Small towns are cute, quirky and green. They are safe, comforting and friendly.
Everyone seems to know of one another and celebrate the same things in the same environment.
But this means that small towns can also be gossipy, stifling and routine.
Big cities are different, fun and challenging. They are tall, concrete and filled with endless possibilities.
They take you out of your comfort zone into a sometimes overwhelming place where you can make new friends and have new experiences every day.
But this means that big cities can also be fickle, lonely and expensive.
I grew up in a small town, and whilst I appreciate it was a nice little place to grow up, I think I was always a big city girl at heart.
Being an avid traveller doesn’t always mean you are necessarily a big city person, although it probably helps. Sometimes it’s the small towns that really show you what a place is like and who the people really are.
But I am a big city person and just the thought of going to a global city like London or New York gets me excited. Big cities are also big enough that they contain many smaller places to explore.
Being in a big city that you are familiar with gives you a sense of achievement and conquest, especially when you can navigate to your favourite places without a map.
But big cities are so big, that even in my home city of Sydney I often need to whip out Google maps to find out where that new restaurant is.
Small towns have their place and perhaps I wouldn’t be who I am today, or get that big city buzz as much, if I hadn’t grown up in a small town.
I still enjoy visiting my hometown of Berry, all the memories I have there and I am looking forward to taking my daughter to my birth town of Weymouth hoping that she can see what I see.
But I also can’t wait to take her to Central Park or a show at the West End; to see what she makes of the big hills of San Francisco or the mountains of Vancouver.
I wonder if she will be a big city girl with small town values like me, or just be a sophisticated city chick with no time for small town matters. I guess only time will tell…