I can't speak to the cost, but I can speak to doing what you want while you have the freedom and ability. In 1993, I wanted to take a crack at racing mountain bikes professionally, so I headed west got after it. I left home with my tools in the trunk, bikes on a bike rack, and $500.00 cash in my pocket. Along the way, I found a job, a wife, and a life. I'm still here, and every day when I wake up and see mountains out my window, I feel like I'm on vacation. Now with Facebook, I've learned what became of the less adventurous people I left behind. You don't want to be one of those people.