Be a temp
I spent years gaining a professional qualification and climbing the career ladder before realising it wasn't how I wanted to be defined. After being made redundant I spent a few months just taking temp jobs while I decided what I wanted to do, before realising I had started doing it. I get jobs that last anything from three months to 18 months (I know others who have even had 2 year contracts), and every job is different. At the end of each I am a free agent again. I can either go travelling, or look for another job if I'm poor. As a full time temp no one complains how many jobs are on my CV. At the moment all I do is work and be a supportive father because my daughters are at an important stage in their lives, but when they emerge I have a long tour planned.
Having a professional qualification I get to call myself a contractor or an interim manager, but the truth is that I'm a temp! It works for me, but think hard because many people find it insecure. I believe (and it has been true for me) that if you have something to bring to the party, which may be as simple as a willingness to get stuck in and do the job in hand, you will find work. You will need flexibility; you can take time off when your job ends, but if you were planning to go to Nordkapp and your present job finishes in February, you may want a plan B.