Hi Tony .. sorry for late reply .. I really don't hit the internet much at all anymore :)
To explain, I am not leaving society but travelling within towns, on my own, self sufficient but never more than two days away from a town. As such I expect if I do find a problem with my health then I will be able to find assistance pretty quickly. Also if serious I have an satellite GPS with tracking and messaging.
I have been thinking on this a lot, and feel that it is the right path for me. I need to follow my intuition I think. Perhaps by getting back to the real basics I can embrace life again and see the beauty that I seem to have been missing since I was a child. Perhaps not too! The last is my foray into accepting uncertainty in life. I cannot say for sure whether I will be successful and in fact are keeping all my plans very open so as to a) not disappoint myself or others, and b) not have to push myself tremendously to meet a target.
While away I will be looking within. I will be thinking a lot on life, who I am, my purpose, my hopes and dreams. Basically I think I will be trying to find that "self" that has been locked away from the time I was told to do something different to what I thought was best for me. It sounds selfish! Yes! It is! This year is all about me. I think to become a more compassionate person I need to be completely in touch with who I am, and I personally think this is the way to do it.
So not a hermit completely, but I read another forum where someone called it "swanning". Staying away from built up areas as much as possible, but still have the means and wherewithal to "swan" in, touch base with society and get back out.
Maybe I'm looking for some enlightenment? Perhaps I see that with all the distractions we have in our lives that "getting back to basics" may actually help me move forward. One step back, two steps forward sort of thing.
So we'll call it psuedo-hermitism shall we? :)
One month to go!