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Ditch the City and Go Country. Practical advice for country dreamers, rural folk, and urban-dwellers alike, who want to feel more connected to the natural world and the purpose and choices in their lives. A movement is underway of people abandoning the emotional, physical, and financial expenses of city living and crafting their own purpose, livelihoods, and joy in the rural reaches. Urban Exodus gives an intimate and authentic glimpse into the lives of those who decided to embark on the road less traveled to pursue their own interpretation of “The Good Life.” The Urban Exodus Podcast celebrates rural living and shares the stories of those who are crafting creative, sustainable, and self-sufficient lives.

The Urban Exodus Podcast Urban Exodus

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 61 Ratings

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Ditch the City and Go Country. Practical advice for country dreamers, rural folk, and urban-dwellers alike, who want to feel more connected to the natural world and the purpose and choices in their lives. A movement is underway of people abandoning the emotional, physical, and financial expenses of city living and crafting their own purpose, livelihoods, and joy in the rural reaches. Urban Exodus gives an intimate and authentic glimpse into the lives of those who decided to embark on the road less traveled to pursue their own interpretation of “The Good Life.” The Urban Exodus Podcast celebrates rural living and shares the stories of those who are crafting creative, sustainable, and self-sufficient lives.

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    Hometown revival: She left the LA ad world to help her rural hometown community thrive (AD FREE)

    Hometown revival: She left the LA ad world to help her rural hometown community thrive (AD FREE)

    This episode is sponsored by Visit LivCo. Livingston County, New York is the heart of the Genesee River Valley, home of Letchworth State Park, and westernmost gateway to the Finger Lakes. Make LivCo your basecamp for one-of-a-kind hiking, dining and more. Plan your escape at www.visitlivco.com and follow along on Instagram @visitlivco

    I am excited to invite you to my conversation with Melissa Hughes. Melissa and I met through Urban Exodus, as she was a dedicated reader in the early days of the project. When living in Los Angeles, she would often pursue the stories on the website during her lunch breaks, dreaming of her own escape. 

    After a few years of planning, scheming, and rooftop gardening, Melissa and her husband took a leap of faith and left LA  to return to her childhood stomping grounds in rural Western New York. When Livingston County last year made the decision to move their tourism office to the local chamber of commerce, they offered Melissa the role as director of tourism.  

    In our conversation we speak about Melissa's experience moving back to her hometown, finding purpose through your work, the urban/rural divide, rural gentrification and rising costs, and the power of art to transform.

    This is a story about rural revitalization, returning to your hometown, and prioritizing quality of life and family connection.

    Read more about Melissa and see photos from life in Livingston County on urbanexodus.com/blog

    Bonus Rapid Fire Q&A: Melissa Hughes

    Bonus Rapid Fire Q&A: Melissa Hughes

    Bonus Q&A with Livingston County Director of Tourism, Melissa Hughes. Enjoy some fun rapid fire questions and answers to get to know her better, and hear some of her tips and advice on what to do/eat/see in her part of New York.

    Let's talk about ticks

    Let's talk about ticks

    In this episode, we discuss the ultimate country foe: ticks. With changing weather patterns, landscapes, and wildlife populations, ticks are becoming more and more prevalent all over the country. I live in one of the most tick-heavy regions in the US, and have had to learn, for better or worse, how to live with ticks. I discuss the key habits I've incorporated into my life for tick prevention, how to protect your kids, pets, and home, and the mindset I employ in order to not let ticks spoil my enjoyment of the great outdoors.

    This is Ditch the City, our subscriber only arm of the Urban Exodus podcast where I share my expert advice on rural living. I’ve interviewed hundreds of folks who have made the transition from city to country. And I embarked on my own journey from Seattle to the Maine countryside back in 2011. I made many mistakes early on, but learned a lot along the way. In this show I want to help you live your best life and the good life in the country.

    Ancestral Homecoming: From corporate life in NYC to traditional living in rural Honduras (AD FREE)

    Ancestral Homecoming: From corporate life in NYC to traditional living in rural Honduras (AD FREE)

    I am excited to invite you to my conversation with Luisa Batiz. Luisa grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn but her family is from Honduras. When Luisa was a child she spent her summers living off-grid with her relatives in a small village in Honduras.

    Luisa was the first in her family to go to college, and by all accounts she had “made it,” building a successful career in education administration. Although she had reached a level of financial success, she didn’t feel happy or fulfilled in her work. She started questioning the way she was living, the things society was telling her she should strive for and decided to take a leap of faith and move to Honduras full time.
    This is a story about reconnecting with your roots, living with an abundance mindset, and stepping away from convention to create a more fruitful life.

    Read more about Luisa and see photos from her life in Honduras on urbanexodus.com/blog

    Ancestral Homecoming: From corporate life in NYC to traditional living in rural Honduras

    Ancestral Homecoming: From corporate life in NYC to traditional living in rural Honduras

    I am excited to invite you to my conversation with Luisa Batiz. Luisa grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn but her family is from Honduras. When Luisa was a child she spent her summers living off-grid with her relatives in a small village in Honduras.
    Luisa was the first in her family to go to college, and by all accounts she had “made it,” building a successful career in education administration. Although she had reached a level of financial success, she didn’t feel happy or fulfilled in her work. She started questioning the way she was living, the things society was telling her she should strive for and decided to take a leap of faith and move to Honduras full time. 
    This is a story about reconnecting with your roots, living with an abundance mindset, and stepping away from convention to create a more fruitful life.

    Read more about Luisa and see photos from her life in Honduras on urbanexodus.com/blog
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bonus Rapid Fire Q&A: Luisa Batiz

    Bonus Rapid Fire Q&A: Luisa Batiz

    Bonus Q&A with Luisa Batiz. Enjoy some fun rapid fire questions and answers to get to know her better, and hear some of her tips and advice on what to do/eat/see in her region of Honduras

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Sharon3660 ,

A Guide for Living

I read Alissa’s book “Ditch the City and Go Country” several months ago. I loved it! Then I found the UE podcast and the joy has continued. I think many of us dream of finding a life with a rural foundation. Through the interviews, I have gathered so much information from rural folks pursuing their passions. So ready for the next season!!!!

schoonstuff ,

Wonderful!

So many inspiring, passionate and educational stories shared on this podcast. While I am a city dweller, I love a Sunday afternoon filled with these stories from all around that inspire me to maybe one day make a similar leap of my own.

Blackhaven R ,

MUCH NEEDED FOR THESE TIMES!

The world needs to see different people from all walks of life, pursing one common goal, using different methods, for various reasons.

This podcasts is a microcosm of the harmony we create in the world; using different voices to accomplish one beautiful sound.

For whatever reason, people in this country are leaving the city and rat race behind, in search of a more simple life. The host, Alissa, may be one of the nations most underrated & unknown interviewers, but she’s here to dig deep with all the questions listeners want to ask, and many more that we didn’t even know we wanted answers to.

I’m looking forward to many more seasons and more amazing stories!!

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