My dear Christina,
I have immense love for you and your vision. I, much the same, wondered how to wander, but to wander all you need is to shed the fear of getting lost.You have to focus on what is in front of you and be content in what you have. Through mindfulness you will get there. Be here now. The people you saw who are free of mortgages and empty attachments live in the now. If you surrender yourself to the circle of life you will understand. Being present in the moment grants you the ability to see the infinite truth of space and time,- it is in no way linear, how this system makes it out to be. In other words instead of seeing life like the people caught in this ugly system,- in a straight line, you see ALL of the possibilities present in this moment, like the branches of a tree, it is no longer getting from point A to point B, everything is infinite.
I saw someone brought up the dangers of traveling alone. I agree that unfortunately a 19 year old girl is not safe out there alone, largely due to the ugly system we have built for ourselves, but the dangers are there nonetheless. I don't recommend you go out there by yourself... that's what everyone always told me which is why I practice martial arts, why I learned to use a knife, and why I run every day. Now this may sound a bit silly, but there's a show called Doctor Who about a man called The Doctor who wanders through time and space getting involved in all sorts of interesting stuff at every stop, saving the world and even the universe without a weapon, using his clever mind in every situation. He never has a plan, always thinks on his feet, and his favorite line of defense is talking to the other being. When faced with immediate danger, he runs. That's surviving.
Through being who you are you will find fellow travelers and a community you'll feel proud to be a part of. You have to surrender your fears through surrendering all visions of the future. Being mindful is feeling the moment. You have to trust the life force and trust in your intuition to give you what you need... The basic human needs are shelter, food, water, and, to keep it simple, love. When it's a nice day, sleeping outside is not a problem. You can build a shelter from a single tarp, some rope, and a stick when it's raining. You can bundle up, or go to a shelter when it's cold and you're out of options, but I like to just stick to where it's warm, because sleeping outside is the best I'd invest some money in a canteen with a water filter. To survive you don't need much cash. It's up to you how much you need to be happy. To get a little, it can be simple. You always must offer something to receive something. Manual labor, art, jewelry... Simply playing music on a sidewalk can take you far these days. If you're not settling and growing your own, beautiful, free food then you can survive on how much is wasted, and learn what's good to eat that grows in the wild, of which there is plenty when you live this way you'll find others that do, too. Just trust your intuition and go where it pulls you. Care for the world and it will care for you, I promise.