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Do you have this fantasy of escaping city life too?

Asked by Paradox1 (1167 points ) January 6th, 2012

I am constantly dreaming of leaving my life in the city (I live in LA) behind and moving or traveling to small cities and towns away from the hussle and bussle. I am very fond of nature and would love to be some place that has great scenery and somewhat isolated. I guess I am a bit of a loner by choice. I know where I live most outdoor activities are a quick drive, however I really feel the urge to BE and live in a less urbanized environment.

I am wondering if this is a passing fantasy or if it is something more. I have lived my whole life in LA… will I be bored if I move away (even if only for months) with my whole way of life being changed? I also love traveling, and would love to travel to all places remote and well, NOT urban. Oceans, mountains, fields, etc. Do you share this fantasy too? Have you lived it? Please share =)

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marinelife's avatar

I have felt that way. Perfect for me would be to live out somewhere rural and have a pied a terre in the city.

I moved to an island which was not very built up and was heavily forested. You had to wither drive over an hour or take a ferry to get off of the island. I loved my time there.

If you can move into a less urban environment, you should, and see how you like it.

digitalimpression's avatar

I grew up in a tiny town. Because of that I longed for the city life. Now, having traveled a bit and lived the city life also, I can’t wait to retire and live in a smaller place again. The smaller towns I’ve experienced have a slower pace, less crime, and friendlier people.

Think about your best friend. You guys love each other to death, but if you were in close proximity for a long time you might start to wear on each others nerves. I think the same principal works in a large urban environment. You interact with people non-stop, all day. They are flooding through doors, filling up shopping aisles and making rush hour terrible. In a small town it’s the opposite.

It’s sort of a social feng shui. The busier everyone else is, and the more that is happening around you adds to your stress level.

But to answer your question if it’s a passing fantasy or not.. no one can really know but you. Some people thrive on and enjoy city life and wouldn’t trade it.

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