I can try to substitute in my hometown to offset some of the loss of hours, in hopes of building my resume and eventually getting a full-time teaching job, where I could travel during the summer months and over school vacations. There really aren't many other jobs that offer the same amount of time off, however the pay-rate is certainly lower than that of most traditional career paths. I know that I would enjoy teaching and hopefully inspiring kids, but I don't know how likely it is to acquire a full-time position in my hometown, especially without a degree in teaching (perhaps engineers can teach math without one?)
Another option would be to look for another engineering job. I would hate to leave home again for this, but I think with a warmer climate, and possibly with a government position I could really enjoy it for a few years and save some serious cash for a second trip with equipment!
My last option and the one I feel most likely to take, as it is the easiest and most exciting, would be to travel again over the winter and spend the small amount of savings I have...Although it would bring me immediate satisfaction, and contribute to my travel blog, I think that I would come back next summer and feel like I was back at square one. No savings, not many job opportunities, and a burning desire to be on the road. I have thought about approaching banks to apply for a small business loan for starting an adventure/travel blog/vlog website, but I'm not sure how I would pitch it to them, and if they would bite. If anyone has had any success with taking out loans, or asking local businesses for sponsors, I would love to hear any advice you might have. Email is: Adrian.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let me know if you have been reading and can think of any alternative options, or if you have comments/suggestions regarding my listed options above. Thanks, Adrian