I agree that being debt free is ideal.... we still have my husband's student loan but that is pretty much all... We made the move to northeastern Vermont last September, without a job nor much savings, but we had been learning and visiting where we wanted to buy our homestead/farmstead, paying off debt, saving what we could, practicing homestead skills even while in suburbia.
So now here we are renting a fairly conventional house in a small village. DH works a full-time job in construction (which is wonderful because these were the last skills we were lacking and he is learning so much!). His hours are good - 7:00 - 3:30. We continue to try to save (but not getting far), building our home based business (working late night hours as it is growing fast), making everything from scratch, trying to re-use, recycle, etc.... We are praying that there will be some way for us to buy our plot of land this spring to begin our hands on journey on our farmstead.
Simple Living, Joyful Homemaking, Homeschooling Mom of 6