It's great that you are taking a positive attitude to such an adventure!
I'm planning on a similar trip myself (although I'll remain within the United Kingdom) and it's good to see this kind of travel is possible!
The best thing you can do is arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible, find some cheap hostels, give yourself an emergency 'out' and keep a good attitude!
Thanks for all the posts, very informative!
Do you think this type of traveling (i.e. sleeping outside and what-not) is feasible in Great Britain in, say, mid to late February? Is it warm enough? I live in Canada, so I can handle a bit of cold, haha. Thanks.
When u are travelling around, ask farmers, if u can sleep in their storage sheds, and ask people in houses, if u can sleep in their garages. Some people dont mind.
Hello Captain O
It is very cold in February.
Not as cold as in Canada, but very cold, for sleeping outside.
Maybe sleeping in train stations is possible. I dont know how tolerant people are in England, about that, these days.
I slept in a train station for 4 nights, in Germany, one December, when the hostel was closed. The police came around and asked me what i was doing. I explained. They said, in the morning, i can come to the police station, for a cup of coffee, if i want.
Although, they did throw out all the homeless people. But i think that is because they looked intimidating, sitting around in a big group drinking.
Why dont u travel, in Summertime, instead of February?
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I am in the same position as Mugsy! Where are the best places in Europe to visit in the winter that are also the warmest? Is it easy to find work along the way to help cover expenses? Would I need to obtain a work visa in each countries in order to work? (I am Canadian, and do not have an EU passport. I also read in this thread that you can get free room and board through some volunteer positions - does anyone have a website about this?
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South of Europe is warmest, Summer and Winter.
Whether u need a work permit or not, depends on what work u want to do. Officially, u would need a work permit, for all types of work, if u are not a citizen, of an EU country. If u are just looking for casual temporary work, u could probably just do it illegally.
I dont know of a websit for volunteer work. When i did it, i just stumbled upon an office, which gave people information, about voluntary work, on organic farms, etc.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 16, 2006, at 2:33 AM by Mel. ]
Thanks for the info! What are the best places to see in the south of Europe? I am trying to plan out my intinerary, but need some advice.
Countries like Greece, Itay, Spain or Portugal are usually warmest, and the prices in these countries tend to be lower, than those, further north, in Europe.
But, if u want to avoid expense, it would be wise to steer clear of big tourist cities, like Rome, Florence and Venice.
Also, u could consider the countries of the former Yugoslavia. They are also cheaper than central and northern Europe and warmer too.
But important to consider, if u want to sleep ourdoors, or in train stations etc, Southern countries tend to be a bit more dangerous, than the more norhern ones. Pick pocketing and roberies are more common. So be careful where u choose to sleep.