3 big urban life problems and how to solve them
Even if you love your city, it’s not without its share of problems. Some more serious than others. Here are three of the most common problems we find in urban life and how to solve them.
Getting away from the noise
Every city is noisy by nature. If you’re lucky enough that where you live keeps you away from the noise then at least you have somewhere to go. If you don’t have that luxury then things can get pretty tedious. There’s only so many hours you can spend with your headphones in.
Depending on your city there are a few options though. Parks are great but not the kind of place you want to stay at night or in the middle of winter. Public buildings like museums are usually pretty quiet but you can only spend as much time there as it takes to check out the exhibits. Libraries pretty much cater to hanging out, even if you’re not into reading. Grab a membership and head down with your laptop, most of them have wifi now. You could hang out in a library from opening to closing. As long as you’re not loud you’ll have a quiet place whenever you need it.
Everything is Expensive
There’s not much you can do about this one. If you live in a city it’s going to be expensive. When it comes to rent and bills, you can budget but it’s only going to go so far. Most expenses tend to be smaller ones. Eating out, transport etc. There’s no single solution to everything unfortunately. Keeping costs down in a city is more a way of life than a couple of steps.
Learning to cook is a big one and, to be honest, can be just as expensive starting out. However, if you pick it up it’s one of the best ways to save some money.
Public transport is another big one. Depending on where you have to go and what city you’re in it could be the only option. Buying a bike is a decent alternative if your main travel destinations are within range, replacing a stolen bike isn’t so proceed with caution.
Unless you’re actively mugging people there isn’t much you can do to stop crime. What you can do is stop yourself from being a victim. Ideally you wouldn’t have to take precautions because the problem wouldn’t exist but until everyone gets woke, here we are. Muggings and other crimes that are dominant in the city are usually pretty random but there are some things to watch out for. You’re not likely to wander into a neighbourhood you don’t know at 2 a.m. but even in your own backyard, keep your eyes open. Keeping your wits about you is 90% of the job.
If you do end up a victim, most of the time your ego isn’t going to help you much. Tell everyone you got a few good shots in later but when you’re in the situation, take the easiest way out of it. One piece of advice most commonly given to prevent situations like this is to throw your wallet or whatever else is being demanded. The statistics say most muggers will go after your valuables so you can take the opportunity to leave.
These are some of the biggest problems we come across with city life. What are yours? Comment and let us know.