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Have you always lived in the same town/city?

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Polarbear2 Sat 08-May-21 10:16:07

I’ve always lived in the same city but occasionally get the feeling I should try living somewhere else? I’ve felt this much more lately. I feel I’m perhaps missing something?? I once had this conversation with a guy who had lived all around the world. He said it’s not all it seems and ‘you always take yourself with you’. Thoughts/experiences??

Peasblossom Sat 08-May-21 10:22:16

I always like somewhere new, whether it’s travelling or moving home. I like the discovery and meeting new people.

My nightmare would be to live in a village, do the same walks every day, meet the same people no matter what the event is, fete, WI, Garden club, have the same conversation over and over again. I tried it once and just wanted to scream 😱

It was the same with jobs. Three years and I was ready to move on.

I think you’re either one sort of person or the other. 🙂

timetogo2016 Sat 08-May-21 10:25:22

I have always lived within 30 miles of where i am now.
And i loved every house/flat i have lived in.
I wouldn`t want it any different,thats why i love a holiday and a long distance day out.
The UK is the best place for me.

Ellianne Sat 08-May-21 10:27:01

you always take yourself with you
That is so true and you can never run away from things.
I can't count the number of places I have lived in for more than 4 or 5 years at a time and strangely have returned to - Swansea, London, France, London, Devon, France, London, Devon. Going round on circles.
The good thing about moving is having new experiences all the time.
You're not exactly missing anything where you are Polarbear as long as you are happy.

Oopsadaisy1 Sat 08-May-21 10:38:24

Peasblossom outward smiles and inward screams.

I’m living your nightmare.

We moved 60 miles away from home when the children were small, always with that view that we would go ‘home’ of course there is no one left ‘at home’ now and We are stuck here, because DH loves the peace and quiet.

Hellogirl1 Sat 08-May-21 10:40:42

I was born in a hospital in Sheffield, lived in 2 places near Barnsley till I was nearly 13, then moved to Rochdale in Lancashire, lived there and in Heywood till I was 34, when we moved over to Lincolnshire. I`ve been in and around Boston ever since, 44 years in all. Can`t see me moving anywhere else now, although I once had a yen to live in Turkey.

henetha Sat 08-May-21 10:49:00

I was born in a city, have lived in three different towns and now live in the countryside. But all of them in Devon. I would like to have spread my wings further. I would still like to move to a different part of the world.

JaneJudge Sat 08-May-21 10:51:14

I have lived all over the place city, town, coast and country smile I have never lived abroad because of the commitments with my daughter and her care

FindingNemo15 Sat 08-May-21 10:54:34

Peasblossom and Oopsa Totally agree with your comments. We moved from a busy town to a village and it is like stepping back in time. So boring and I often feel suffocated.

JaneJudge Sat 08-May-21 10:56:41

I honestly think it depends on the village, the one I live in now is actually quite supportive and community driven but I did live in one where EVERYONE had an opinion on your business even if they knew F all about you. I am not going to elaborate on this but I found it quite an upsetting and frustrating experience.

tanith Sat 08-May-21 10:58:12

Lived within NW London all my life had a small hankering to live by the sea but it was never going to happen. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Witzend Sat 08-May-21 10:58:35

I can’t imagine always having lived in the same place. My folks moved area a few times times when I was young, and since then I think I’d have a job to remember all the many different addresses - at least four of them abroad.

Having said that, though, we’ve been in this house since 1987 and have no plans to move.

In many ways I think it must be nice, though. As a child and young person I was never able put down proper roots anywhere. Dh OTOH lived in the same house until he left for university, so in spite of many years overseas he still has roots in that area - not far from where we live now.

Polarbear2 Sat 08-May-21 11:15:08

My daughter went travelling at 24 for 6 months. I always envied her. Maybe when mum has gone (she’s 99 so I’m not being mean!) I might do that. Scratch the itch.

Katek Sat 08-May-21 11:22:22

I wish! Not even same country let alone same city as my father was in the RAF. 17 schools attended so that gives some idea of my peripatetic upbringing! I’ve lived in 3 different areas of Scotland since marrying but in 8 different houses.

Kate1949 Sat 08-May-21 11:28:20

I've always lived in Birmingham and I love it. Mind you, a friend, who moved from here some years ago to a coastal town, said to me yesterday on the phone 'I worry about you living there' confused Cheeky so and so.

Polarbear2 Sat 08-May-21 11:44:48

It’s interested me seeing various posters on here saying they moved to the seaside. Where did they/you go? I can’t think where I’d go (that I can afford!). Do you go to big seaside towns or little villages?? Aren’t they bleak in winter? My ex late MiL lived on flamborough cliffs. It wasn’t nice most of the time.

Pittcity Sat 08-May-21 12:02:27

I've always lived in the same county, but have moved from the bottom to the top in increments.
We are in a big town with the sea and countryside a short drive away. Best of both!!

nanna8 Sat 08-May-21 12:07:55

I have lived all over the place. Born in London and went to school there. Lived in Lancashire whilst at uni. Moved to Kenilworth then emigrated to Australia in my early 20 s. Lived in Victoria, then Tasmania then back to Victoria and different parts of Melbourne. We have lived in our current house the longest of any, since 1992. There are some places I know I could never live. Perth in WA is one of them and probably not Sydney,either.

Anniebach Sat 08-May-21 12:08:25

Always lived in Wales, in five counties

Calendargirl Sat 08-May-21 12:10:32

I live about 5 miles from where I was born (at home).

I used to work in the village where I attended primary school, and now live in the market town where I attended grammar school, and I worked there when I first left school.

Not for everyone, I realise, but I like seeing people around me that I have known all my life.

Redhead56 Sat 08-May-21 12:22:49

I lived in the inner city until we moved in 1962 to the outskirts. It was an estate built on farm land on the outskirts of a village. I once moved five miles away and was homesick so I moved back. I live less than a mile away from my family home and it's built up a lot over the years with various housing. It's a nice enough area we are across the road from woods. There is still farmland in the area maybe I am not adventurous but I am happy here it's familiar.

Amberone Sat 08-May-21 12:29:12

Until 20 years ago hadn't lived in the same area for longer than 5 years - 1 year in Devon, 3 years in Germany, 3 years in Singapore, 4 years in Cheshire, 5 years (and 3 addresses) in London, 2 years in Norfolk, 2 years in California, 2 years in Sydney, 4 years in Hertfordshire, 1 year in Sussex, and now over 20 years in Surrey. 1 more move to go next year (hopefully). Plus a couple of short stints in South Wales (under a year each time). In case it's not obvious I had a military family 🙂

greenlady102 Sat 08-May-21 12:30:26


Grannybags Sat 08-May-21 12:30:30

Born in Kent and always lived in London/SE London areas until we moved to just outside Bristol 40 years ago.

I still feel like a foreigner!

farview Sat 08-May-21 14:01:04

Have had 18 addresses since getting married 49 years ago..including 6years in various places in South Africa, 1year in Libya, H has worked all over the world so got to go stay with him in some beautiful places....