I write this thread for two reasons. Firstly, and mainly, to physically write it out and help me to comprehend it more concretely. Secondly to allow for feedback, tips or tricks, and general commentary.
I am a freshman in college with just one more week and finals week, then summer starts for me. I recently received some life changing information. This information has affected every aspect of my life and caused me to reevaluate my life, particularly my academic path. I may not return next semester or continue in schooling at all. I plan to pack all the things I need to live (primarily camping gear) in to my car and take to the road for a year or more this summer. I would do so by working and saving up a few hundred dollars and then heading out. I would camp out of my car. I have extensive experience in the outdoors so I am confident in this aspect of my plan. I would look for odd jobs and short time employment in towns when I needed money. I would only need money for gas and food and the occasional piece of replacement gear. The more I think about where I see myself in 10 years, the more I see myself working to save money to buy a piece of land in rural Colorado or Montana and homesteading. I would raise/kill most of my food and be as self reliant as possible. I realize the work involved, but I see it as exchanging one struggle for another. I would rather be putting in manual labor for myself to survive than to work a petty job in a city to pay my bills. The only issue I can see with this is if I decide that I want to do something different, but I guess that's part of the reason I want to live on the road for a while, do some soul searching. Please don't hesitate to offer suggestions, point out flaws, or even just ridicule me for my ideas. Thanks for reading and (potentially) offering responses.