Some families need to transition from urban location to a rural area. This could happen when the husband needs to work in a mining or construction site. Retirement may also encourage families to relocate to peaceful rural areas. However, it is important that we are able to prepare the whole family for this kind of change. First of all, we should make sure that family members don’t mind getting dirty. In reality, city dust is much more harmful than dirt in rural areas. There are much less chemical contaminants and any organic pollutants in rural areas can be eradicated using proper disinfectants. In general, the family should be prepared to deal with more dirt and little or no pavement.
One big change that people may experience during rural relocation is the availability of Internet service. Although many rural areas have received Internet access, it still isn’t the same with what we get in city centers. Even if there’s DSL connection through local telephone line, the speed can be atrociously slow. It is also less likely that we will still get 4G LTE and we may only get 3G or EDGE signal quality. When we are preparing for the rural lifestyle, it is important that we reduce our dependence on Internet access. We should be willing to do other activities that don’t involve the Internet. We may only be able to send some emails and perform limited social networking activities. If we still need decent Internet access, it is important to do our homework before we choose a place to move.
If we live in a rural area, it is also important that we are able to become more flexible. Rural experience could provide us with plenty of possibilities if we are being flexible. There are many things that we can’t find in the city areas. If we are able to go with the flow, the rural life can be quite rewarding. Another change that we need to consider is that the closer relationship with neighbors and other people in the village or small town. It means that we need to remove that city life mindset and we need to be more willing to help others. Because the family will live in a more remote area, neighbors can be lifesavers in many emergency situations. Each person may have specific skill that can be used to contribute in the small community.
Other than the willingness to offer help, we shouldn’t hesitate to ask for help. This is how rural life is supposed to be. There are many questions that we need to ask to the locals and we need to hang out more with them during our spare time. As an example, we may not what happen in the area during the winter or other times of the year. Locals may also teach us to do gardening, because it is a common activity in the area. We should be able to embrace the local customs. Life in the rural areas can be quite rewarding and peaceful. Locals should be happy to help us, the former city dwellers.