When you work online, it can sometimes feel like it’s been days since you’ve had a conversation with someone in real life (and sometimes it really is). But if you live in a city, it’s easy to get out of the house, go work in a cafe, meet up with friends, go see a movie, or do some shopping.
Here’s the thing, while living in a remote area is great for some people, for others, it feels like you’re moving to the other side of the world (even if it’s only a few hours away).
Here are the things I’d miss if I moved to a remote area:
Friends and family
Sure, Skype is great, and chatting on Facebook and Whatsapp is a good way to keep in touch. But for most people, this isn’t enough. Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel price-winning economist has summed up his decades of research into happiness in one sentence “Happiness is the experience of spending time with people you love and who love you. For this reason, if you’re relocating for a new job, or for more money, it probably means you need to have a serious think first.
Sometimes in the morning I like to walk across the road and grab a coffee from Starbucks. Other times I like to work in bed and then go find a nice place for lunch to meet up with friends. Living in the city is all about conveniences, and not having to drive for hours to do simple things like grab lunch with friends or pick up a coffee from your favourite coffee shop. One thing that is important to me is being able to get things delivered. And while you can get your gas cylinders delivered wherever you live in the country, the same probably can’t be said for groceries or even good food from your favourite restaurant.
Unfortunately, the kind of wifi you get in the city is usually far superior compared to what you can expect to get in the country or somewhere else remote. When you work online, you usually don’t have time to continually try to reconnect, or stare helplessly at a webpage for five minutes while you wait for it to load. This is something that many people fail to think about before they move, and then realise that it’s not as easy to keep in touch with friends and family as they were previously expecting.
Like it or not, but big cities are just naturally more diverse places to live. You’re likely to have more chances to improve yourself and learn about other cultures and history through things like the theatre, ballet, museums, and more. There’s nothing worse than moving somewhere where everyone has grown up with each other and their world views are narrow and fixed so they sound exactly like their neighbours.