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Most of us don’t really think about where we are making our homes in too much detail. It’s the kind of big decision we make on the fly, going with our instincts and usually picking the same safe option everyone else has gone for. It’s not really a surprise that so many people find themselves living in a cut-out house identical to next door and wondering what happened.
But if you were to give your life choices a little more thought – what would you do? Would you choose to live somewhere else or would you nod quietly to yourself knowing that you have made the right decision?
The lifestyle you lead is massively affected by where you choose to live. For example, let’s say you are thinking about moving to the UK. Are you ready for a British lifestyle and everything that entails from the drizzle that hangs around for most of the year to the almost unbelievable passion for tea and fish and chips?
When you can choose to live anywhere in the world, it’s often a good idea to think about the kind of lifestyle you aspire to but you must also consider what is realistic for your family. So, before you write your moving checklist, you should think about the kind of lifestyle you are looking for and which areas would work well. Every city, town and village has a character and attracts a certain kind of person – figure out where your match is and that’s where you should make your home.
Of course, most families have to make a compromise somewhere and the suburbs rather suggest that the compromise is between the busy excitement of the city and the quiet homeliness of the country. Compromise is good, just make sure that you are still getting all the most important things on your list.
Family and Friends
Your network is really important, especially if you have young children. While moving far away might sound appealing on some days, the reality is that you’d really like to be able to meet up with friends for a spontaneous day out when you fancy it. And your family is a natural support network for everything you need.
While you can make friends anywhere – and you should give yourself opportunities to make new friends all the time – leaving friends behind can be tough. Your friends often reflect your values and aspirations so they are natural motivators and it’s common for you to live similar lifestyles. But there’s one big exception. If your friends are drifting in a different direction and it’s one you can’t follow, it might be time to forge your own path and decide what you really want for yourself.
The best place to make your home is the place that feels most like you. If you want excitement and people, the city will work. If you want quiet and isolated, you know where you need to be. You should make your home where you feel most happy and fulfilled, even if that’s a lot to ask from a few bricks!