Like a lot of people I'm a bit confused about the best way to go for long term travel in Europe. Here's my bio:
Myself and 2 kids are dual UK/Australian but my wife only holds an Aussie passport.
We live in Australia
We are looking to spend approx 11 months travelling by RV around Europe during 2014
Obviously the problem is my wife and her limitations (the (stupid) 90/180 rule for schengen visa waiver)). We really don't want top have to restricty our trip by spending at least 50% of the time outside schengen areas. So - are any of the following options available (some sound a bit hare-brained but just throwing them out there!):
1) Apply for a 1 year visa in a country like France. I believe this would allow travel throughout schengen. I don't think you can have a 1 yr tourist visa but can you sign up to a course in a French uni, get a 1 year student visa, drop out after 4 weeks and away you go? She does speak fluent french.
2) Apply for individual visas for each country? Or mix it up a bit. Do the schengen thing for 90 days, then get visas for the next 90, then 'renew' the schengen waiver for the next 90?
3) Buy a house in Latvia for $90K which gives you perm residency. Swan around the schengen area for a year (including the latvian pad) then sell it when you leave hopoefully getting the $90K back
4) fly to schengen area in October, 'check in', then fly back to Australia. Then come back in January and enjoy the 90 days in the area out of the first 180 period, then start the second 180 period straught after
Any other options? Seems like a crazy system when the EU is in so much strife and citizens would be crying out for foreign dollars to come in.
Thank you so much for any advice.