1. The Diversity
Europe is rich in its many cultures, languages and landscapes. Sometimes it only takes a short ride to feel like you’ve reached an entirely new world, both in terms of natural biodiversity and the cultural differences. It is common for multiple nationalities to be living together for centuries, influencing each other and creating a true melting pot of lifestyles. Towns and villages also tend to maintain their authentic vibe, without the flashy shopping malls and endless parking lots.
2. More time in your day for what matters
Time can feel like it’s slipping out of your hands when you’re in a busy city. From the long commutes, waiting in lines and constantly rushing, little by little, you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day, wondering where your time went. Smaller towns and villages allow you to live at your pace and gain control of how you use your time.
3. Less polution
Breathing high levels of pollutants is becoming an increasing risk for city dwellers, with a wide range of diseases being connected to the air quality around us. Good news is that Europe has the highest number of places reporting data on air pollution and, luckily, the situation is much better in villages and towns than it is in big cities. The same goes for other types of pollution, such as light pollution, which also influences our health, as well as our ecosystems and aesthetic environments. This means that rural Europe offers some of the best stargazing spots, away from the artificial lights limiting the view of the skies.
Smaller communities also mean less visual pollution, as there are far less signs, advertisements and billboards grabbing your attention.
4. Peace and quiet
Noise is oftentimes defined as “unwanted sound”, something that rural environments in Europe don’t struggle with. Of course, don’t expect complete silence, as you’ll surely get to hear a rooster or two at dawn, or some other animals mooing, buzzing and meowing around. Less noise means getting better rest, and all in all enjoying living more peacefully.
5. Eating locally
Spending time in villages gives you access to fresh ingredients grown locally, as well as produce such as cheese, oil and jams. All around Europe, different regions are famous for their food and the locals take great pride in continuing the tradition. Additionally, by buying from a nearby farmer, you will be supporting small producers, individuals and their families.
6. Explorers only
If you care for more than finding a perfect selfie spot when you’re travelling, rural Europe is the place to explore this summer, allowing you to uncover the hidden gems and experience the true, authentic way of living. In places where tourists don’t normally go, such as in smaller, less known rural spots, the locals are more open to share about their hometown. Sometimes they will not be speaking English, so you’ll have an even more authentic experience! Apart from that, all the other visitors you’ll see will be like-minded, the adventurers, pioneers and people looking for the real deal, more than just a place where everyone else goes.
7. The weather
If you’re after the warm, sunny days, rural Europe is again the answer. Hot weather awaits in most of the continent, however the cities much of the cities are paved and devoid of vegetation, meaning the heat waves get serious. In the countryside, you’ll be able to enjoy what summer is all about, spend more of your time outdoors and catch the breeze while riding a bicycle.
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