For many, living in the country is a dream that they hope to one day turn into their reality. It is an ambition that drives those who work in the city to put in the extra hours so that they might one day leave behind the rushed-off-your-feet lifestyle of the concrete jungle.
On the other hand, it is also true that there are many who go the other way – looking to make the move to the big city because the hustle-bustle and city lights offer thrills and excitement. While career opportunities may come in waves inside the Metropolitan bubble, so, too, does an inflated cost of living and a public transport system where, seemingly, everyone is in a rush…despite the next tube arriving just a few minutes later!
In the country, away from the rat race, is a simpler and quieter way of life. If you prefer to wake up to a beautiful sunrise appearing over the hills and having the time to sit down and enjoy your breakfast, then perhaps country side living is for you.
The air quality that is found hen surrounded by open landscapes and in coastal areas is much purer than in the densely populated cities, pumping endless amounts of emissions into the environment. For example, the air pollution rating in London is 66.16, which is incredibly high when compared to Worcester’s score of 16.67, which residents at both Leedons Residential Park and Broadway Park both benefit from. The cleaner air out in the country lends itself to a much healthier way of living.
For a lot of people, noise pollution is another key factor in the decision to leave behind the city, especially the closer to the city centre you are based. In the country, it is a joy to be able to sit and relax outside with the sound of traffic and parties being replaced by crickets and chirping birds; you can really find refuge away from all of that when living in the countryside.
In big cities such as London, it is well-documented that the cost of living is much higher than in other parts of the country. For instance, the average house price is around £650,000, compared to the national average of just under £350,000, while the ‘real living wage’ is calculated to be £10.75 an hour in the capital compared to £9.30 an hour across the rest of the UK.
While city life can be more expensive, your overall living costs are determined based on which part of the country you are looking to move to. Outside of the typical Metropolitan bubble, you will undoubtedly find a plethora of beautifully scenic areas in which to live that won’t be as much of a drain on your finances.
Safety is paramount when it comes to choosing a place to live, and, if you look at the crime rate for rural areas compared to urban areas, you will see a stark contrast. As per 2018/19 figures released by the government, the rate of violence against a person was 20.2 per 1,000 population in predominantly rural areas, rising to 29.5 per 1,000 population in predominantly urban areas. On top of that, your vehicle is statistically more than twice as likely to be stolen or interfered with in urban areas (9.5 per 1,000 population) than in rural areas (4.3 per 1,000 population).
With those of whom considering moving to rural areas generally either close to, or already at, the age of retirement, living somewhere that is safe and quiet is a key factor in the decision process. For families that are looking for somewhere to raise children, or even as seniors looking for a location that will be safe for when the grandchildren come over, the local crime rate should always be considered.
Opening your curtains to see green landscapes, trees and wildlife as far as the eye can see is a huge plus for country side living, and often has much more appeal than the concrete jungle that is on offer in bigger cities. Not only that, it’s much healthier for you, too, as large buildings that stop natural light from filling your home can reduce the amount of Vitamin D your body takes in on a daily basis. In addition, improved natural lighting also reduces your reliance on artificial sources such as lightbulbs. This, in turn, reduces your carbon footprint as well as energy bills.
The open space, mixed with fresh clean air, lends itself to adventure encouraging you to get out and explore the beautiful countryside. Many people pay good money to visit the UK’s countryside, whereas you could have it right on your doorstep. As cities continue to expand, sadly that has a negative result on the wondrous landscape that we so often take for granted, so we should certainly ensure that we enjoy all that the countryside has to offer.
Living in the countryside will have many positive effects to both your physical and mental wellbeing, making it much easier for you to get out of the house and go for a walk, run or cycle with an astonishing natural backdrop. Those who live in open spaces with plenty of greenery are likely to benefit from reduced levels of cortisol, which is the hormone most associated with stress. Just five minutes spent outside, taking in the scenery, can have a drastic effect on reducing your stress levels, making for a much more relaxed and calm way of life.
If you have decided that the country lifestyle is calling you then you will be pleased to learn that Allens Caravans operates several residential parks in the UK. You can view the park homes we have available through our website or, alternatively, you can call a member of our team directly on 01564 792323 today for more information.
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