For some people, going camping is a way to simulate this type of lifestyle. Being in nature and away from the hustle and bustle of society is something I think everyone should try, even if it is just for a weekend.
But to romanticize that type of lifestyle too much would be a mistake. I’m sure that both men endured great hardships and challenges along the way that the typical person wouldn’t even dream of.
I think the biggest thing I take away from stories like Moran and McCandless is that you have control over your own life. These men knew what they wanted in life and weren’t afraid to make a drastic change to get it.
Whether it is moving to the Montana wilderness, or something smaller, life is too short for stagnation and conformity.