We spiritual traveler shouldn't seek the desert experience, our raison d'être is peace and love instead; but when you find yourself walking through the desert, know that it holds the fountain of your spiritual insights. So just keep on walking and look out for the Way that leads you to the next oasis.
Sometimes we feel abundance, and sometimes we simply decide for abundance because we are unwilling to tolerate what we see in front of us. We say, "no, this ain't me" and we do something about the situation we are in. But then, we shouldn't be compensating either. The fountain of abundance is always within. Every period of scarcity should be just that, a temporary step from what we know is the Way.
Traveling the Way is a little different from Buddha's inward journey, and Jesus' connection with his Father. It is an awareness that the "without" is a mirror image of the "within"; it is the ability to see abundance within scarcity, and the recognition of lack in accumulated wealth. The fountain of abundance is everywhere, but you have to know where to look.