I’m proud to present this week’s guest post from fellow friend and blogger, Rafiqua Israel. She’s a lovely South African girl passionate about travel and photography. Her blog has amazing photo essays and tips for your travel or life in South Korea. In today’s post, Rafiqua discusses why living in the Korean countryside is much better than life in the city.
1. Trips to the big cities are more fun
When you live outside a big city, chances are you enjoy traveling to bigger places like Seoul and Busan. Because you don’t do to it as often as people who live there, there are always new, exciting things for you to see and do. My favorite part is going to great foreign restaurants and seeing famous historical landmarks.
2. You can make a good friendship network and see your friends often
The most common complaint my friends from Daegu, Seoul and Busan have is the difficulty to meet their friends. Usually the distance is so large it can take up to an hour to meet each other. Therefore, it’s not easy to meet frequently within the week. Also, chances of randomly bumping into your friends are slim.
Living in a rural city means you’re more likely to be close to somebody. In my small neighborhood, I can walk in any direction and be at a friend’s apartment within 4 to 5 minutes. It’s also much easier to make and keep friends in a small city as opposed to a big city.
In smaller cities, everybody usually knows everybody, you’re always included in events, and there’re only a few central places to hang out. Even if you decide to go out alone, you’re bound to bump into people you know who will stop for a chat.
3. You get to be surrounded by beauty, fresh air & peace and quiet
There’s nothing better than waking up to peaceful surroundings, looking out your window, and seeing clean air. I love when I’m on the bus or driving my car and observing open space around me. It’s really lovely to admire peaceful, untouched nature which doesn’t really exist in big cities, apart from designated forests or parks.
Another perk of rural cities is you can enjoy nature much more than your big city counterparts. It’s effortless to get yourself to a hidden hiking trail, rice field or beautiful beach, when that is all that surrounds you. Within twenty minutes, I can be lazing on the beach; something people in big cities can’t do.
4. Everyone is peaceful…No Bali-Bali culture here!
Korea is well known for its “bali bali” culture. I often get a headache when I visit Seoul because everything is so crowded and busy. People are always rushing somewhere or for something. It’s pleasant to walk around our little downtown shopping street, not be stuck in crowds of people, and be free from being bumped into.
5. You can save money!
The ultimate benefit of living in a small place is you can save a lot of money. There are fewer opportunities to spend your money because rural towns don’t have amusement parks and a big selection of places to shop. Staying home and cooking is more popular than going out to restaurants to eat because of the limited number of good western restaurants. Cooking is also cheaper because small cities have more access to cheap and fresh vegetable and seafood markets.
Rafiqua Israel is a South African girl, passionate about travel and photography. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her friends and taking pictures. Her hobbies include reading books, spending time at the beach and cooking. You can find her at her blog, Facebook or Twitter.