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1. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Hi im seventeen, soon to be eighteen and graduating. My friend and I are planning to backpack Europe after graduation sometime. I am wondering, will I/we be able to find work for ourselves without a visa? Because what we are planning is to just hostel in a counrty/city for an undcided amount of time then continue on to another destination and do that there.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

The way it usually works in cases like yours is that you help clean the hostel and get to stay for free or for a discount. No pay and no insurance and quite illegal. Finding work that way is not easy, you have to check into a hostel that uses this kind of labour and arrive at a time when somebody just left.

Since you are from Canada I would still suggest that you get a working holiday visa. It allows you to work legally, which means better pay and less worries. A working holiday visa does not mean that you have to work, but gives you the chance to. You can still move on as you like.

3. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

But will it apply to more than one country? Because I dont want to have to be buying all these different visas that cost a bunch of money. Is there one that just applies to all European countries? If so where do I apply for one.

What do other people do that are attempting something like this?

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

No, there is no working holiday visa that covers all EU countries.

Many Aussies and Kiwis are quite happy about this fact, since it allows them to move from country to country. Aussies can get WHV's to about 13 different European countries, there have been instances where people have strung 3-5 WHV visa together and stayed up to 5 years working and travelling all over Europe.

http://anyworkanywhere.com/whvcacit.html

I suggest you pick a country that you'd like the chance to stay longer in and then apply for the visa. Note that if you know some French it makes the most sense to apply for a WHV to France, if you know some German check out Germany. Also take a look at the job situation, what kind of jobs are available? What is the pay and what the cost of living?

I agree with you not wanting to spend a lot of money on these visas, but one WHV valid for one country should be enough in case your funds run low. You just have to like that country. BTW, you need to reach an agreement with your mates about the WHV. They should either have a WHV for the same country as you or be willing to pay for you in country A where they work and you laze about and you pay in country B where you work and they laze about.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jan-2009, at 18:24 by t_maia ]

5. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Alright, so are you telling me that i wont be able to just roam the continent as i like?

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

What is wrong with applying for a WHV to say, Germany, then fly into Spain, roam around Spain, France, Ireland, the UK with no work and then when funds run out hit Germany and work for 6 months there? Germany is big, if after 2 weeks you hate that bar job in Hamburg get your behind to Stuttgart or Munich and look for work there.

And if you are done with your 6 months of work in Germany, use the rest of your time on your German WHV and the money you earned to hit Eastern Europe.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jan-2009, at 18:54 by t_maia ]

7. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Oh man, thats actually kind of appealing, and makes lots of sense.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

The best is, you can string the WHV's together. Say you got a WHV for Denmark and have been working and living in Denmark for a year, taking trips all over Europe from your base in Denmark. Your time on the Danish WHV is up. Then you can go to the German, French or the Swedish embassy in Kopenhagen and try to get a WHV for either Sweden, France or Germany. Or maybe the UK and Ireland?

Canadian citizens are also priviledged when it comes to immigration to Germany, if you get a decent job in Germany chances are you will be allowed to stay long-term. All you need to do is to apply for a work-and-residency-permit at the end of your German WHV.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jan-2009, at 19:16 by t_maia ]

9. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

What is wrong with applying for a WHV to say, Germany, then fly into Spain, roam around Spain, France, Ireland, the UK with no work and then when funds run out hit Germany and work for 6 months there? Germany is big, if after 2 weeks you hate that bar job in Hamburg get your behind to Stuttgart or Munich and look for work there.

And if you are done with your 6 months of work in Germany, use the rest of your time on your German WHV and the money you earned to hit Eastern Europe.

SO i am looking up a WHV for The Netherlands, it says you need to have A letter of acceptance by the employer for work related to your field of study. I dont have a field of study, do I need one? I just want to get a job and make money so i can backpack.

10. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Also, say i centralize somewhere, would I be hostelling during my entire time there?

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