...and have no skills per se that that are obvious to me so that could get me a job and fear I would not be able to provide food and shelter and heat...
I find it difficult to be around groups of people and always give up on any courses I join due to this
So, find a skill that doesn't particularly involve other people. Find an area where that skill could be gainfully used that fits in with any requirements you may have (fresh air, warmth etc etc), train up and do it. Yes its awesome, yes it's hard work and risky, yes there will be times of self-doubt and a great temptation to give it up and return to the security of your comfort zone. (The UK, where they speak English, have free healthcare and the Dole)
Or you realise that this isn't a dress rehearsal. This is it. You get one shot at life and then ....
So, to bounce a few ideas around.
The Internet. Find work involving computers. Several people here pay experts to keep computers working via the internet. They swear blind by them but never see them. So any country with good internet access.
(Another growing industry is learning English via t'internet using Skype/VOIP tricks etc.)
Run a successful forum. That should be able to be done from anywhere. (Possibly not an AV type forum though, that market is already quite well serviced)
Other ideas are out there too.
Or flip it around. Find a country or area that sounds appealing. Visit and with a very open mind, look at the area with the work potential very much in mind.
Do it like this.
I like France, but the North is too like the UK weather wise, the South is too hot, the East too industrial, so the West.
What does the West of France have? Tourists, certainly. Agriculture, surely. Industry, not a lot. Rivers, chateaux, trees, open spaces old houses in need of restoration, ex-pats, all in abundance.
Take one example. Trees. Trees need managing. Ex pats quite often have lots of trees and who 'manages' them? Not some retired old farty whose wife won't let him anywhere near a chainsaw, thats for sure.
So they could pay a french artisan 40 or 50 euros an hour to wield a chainsaw and do a bit of a job. Or they could hire someone who speaks english, charges less, wants to do the job and will do it well.
And you would be surprised how quickly a good reputation spreads.
So, thats just one example. Get yourself trained up in chainsaw use and maintenance, (CS30, & 31 at least, but the more the merrier) go and find some trees and voila!
Don't just jump in though, plan it carefully.
Make sure you can at least communicate a bit with the locals. (Take A level languages for example)
You will need some resources available to keep yourself going initially.
Have a plan.
Even if it never happens, seriously working towards it will greatly improve your outlook. You will have a reason to do things, learn skills and go to night school. And that will improve things immeasurably in itself.
As I said in 'the other thread'