May Allah increase your blessings, satisfy your heart and guide you to the truth, Ameen.
>Should I go out and buy a Quran, really read it and try my best, should I speak to an Imam?
It depends on your preferences and your circumstances. As far as I can tell, there is no Imam nearby you can speak to on a constant basis because of your travels. So maybe consuming Islam-related material like books, podcasts and videos would be more helpful. Some resources (courtesy of /u/lightnlng):
Check what you like from this list of Resources. I recommend starting with the Quran and a biography of prophet Muhammad (pbuh). If you want books, these ones are popular:
[Book] The Message of the Qur'an - Muhammad Asad, if you're looking for the Quran in book form, this has helpful commentary to provide a thorough understanding.
[Book] Quran - Abdel Haleem, another Quran in book form, this one is written in extremely clear modern English that makes it easy and pleasurable to read.
[Book] Muhammad Man and Prophet - Adil Salahi, a Complete Study of the Life of the Prophet, from birth in the Arabian desert to the triumph of Islam and its gaining a permanent hold on Arabia.
[Book] In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad - Tariq Ramadan, presents the main events of the Prophet's life in a way that highlights his spiritual and ethical teachings.
Introduction book to Islam:
Some popular videos on YouTube:
[Video] How the Bible Led Me to Islam - Joshua Evans, former Christian youth minister conveys his journey to Islam.
[Video] The DeenShow - a talk show that introduces many of the basic teachings of Islam and addresses common misconceptions. Their website here.
[Video] The Purpose of Life - Khalid Yasin, gives a comprehensive lecture on the fundamental question that every human being must ask: "What is the purpose of life?"
> I'm worried because I am not Arabic or Middle Eastern that I may not be accepted fully as a Muslim, I'm white raised in Pennsylvania, so as white as you can get pretty much. I hope my race would not have an impact on my standing as a Muslim if I do decide to convert. I am young and I don't understand everything, but I want to try.
Don't worry about your race. Allah is the one who chose which race, culture and country we are born into. We learn that no one is superior than another person because of his race or tribe or nation. We are all children of Adam and Eve. What matters in the eyes of Allah and whom we should consider to be the best among us are the ones who are the most pious and most devout. It's like the content of character that MLK, Jr. was dreaming that people be judged upon.
When someone wants to begin learning about Islam i recommend them to start with the Quran and a biography of prophet Muhammad (pbuh). And if they can, they can try to visit their local mosque. Some sources to consider:
[Video] From Strong Atheist To Islam - Tim, a former atheist used to debate religious people and tried to convince them that there is no God, until he met a Muslim.
Check what you like from this List
Check what you like from this list of Resources. If you visit your local mosque, they might supply you with free material. I recommend starting with the Quran and a biography of prophet Muhammad (pbuh). If you want books, these ones are popular: