Correct me if I am wrong, but I am getting a strong sense that you want to be in control of your schedule? Or at least not pushed around too much? Or don’t want to stray too far home?
While I respect and admire your determination to make that happen, you also need to accept the fact that traveling is part of the job.
Some food for thought, instead of taking things slow, why not jump in with both feet and build seniority as quickly as possible? The quicker you build seniority the better your quality of life will be in the long run.
But if you are dead set on your plan then by all means. Your plan is very non-conventional, but it’s your decision. I am simply just trying to give you something to think about.
The slow and steady approach could work out for you, but you would just be limiting your opportunities and limiting your potential earnings. If you choose to take the advice that we’re giving you but still proceed with your original plan, then by all means. As long as you accept what you are leaving out on the table by doing so.