20 miles for a bottle of soy sauce? In the country, a trip to the grocery is nothing short of an event. So learn to make a list of what you need before getting in your car. Of course, you should have deduced by now that you have to learn to cook.
Dress the part
You might actually make the transition easier and shorter if you dress the part; it might make you feel more comfortable around your new stomping grounds. Look for men’s cowboy boots for sale, for example, and a few warm woolens, leather, jeans, and tweeds. Throw in a raincoat too, for those rainy early mornings when you have to walk to the shed, vegetable farm, or barn.
Trade in your sports car for a truck or SUV
Or don’t, if you can buy a house just a few steps away from the road, and don’t plan to make any friends who might live in the boondocks. The reality is, you are more likely to live well away from concrete pavement, with your “next-door” neighbor living two miles out. The best vehicle for country driving is a sturdy 4×4 truck or SUV, especially if it snows.
Prepare to invest in satellite Internet
Many people who move to the sticks complain about the poor Internet service, if they’re lucky enough to have one at all. Your mobile phone may not work as well as it did in the city, either. Find out if satellite Internet is available in the area and how much you should allot for it, particularly if you’re planning to work from home.
Learn to fix things
This is another common concern when you’re living away from most tradespeople. Learning how to fix at least the minor plumbing, electrical, and other issues can save you time, money, and heartache.
It’s a rewarding experience to live in the country. There's no traffic jam, noise is minimal, and the environment is peaceful. But the transition is a big challenge. Without preparation, you might find yourself driving back to the city in a few weeks.