I meet a lot of people here in Alaska that have lived and worked all over. A lot of people here, especially those without kids or spouses, work here in the summer months and then head south to wherever is warmer i.e. anywhere come winter... or bunker down in their little cabin in the hills till the sun comes back. Heck my original goal wasn't far off from that and is still something that interests me. what I've learned most this summer is that a person can live frugally anywhere.
The only real difficulty for me has been getting my s.o. on the same page. I'm having a hard time convincing her that life is still life if it's lived in a house, on a boat, in an rv, or out of a saddlebag. Or maybe I'm the one that needs convincing that a home isn't a death sentence to travel and a wandering life.