Rufus Laggren wrote:Erik
Welcome. Dreams are good. You certainly have the material resources to set off and get started. But there is huge work, long hours, even loss ahead, too. (What? I'm a fortune teller?!! Not hardly. This stuff happens to everybody anyway. <g>)
So. Are there any places or people that draw you? This "one year" thing is significant but if you don't have direct knowledge of the places you might want to settle it could be worth spending time visiting and learning in person, as opposed to putting _all_ your efforts into learning skills. As they say, it's not _what_ you know but _who_ you know. You can learn skills while settled in one place but you can't visit and see and learn different places and people while holding down a job or planting your piece of land. IOW, if you want to date some girls to learn a few things and see what's out there, do it before getting married - cuz it's not going to work real well _after_ you get married... Particular skills may not be as important as learning, experiencing, various people and places so you develop some feelings for what matters to you.
Jen Shrock wrote: About the scrap yard...
Jen Shrock wrote: Keep in mind that, as you get your system established, there will more than likely be supplimental food that you will need.
Jen Shrock wrote: Also, will you have a vehicle (registration, insurance, maintenance and fuel costs). If you don't have a vehicle, you will have to hire someone to bring in the larger materials you will need.
Dawn Hoff wrote:In Indonesia you can long term rent a house with a small acreage for $600 pr. year - but as a foreigner you can't buy. In Thailand you can buy a house - it's a bit more expensive (don't know the prices).
Dawn Hoff wrote: In Spain you can buy a small piece of land for €30.000 on the coast, less if you are willing to move in land (with hotter summers and colder winters). You won't get planning permission on such a small piece of land though
Dawn Hoff wrote: Another option is finding a commune somewhere - if that is your thing - you can probably buy a part of the commune and they most likely have a food production already, and you get community from day one..
David Livingston wrote:Why dont you go wwoofing for a while and look out for a place that way?
M Foti wrote: Do your research, find the place where you think you want to go, then WWOOF there, at least that way you aren't wasting the travel money to get there since you would be travelling there anyhow and wwoofing will cost you far less than any other form of travel.
M Foti wrote: Remember sustainability has to incorporate economic viability as well, if you can't support yourself through the rough times then all will be for naught. Sounds like you have a pretty good idea of how to survive on a very small income, that is a valuable skill, but please keep in mind that you will need some way to keep going with a catastrophic crop failure, natural disaster or severe injury. Right now, for us, if something like that happened we would be forced to start selling equipment, BUT we have that equipment to sell to get us through. It's a poor plan, but it is a plan that will work in a worst case scenario.
M Foti wrote: Your adventure sounds very exciting though! Good luck and I wish you all the best!