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What is your perfect rural life? Is it running a homestead? Perhaps you want a cabin in the woods, or a cottage by the sea. Rural means many things for many people. You have to decide what your perfect rural life is.
This guide is a rundown of potential ways to find out what your perfect rural life is and how to find it. Hopefully, it will help you on your journey to your perfect rural life.
- Travel Some More
- Ask People
- 5 Recommended books from Amazon
Traveling is the best way to get an understanding of rural life. Start with a nearby rural area, go and spend a weekend there. This helps you get a feel for a rural area. Try other areas by expanding the radius outwards.
There are some great tools out there to calculate a radius on a map. Business map centre has quite a useful one. This works if you also have an area in mind you can choose a central location on the map and calculate a radius for you to explore.
Once you have an area in mind, you need to do some research. What are the housing costs in the region? What are the schools like. What’s the crime rate like?
Websites such as realtor.com provide all this information and more. Check a few different ones for the country you are in. This is not about choosing your home, it is about getting a feel for an area. Once you have an idea about a region you can then start narrowing down your research.
Start exploring specific smaller areas, and researching those.
Experiment at home, will you actually enjoy growing your own food? start a small garden and find out. Our article The Best Way To Start Your Rural Life Now offers some ideas on things to experiment with.
Being outdoors for extended periods of time can seem ideal at first but after a few rainstorms the novelty can wear off. Make sure you test run things before you commit to a new life you may not actually like.
In What Is It Like Living In A Rural Area? we offered to volunteer as a way to find out what an area was like to live in. Although volunteering on a farm may work for some. It may not be a suitable undertaking for those without some free time.
Another option is perhaps looking for a course you could take in a nearby area. Or could you learn of a friend or family? Perhaps a few weekends with an uncle who grows his own vegetables will help you gain enough of an insight into the process to dim if it is suitable for you.
5 Travel Some More
If possible look at going even further afield. Try a different country if you are able. The aim here is to find rural areas in different climates. This allows you to broaden your knowledge.
Living in an area with high rainfall may seem ok while you are in the city, but feel unsuitable for your rural life, finding a region with less rainfall may be the answer. Also, travel is a great way to meet new people and get their opinions on areas. This leads to…
6 Ask People
Family and friends can be an amazing resource of information and knowledge. So Ask them. Do any of your friends or family have contacts in a rural area you could go and stay with? Has anyone ever traveled to an area you are interested in? Do they have any skills they could teach you that would benefit you in your rural life?
Talking with friends and family you may discover some ideas and information about things you hadn’t even realized or thought of. This could be anything from how to plant a potato to how to fix a chainsaw. This should be followed by…
In Rural Living: 15 Useful Tips For Your New Life we discussed how important self-reliance becomes in a rural lifestyle. Before you embark on the adventure of your new countryside lifestyle, spend some time on your skills and knowledge. Make sure you learn at least some basic skill you think you will need, and the knowledge that goes with them.
As we mentioned above asking friends and family can be a great start to this. Books magazines, forums, and youtube are all available resources to learn from. You may also be able to find courses and training local for some useful skills.
Your budget is always going to be your critical deciding factor. Make sure you plan one out. In What You Should Think About When Moving To The Countryside we highlighted the importance of knowing where your income will be generated from.
One of the biggest reasons people who move to a rural area fail is due to financial reasons. Make sure you start your perfect rural life the right way. As well as your income, look at what you can afford to spend on the property you want to buy, and how much is it going to cost in upkeep.
How To Plan Your Rural Life: Things To Consider covered a range of topics to think about while planning the new life that you want. This Planning includes thinking about what our needs are. Break everything down into small sections and plan each one. This is the best way to ensure you don’t get swamped trying to plan everything at once.
You have a dream of an idyllic life in the country. Plan out a week of what this life would entail. Then pick it apart and go in-depth on what would and wouldn’t work.
You have dreamed of your perfect rural life. You have traveled to areas and researched them. learning and experimenting as allowing you to build up a skillset and knowledge bank for your new life.
Your budget and planning are all finished and you are ready to take that final step. Only one thing is left to do. You now have to tale that final plunge and start your perfect rural life.
By thinking out and planning the actions you need to take you can build a solid foundation of knowledge. This foundation allows you to move forward in the best way possible.
The best ways to find your perfect rural life, are to experience and experiment with rural living. Before you dive into buying land or property, you have to find out if you are really cut out for this lifestyle.
5 Recommended books from Amazon
- The Way Home: Tales from a life without technology
- Going Off the Grid: The How-To-Book of Simple Living and Happiness
- The Mini Farming Bible: The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre
- Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer
- Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests
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