Front Photo: Bowral Jack Bass

Many people  seek a treechange for a calmer lifestyle and a way of getting away from modern life.  However, is it the right move for you?

Like a seachange, the opportunity of escaping the ‘rat race’ with its traffic jams, noise, development and pollution is a very attractive option.

It’s a personal choice and only you can decide. However, let’s look at some considerations.

Photo: East Tamworth, NSW, Julia Mitchell

Some Treechange Benefits

There may be an improvement in health with less stress and pollution. People may also feel a stronger connection to the environment.

The cost of living may be lower, generally. However, transport and shipping of goods may be higher.

Smaller towns can have a strong support network. How good is it to have people actually say ‘G’day’ in the street rather than passing by without a greeting.

Photo: Galahs, Cooma, Megan Clark

Before Your Treechange

If you are used to the continual ‘busyness’ of the city it may take a while to adjust to the quietness of country life.  A city person who moved to the country said that she couldn’t believe how noisy the cows were at night!

Check out the employment opportunities. What’s the likelihood of finding work, or being able to work remotely? 

Explore the facilities and utilities. Are there services that you really need? Do they exist in your desired area?  Also, what about supplies, eg: office, pharmaceutical/medical, variety in shops?

Will your friends and family visit?  I’ve met people who say their friends and family come to visit a few times then the ‘novelty’ wears off.

You can read more about treechange here

For Kerry Anderson, author of Australian Rural Entrepreneurs, Castlemaine in Victoria is the tops: ‘I love the heritage and the bush which is only a few minutes away from the CBD, not to mention beautiful botanical gardens for those wanting a more easy walk’.

Finally, do your research carefully, explore in all seasons.
Is it possible to ‘try before you buy’ (spend time in the area before moving).

Jill Weeks has been an educator and author for many years. She is the author of 21 Ways To Retire, which gives insights into how 21 Australians from different backgrounds adjusted to retirementJill is also the co-author with her husband, Owen, of several editions of Where To Retire In Australia and one of Retire BizziShe is also a contributor to radio and publications.

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