I think many if not most of us long for a rural retreat, if you don’t have one already. Say, 50+ acres with a year round stream or pond, lots of cleared land for extensive gardening, maybe even a secure bunker on site. The reality though is most of us probably can’t afford all that, even with real estate prices the way they are right now.
There are some drawbacks to such a rural location too. For starters, if the S were to truly HTF, could a family of four or five truly secure 50+ acres? Related to that point, there is the problem of securing the buildings today if you don’t live there full-time. A good friend of my wife has a “vacation home,” several hours from where she lives. Nothing fancy, just a small house with a pole barn and a bit of acreage. The property is fairly remote, though there are a couple of neighbors within a mile or two. In the last year, the garage was burned down by an arsonist and the house has been broken into a few times. Local law enforcement is finally, after much cajoling, working to catch the offenders.
If you set up a rural retreat and stockpile it, you’ll have to consider measures to secure your goodies. Consider things like strong doors and locks as well as remote camera systems that allow you to observe the property when you’re not there. One handy gadget you may want to purchase is a remote alarm that calls your cell phone or any other number you program if it detects movement in the home. You can then notify the local authorities as well as view the action live via surveillance camera.
Of course, the pros usually outweigh the cons when it comes to a rural retreat. If you can set it up to be completely off-grid, you don’t have to worry about interruptions in power and such. You have the means to provide for your own needs for food and water. You’re well away from cities and all the chaos that may happen in them.
In many areas, once you get out of the city or town limits, you are not beholden to municipal ordinances that dictate such things as when you can or cannot burn brush or how many dogs you can own.
Plus, moving to a rural retreat just appeals immensely to the independent nature of most preppers and survivalists.
Just remember though, the further you are from any town, the further you are from help if that were to become necessary.