Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 15, 2012 11:02 AM Last Post By: Bjoern
Oct 6, 2012 3:32 AM
I want to backpack europe in december next year. I am looking to not work and travel for 1 year straight, then get a UK work visa and live and work in the UK for 2 years. I really want to travel light and make the trip as cheap as possible. (staying in hostels, daily food budget etc). In the first year, I want to go to spain, germany, CR, austria, netherlands, italy, greece, portugal, sweden and norway. I have a few questions. Is 15,000 euros enough for my first year of backpacking? not including my flight from Melbourne. also which holiday visa should i get for the 1 year of backpacking? any suggestions would be appreciated.
Oct 6, 2012 2:45 PM
1No reason to tell you that 40€/day is VERY little money - check out what a bed in dorm costs you in some of the northern countries and you will see that you can hardly pay for bed+food. So then come the trravel local transport entry, a drink? Can you live as a tourist for 40€/day in cheap Australia?
But all the is irrelevant: Read aboth Schengen (Wikipedia) - and realize that you have no possibility to stay more than 90 days in the major part af Europe - you MAY than spend another 90 days in say Croatia (is that CR??) and then a second turn of 90 days. The mid period could also be the UK stay.
And you do not need a visa nor can you get one if Australian citizen.
Oct 6, 2012 4:33 PM
2Here's some info about the visa requrements for Schengen area. You need to show that you have enough money and an 'escape plan' - in your case that would be the work permit for UK. I doubt that 40 EUR per day is considered enough.....
Oct 11, 2012 1:31 PM
Yes, actually you can make it cheaper if you're backpacking Europe for a year. I've done it several times. There are hostels which some are really cheap and some are expensive. However, you can always work in Europe, even without a working visa. Also I would suggest, get your self a traveling bicycle in Holland or Germany and you can get around in any country or between countries in Europe. Cheap way to travel. I've done it in 2009 and I'm going again this summer of 2013. And by traveling with bicyle, you see everywhere close up. Villages, towns, cities as well as mountains. Most of those villages and the country side is beautiful and you won't get to see them if you travel with train. Go with the bicycle. Best budget. And make sure to take a sleeping bag with you. You can always work at cafes temporarily and save some money to travel more or move on. I've been to Australia and I backpacked the entire Australia for whole year. Beautiful country. But you'll love Europe.
Oct 12, 2012 12:08 AM
5"And Australians don't need a visa for Europe. " - but are still not allowed in the Schengen area for more than 90 days - after that they are illegal immigrants. (= you travel/illeness insurance from home would stop covering and put on first plane home if caught).
" However, you can always work in Europe, even without a working visa" - which of course would be illegal as well (and at next to no pay) - Both illegal stays and illegal working are considered serious crimes in most European countries.
BTW it is not called a working visa in Europe but a "work permit" and is except for a WHV not a part of the visa but a separate permission.
Oct 12, 2012 10:59 AM
6Whatevet you Day both ARD still criminal activities and og detr tre you ARD troen out and cannot return for yeats. Lyver natio s Will also ask for why you have tjat red stamp in you passport. And you travelled for heard without Amy insulinet? A very Rich guy?
Finally please make a distinction between Europe, EU and Schengen
Oct 12, 2012 12:04 PM
7Working without a work permit is a crime for employer as well as employee. Getting a new passport only put the fact that you have been thrown out somewhere in the records at home. Europe is not so backward that the rely on the paper - everything is in the files. Have you noted that your passport is swiped when entering Schengen?
Oct 15, 2012 11:02 AM
8OP if you are still there ??
Don't mind the "discussion" above - if you do not have a citizenship from an EU country then consider if you will take the risk of having to spend a few 1000€ on a ticket back home after say 110 days - even if the risk is maybe only 10% ? Getting a new passport means losing the WHV, rights isn't it in the old passport.
In addition to obeying the Schengen rules which have been stronger and stronger enforced over the few years they have existed then make sure you do exactly as the rules say re entering Uk on a WHV - whith the economic crisis the Uk immigration seems to have become particularily itchy towards young Australians that by some reason thinks they have some kind of right to live and work in the UK with or without papers
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