I am new here and I have been searching for places that I can learn more about backpacking in Europe before, not much progress made.
Honestly I was amazed by the tones of information here and I do want to tell you all my case so that I can receive some wise guidelines.
So here's my case:
I am an ethnic Chinese, Born and raised in Hong Kong and I am now 19.
I am transferring to either UCLA or UCBerkeley or UCDavis studying political science.
I was born a British Citizen ( thus I have the full right to live, work and travel in the EU, I suppose?) thanks to my dad and mum, who had lived there for a decade before returning back to HK.
I went to the United states alone as an international student for undergraduate school (that means I had to take of myself and away from my family) and now I have finished all the required class for my second year in college, that gives me 8 months of uncommitted time that I could use before beginning my third year in the coming September. (December to July, I want to come back a month before school starts so that I can settle things).
Here's my plan, see if it works or not.
I will first spend three months in some Spanish immersion school in Madrid, Valencia and maybe Barcelona. It is a very intensive Spanish class that there's 30 hours of class every week, so I guess I would be able to speak some Spanish after 12 weeks (3 months). Meanwhile I will be staying with local hosting families and enjoy the places.
I will then go backpacking for about 5 months around western Europe, and maybe staying in Spain for a extra month or so to really start using Spanish. (My mother tongue is Chinese and I am confident to say that I speak English quite fluently.) I think I can find myself some extra money by working in some restaurants ( I wonder if it's possible to do so in my case, I am a EU citizen but I didn't have any kind of documentation there, coz I really haven't been living there.).
And do you think it's a good time to take the trip or maybe I should postpone it till later? My dad said I also have the option to work in an good internship in Mainland China, he said it would be easy for him to get me one.
But I really think this might be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I really think I would gain much from that.
Please comment, Thanks!