Buying a house is one of those moment where a whole ton of doors slam shut, and a hidden series of new adventures open up. If travel is the plan, do it before the house. Hell you may travel somewhere and decide "this is where I will grow old." Remember that a house is not something that you can get rid of at a moment's notice, and the further you are from a city center the longer it will take to sell when things change or you get the chance to move elsewhere.
Buying a house/land does give you a bit of certainty that you know what it costs to live. And assuming we all don't go to shit here, you do build equity and if you get with a good bank or credit union you have a pool of money to borrow against when things go bad. With land you can grow food which trades money for effort and time, but eating food that you grew on property you own is a great feeling.
Kansas ain't that bad. Kansas City and Wichita were not bad places to visit. It seems like every time I go across the country on I-70 I somehow end up in Salina and that Pilot station there. Skies are dark if you are into astronomy, the August eclipse goes right though the state, weather isn't bad. You can certainly choose worse places to live.