My names Ryan, I'm a 25 year old guy from Australia, and basically all the stuff in your post resonated with me.
I've been on the permaculture path for a few years now. For most of my late teens/early 20's i was just a deadbeat party guy, with no direction, blowing all my money.. but as a result of me becoming aware of the situation that the current global financial system has us in, and also due to experiences i've had on Ayahuasca (look it up) over in south america, i gravitated really quickly towards permaculture as a way to better myself, my life and the life of my current and future family. The ability to help others is also an amazing bonus.
So anyway i'm a big traveller and keen snowboarder. I started work as an electrician in the coal mines of Australia straight after school, and still work there but obviously my path now does not include sticking to that in the future! it's been a really good means to an end for me though, the money is fantastic and i work a 7 on 7 off roster so it allowed me to travel lots, (i was pretty much living in Bali last year)
My plans at the moment... i've saved up enough money now to buy a property outright, i'm thinking about buying over in the northlands of New Zealand, beautiful place, decent surf and lots more going for it. I'm looking at buying a place of 20 acres or over, and allowing my best friend with her boyfriend, and one other couple that i'm yet to find, to build shipping container dwellings on the land. Because i think with a property of that size and the projects that i'm wanting to do, i'm going to need a bit of help. It's also good to have a few people to share costs with
.. So the vision for the property is obviously full, abundant self sufficiency, but i'd also like to use it as a training facility to run courses on permaculture and natural building. I've got a full detailed step by step plan drawn up for the place that i'd be more than happy to email to you if you want it. I'm not one of these permaculture jokers that is all talk and no action, and hopefully you aren't either!
Once established, i plan on continuing to do a couple of months contract electrical work per year to fund overseas holidays and stuff too.. So right now i'm starting to actively search for my life partner to join me on this big journey, i'm putting my feelers out there wherever i can, and i have a feeling that she's going to fall into my lap soon! even if you don't end up being the one for me, congratulations on the excellent life direction and i hope it all works out for you
PS. Below is the link to my Facebook profile, and my email address if you're interested...If we do end up really hitting it off, and i feel like it could be worth trying to make something happen. i'm willing to pay for flights over to Australia so we can meet., Obviously after a lot of skype chat etc. haha. I just thought i would include that to stop you from writing this off due to the distance problem. Hope to hear from you! see ya