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Old 04-05-2015, 03:08 PM   #29
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All the data says stay in school, earn more money over a lifetime. I don't think just a high school education cuts it anymore.
I'm not speaking from experience since I did okay and I never did get the two courses I needed for graduation. Web designer is one of those courses you see advertised on TV, suggesting that there are thousands upon thousands of web designers out there.
On the other hand, lots of baristas out there with BAs too.
I tend to agree with Glenn.

One of the thoughts that ran through my head when I read the opening post was, "if you want a carefree life on the road in the way you describe, Don't get anyone pregnant."

Edited: or get pregnant, whichever scenario applies.
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Alex,

Life is really short, even if you live the normal life span or even longer.

Deciding what you want from life (or from anything) is the key, creating a plan is extremely useful, it provides a measuring stick.

I would invest a couple of months to figure out what I needed in terms of money (a budget) and equipment for the adventure (a list), read every thing I could on the topic (there are tons of people who have done it), meet people with experience (they are everywhere), and draw up a little plan.

I'd probably run the plan by some more experienced person and begin pulling the resources together. (You might be surprised by how much of the needed stuff can be collected from family and friends.)

I'd begin by executing the plan on a smaller scale, camping locally for a week or month. This will give a little experience and let you know what you need and be a test of your plan.

When we began I read everything, bought a used RV, parked it on the lawn and lived in it for a couple of months, kept track of everything we spent. completed some short travels and eventually took off for our first year, now in year 14.
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When we began I read everything, bought a used RV, parked it on the lawn and lived in it for a couple of months, kept track of everything we spent. completed some short travels and eventually took off for our first year, now in year 14.
You forgot to mention that you did this at age 60-ish after working for forty years; not at the age of 18, with no work experience and no post-secondary education, and no resources.
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You forgot to mention that you did this at age 60-ish after working for forty years; not at the age of 18, with no work experience and no post-secondary education, and no resources.
Glenn I did it at 58 but what I described is generally how I've approached life.

At 16 I decided that the person one marries is critical to a successful life, maybe the most important decision. I recognized most people fell in love without conscious criteria, usually for almost without reasons. Often this results in poor or failed marriages, a terrible tragedy for all. I had seen in in my own family.

I considered the 400 girls in my high school class and made a list of 3 I thought would make life long partners. I dated each of them and decided on Ginny. I became engaged to Ginny as a junior in college and married her upon graduation.

So what I suggested is mostly, but not always, my way.

I'm from a different time than Alex, When I got out of high school, you most likely went to college, you finished in four years, you married, bought a home, had a family, life in 1964 was more programmed... there was little dilly dallying through college, the military saw to that.

There is a bigger measure of freedom today, unless you are truly focused and choose a good field of study college could be a large expenditure with poor financial results. So many fields of study offer little hope of solid employment.

I don't know Alex. Life is a series of choices, best choices are made with information and plans and not whimsy. If he makes conscious choices, he'll be able to make appropriate choices as he goes along.

Just one person's perspective.
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Lots of good advice given. Lin & Larry Pardey cruised on Saraffyn, a small, 24' sailboat. They said, "Go small, go simple, go now". They have had a very full life of travel and adventure since setting sail to live their dreams. However, Larry was a skilled seaman, carpenter and knew all about boat maintenance. He worked for about 10 years before realizing his dreams. Anyway, your desires/story made me recall Lin & Larry Pardey and their "Go small, go simple, go now" seems to fit somewhat into your desired egg plans. I agree with many, if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. If you will continue to develop your web-design/application skills and business, it may be your ticket to such a lifestyle. Many of us have had dreams, such as you, but chose the safe and norm life instead, hoping we could realize our dreams later in life. Then mortgages, family, medical issues and other family obligations change, alter or delay our dreams, or worse, we never pursue the dream and it fades or dies with each passing year. It takes courage to make things happen and pursue a change in your lifestyle, but, if you want it bad enough, you will figure it out. Having said all of this, I believe it is vital that you have or find skill-sets that are marketable and offer you the ability to find employment throughout your travels. This may require trade school or some level of add'l education. Good luck and I hope your dreams come true.
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Living free is possible spiritually, but not physically. So, you do have some financial hurdles to get over and time will tell how that shapes up for you. While your figuring it out remember two things: 1. Delayed gratification is not a bad thing, but a wise principle of many who have achieved great things, and, 2. Life is what happens while we're making our plans. I applaud your asking for advice on this forum and look forward to reading your reply to ideas offered here.
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Well, we have 3 pages of replies to the original poster's one and only post on this website.
I think this topic has run it's course, and is now closed.
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