My experiences with living in rural Australia as a single mother began with a decision to move out of the bustling metropolitan area. It was something I’d wanted to do all of my life, and after finding a job in a small town, I finally decided to move away from Sydney to rural Victoria. Picking up my entire life to move to a new location was intimidating at first, but it was well worth the risks. As you can tell by the blog posts I’ve written here in the past, I’m passionate about living where I do. I love the fresh air and the lack of heavy industry, and I can’t imagine living in a busy, noisy place ever again.
One of the most difficult aspects of moving out to the country is organising the move itself. It’s stressful to handle every aspect of the move, and I wouldn’t recommend going into it alone. It might seem appealing to save money by moving your own stuff out to your new location, but figuring out the best route, packing away all of your things so bumps in the road don’t damage your belongings, and handling the logistics is a real pain.
You’re more than welcome to try to tackle it yourself, but for relocating to a rural area, I’d advise choosing a company that does that kind of thing every day. Unless you only have a very limited amount of items to move and you’re not planning on taking your appliances with you, it’s better to bite your tongue and pay someone else to sort it all out. Moving to a new area is stressful enough, and it takes a lot of time to adjust. You have to learn all of the public transport routes, get orientated with your new town, and sort out schools for your children.
When you have enough on your plate as a single mother, it’s much easier to bring in the professionals to get the job done right. The feeling of freedom and independence you get from moving out to the country can’t be described. Until you wake up and breathe the fresh air and experience a slower-paced, less stressful life, you won’t know what I’m talking about! Unless of course you’re already living in a small town.