Flexible working has led to an exodus of people to the country. But does rural living really beat the city for health and wellbeing?
It has been the dream of retirees for thousands of years: to escape the urban sprawl and settle down in the countryside where the air is cleaner, and the life is quieter, and healthier.
Even Roman emperor Diocletian retired to the coast, so taken was he with the idea of getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The first ruler to voluntarily abdicate, he swapped persecuting Christians for the simple pleasures of tending a vegetable patch.
These days, thanks to technological advances, growing numbers of professionals are choosing to base themselves in the countryside, not to retire, but because in many industries there is simply no need to be chained to a desk in the city. A broadband connection and the choice of a phone, tablet or phablet is all that you need.
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