Having recently visited New York City I was reminded once again of the vibrancy and high level of energy that is part of a major city. The flip side, of course, is a greater level of stress dealing with crowds and higher prices.
Growing up in New Jersey I would read through the want ads in the Sunday Times when I was in high school, imaging my post-college job and then looking at pages of apartments for rent. My older sisters, however, were the ones who actually made that move while I left the Northeast and felt that I had escaped safely.
For people who have always lived in a major city, the concept of a small city or town generally offers a scary concept of nothing to do and not being able to find things they are accustomed to. To me, I have experienced that living in a town offers you a chance to get involved and actually find your voice has a place of value. As for not finding things I used to have more readily available, well, I have adjusted my “needs” somewhat and buy in bulk when I go to a larger city when I travel.
Traveling permits us try the other lifestyle, a chance to jump into the exciting rapids of a large city, or to laze in the tranquil pace of a slow float in a rural area. If you have never explored an alternative pace of life, think about it as a way to expand your own horizons in new ways for your next vacation.