To spend as little money as possible, live in a tent, buy calorie-dense, inexpensive foods, and learn how to hunt and fish. My tourist visa for Mexico expires on 21 February 2015, so I must leave Mexico by then. I will hike and hitchhike to travel.
I do not know much about camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing, but I have researched all of the topics. I am confident that I will make mistakes, and I have especially looked for advice about being prepared for problems. I have many of the things I need to be successful:
I have had some trouble getting a few items:
If I were more fluent in Spanish, things would be easier; if I knew more about Mexican culture, then buying things would take less time; and if I knew Mexican geography as well as I knew United States Geography, then making plans would be much easier.
While I have not started sleeping in the tent yet, the last two weeks have given me an idea what to expect. I have spent many hours walking around shopping for items and I carried my pack from Mexico City to Veracruz. My physical health is already improving: I have less stomach aches and my body is getting stronger. I have spent much less time on the internet, and that means I have spent much less time thinking and writing about the events that led to my current situation. That has been good for my mental health. Since I have spent more time talking with people about camping and hiking, I have spent less time talking about the past. Whenever I have talked about the past or tried to explain why I do not “just get a job,” it worsens my mood and sometimes causes me to shutdown for a few hours. On this trip, I plan to leave those things behind: I will deal with them later.
If I can survive the physical challenges, including having enough food, then I am confident that this trip will be good for my mental health. Like a person with a broken leg needs crutches while healing, I still need some medicine while I am healing, but I am confident that if I have my “crutches” then this process will help me to heal some.