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The Urban Exodus Podcast

Society-and-culture • Leisure • Business

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 ofRead more

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