The below text is a direct copy & paste from my Yahoo! answers question, which I am desperate to find an answer to as it is the question of my life.
Since my childhood I thought I knew what I wanted to do in life: I wanted to make great video games (games like Suikoden II affected my life greatly). I never faltered in my determination; I started programming at the age of 11 and enjoyed every single thing I learned. I made applications, simple games, experimental command line operating systems, web sites, etc and made some reasonably good money. Now I am 22, recently graduated, have a large social circle, and happy… kinda. I accepted one of the job offers I got and am about to start the business portion of my life. My plan was to work in this company while also working on a game project with a couple of trusted and able friends in order to start up our own gaming company, but now I am in doubt.
The thing is I developed most of my social skills after I got into college, and as they matured I realized some things about myself that I didn’t know. Most people around me see me as this extremely smart person who is going to be very successful in life, but my measurement of success and theirs no longer correlate. I don’t care about having a successful career and making money. What I truly wanna do, and this I believe with all my heart, is to see new places and meet new people constantly. You may ask how I came to want this; answering it will require a little bit more explanation about myself.
Back when I was little I never really understood people and the things they did seemed illogical to me most of the time, therefore I didn’t get along with many people and had a limited number of friends. I was so focused on my goals that this never actually bothered me until college. At the very same time it started bothering me I made a friend very much like myself but considerably more social; from that friend I learned how to read and understand people. As I got better at it I made new friends at an astronomical rate because I could help people with their social and psychological problems very effectively. At some point I realized that people fascinated me; almost every single one I met. The most psychologically broken ones are the ones I love talking with the most; they are harder to figure out and help but their stories and how they function are that much more interesting to me. So this is where my desire to constantly meet new people comes from.
My desire to see new places is way easier to explain as it comes solely out of my curiosity. I am curious about everything in life. Everything. Be it religion, be it science, I love new knowledge of every kind. Something complex never fails to get my attention, and there are a lot of complex things all around the world. Most people lose interest in stuff as they grow up; I was and still am aware of the reasons for it and therefore tried to keep my rather childish interest in everything as best as I could. I was suppressing this desire as I was focused on my ever-so-perfectly-planned and career focused life but when I realized my passion for people and started questioning my life plans, this desire surfaced too.
I don’t want to live a standard life where I work 9 hours a day in the same country for years. I have already been abroad a couple of times, so I know that going abroad for vacations won’t cut it for me. I want to travel randomly, see new things, meet with new people, talk with them and help them with their problems if possible. I don’t care about luxury; I’m all in it for the adventure, but I just can’t seem to plan something out that will get me going soon enough. I think I may not be aware of all my options and therefore need help. I don’t know whether or not you are wondering why I wrote such a long and detailed text about myself when I could simply just ask if there were ways to travel around the world constantly without having tons of money in a bank account (or without working for years prior to setting out; something like earning money and at the same time being able to travel like that), but judging myself right now I think I wanted to be the one who was understood and helped for a change.