What do I need and what do I need to know if I were to buy a plane ticket to England and just spend a month walking around the country?

I'm bored and slowly being consumed with wanderlust.

What do I need and what do I need to know if I were to buy a plane ticket to England and just spend a month walking around the country?

I don't want to carry too big of a pack.

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First I don't recommend England. Culturally it is very similar to the USA when compared to pretty much anywhere else on the planet. (I'm assuming you're American here)

Pick somewhere exotic. You don't have to speak the language, just be willing to learn the baiscs while you travel. There will be English speakers almost anywhere you go anyway.

As for things you need it depends where you go. In the UK you don't need much because everything is readily available. I've travelled overseas for months and only taken one and a half changes of clothes (ie one spare trousers, two spare tops), my phone, and a couple of books. You get bored of wearing the same stuff every day, but it makes travelling easier.

Yea, American. About to graduate from college and I'm going to find myself with about a month or so next summer with no job or anything tying me down.
I've thought of England because I'd like to explore the English countryside, Scotland, and Wales. Maybe Ireland too.
It seems like a good place to get the feet wet, seeing as there'd be no pressure about the language.

things I'm worried about is: what to pack, where to eat, where to sleep, (though I've gone backpacking, so it's not too big an issue) and how much this venture would cost.

I've thought of England because I'd like to explore the English countryside, Scotland, and Wales. Maybe Ireland too.
You'll find wild untamed areas in all of these regions and those little country villages to hop between too.
It really boils down to how the locals treat visitors and Ireland is far ahead of the others in this respect. People there are still very warm and accommodating with tourists, where in the UK even the country folk can be a little colder/less tolerant if you're a stranger.
For what it's worth, my advice is pick somewhere along the west coast of Ireland. If you accidently trespass on someone's land it's likely you'll get invited for tea and a chat than see the police arrive.

internet and it's globalized melding of culture.

mfw I would love to travel to someplace like this but wouldn't want to live there.
I know a few families in London selling up and relocating to the west of Ireland. It's the least spoilt area in the entirety of the British isles. Most of it has remained unchanged in at least a century, and the fact that the locals are friendly and won't try to rob you puts it leagues ahead of similar wild, undeveloped regions in Europe.
I plan on retiring there.

Just don't visit the west coast of Ireland in Winter. The Arctic breezes can ruin your trip if you're not used to it, especially if you plan on doing a lot of walking.

Ever been to Norway?

No I haven't but Im sure the breeze is worse then Ireland. But OP is from the America not Norway.

Not everyone wants to go somewhere so exotic on their first time. Even between the UK and USA there can be some surprising culture shock and good experiences to be had.

There'll be hotels, hostels, etc in pretty much everywhere you go here. You could also try couchsurfing to make it cheaper, but be aware that wild camping is illegal almost everywhere here, particularly England. I think you can have more luck with that in Scotland.
The trains will be great for getting around, most places you want to go can be reached by train, and you can get some nice countryside views whilst travelling.

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you'll have a blast. I've lived as a vagabond in England and Scotland and highly recommend it. Covertly brewing rosehip tea while camped in a hedge, meeting locals over a pint of local ale in cute little pubs, foraging wild garlic in an oak wood...I've been all over Europe and don't think I've ever had as much fun.
Just make sure you have a return/onward plane ticket, or you might not be let into the country.

I'm bored and slowly being consumed with wanderlust.

I've got an interview on Friday for a job that would be my ticket to just about anywhere in 6 months time.

get a bike or a motorbike if you really want to feel like you're exploring

How are you planning on getting to Scotland from Wales?

Where are you planning on staying?

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