I'm 25 and I moved from Moscow to Vichuga
Health is restored, breathing becomes easier, and psychologists have proven that those who live closer to nature are less likely to be stressed than in concrete anthills.
Prices for Moscow real estate are discouraging: one-room apartments away from the center cost an average of 7-8 million rubles, and somewhere in Plyos they are at least half the price. Such a gap is typical not only for Russia: for example, in the USA, millennials move en masse from New York to Seattle, Dallas and San Diego precisely because of the huge difference in housing costs. The owners of Moscow apartments often rent them out and live comfortably in the provinces, where you can rent an entire house for that money.
In the regions, it is more affordable not only to buy, but also to rent apartments, travel by taxi and public transport, food, and entertainment. Let's compare: in Moscow you can rent a modest “odnushka” for 30-40 thousand rubles per month, in Shuya there are options for 6-8 thousand rubles; ticket for public transport in the capital – 61 RUB, in Shuya – 27 RUB; a dinner for two in a Moscow eatery costs an average of 2500 RUB, in a Shuya restaurant it costs 1000-1500 RUB.
Residents of megacities are constantly stuck in traffic jams: for example, St. Petersburg residents annually spend a total of about 6 days in them. The average Muscovite spends more than an hour on the road from home to work, while a Sochi resident spends about 50 minutes. In small settlements there are no such distances, which means that you can save precious time for rest, hobbies and communication with loved ones.
Studies show that residents of small towns are less likely to stay up late at work – fortunately, they have something to do in their spare time. In Vichuga, you can walk around the old temples and the art museum, in Shuya, pre-revolutionary architecture has been preserved, Plyos generally turns into a tourist Mecca – the surrounding forests, beaches and colorful houses over the Volga are too picturesque. And, of course, there are restaurants, cinemas, shops and fitness rooms everywhere, so you can not be afraid of boredom. In metropolitan areas, the crime rate is higher, and the civilized province is calmer and safer.
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It is not necessary to change jobs when moving: the aforementioned author « Subtleties ”creates in Vichuga no less fruitfully than in Moscow. During the pandemic, everyone has become accustomed to remote work, and now the actual location of an employee is not always a determining factor for an employer. But even if you have to re-employ (and, most likely, switch to a lower salary), this is unlikely to significantly affect the quality of life – again, due to the difference in prices. And starting your own business in the field of trade and services, according to entrepreneurs, is easier not in megacities, but in the provinces, where competition is not so fierce, and renting premises and equipment is more profitable.