The Disadvantages of Living in the Countryside

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The Disadvantages of Living in the Countryside
Moving to the countryside isn't for everyone. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The countryside is not only a beautiful place to live but, depending on where you are located, the cost of living may be less expensive than in towns or cities. However, you may find that you are spending more money on other supplies, such as fuel if you work in town. As with anywhere, living in the country has its drawbacks. You may crave the open air and large plots of land, but think about all of the elements before selling yourself on the idea of moving to the country.

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Weather

Weather can be a large drawback when it comes to moving to the countryside. In some parts of the country, the winters bring blizzards and the spring brings torrential rains and flooding. Though some country roads are paved, many are still dirt or gravel. During blizzards, you may find that it takes snow ploughs days to reach your house, so you must plan to be snowed in for an extended period of time every once in awhile. During a flood, you also may be confined to your house if the roads into town are under water.

Travel Time

Living in the country takes more time when it comes to planning activities and arriving at places on time. When you live in the countryside, it may take you substantially longer than your friends who live in the city to get places. Often you must leave earlier to get to events, including school or work.

Activities

Many cities and towns have literature readings, movie theatres and concerts that occur frequently. When you live in the country, you may be less likely to attend these activities due to the inconvenience. Therefore, you must be more creative with coming up with things to do when you live out in the country. On the other hand, more creative or ambitious types might argue that there is more to do in the country, which can be true depending on your interests. In the country, you must rely on more outdoor-oriented activities for entertainment.

Pests

Those who live in the country may have more problems when it comes to pests. Because you are isolated from the city, you are more likely to encounter wildlife that could potentially prey on your pets. You also are likely come into contact with more bugs or snakes, depending on your location. Be ready for the critters if you are making a move to the beautiful countryside.

Isolation

It can be easy for people who live in the country to become isolated. People often find it inconvenient to drive into town. Likewise, their friends may find it bothersome to drive out for visits. This type of behaviour could potentially take a toll on your relationships if you let it come to that.

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