There is a myriad of reasons that people may develop a yearning for small-town life, such as the traffic, crime, noise, overcrowding, or the relentless rat race of living in the big City. Whatever the reason, you need to prepare for the move by planning for the change of lifestyle.
Although salaries are higher, property prices and the general cost of living are a lot higher in big towns and cities. One advantage to this could be in the sale price of your existing property and the upsizing of your new home.
If you can, have a job lined up before you take the plunge, as getting a new Job in a small village could be challenging and you may have to travel to another city for employment opportunities. Alternatively, you could run your own business, but you need to ensure that you have access to the internet, where you are located.
Some of the benefits of raising kids outside the big city, is the freedom to run around and explore nature in a cleaner, calmer, and friendlier environment. Schools in smaller cities and Towns, usually have less violence and better discipline.
Accessing a plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc. may take longer if there is a limited number of these services, better to be prepared for an emergency, by learning the basic knowledge to get your electricity and water supply back up and running, as soon as possible.
The biggest shock initial shock would be to realise that you cannot go to a local supermarket. However, you can use this as a challenge and change your dietary habits for the better.
Making new friends will be easier, since people in the smaller towns and villages tend to be friendly and helpful.
Thanks for reading and Good luck in your planned move.