Well first I'd say stay in the UK and move down to the SW coast of England where I live, specifically the Devon & Cornwall police area as our cops are
chilled. I've done my share moving around the UK and it ticks all the boxes for me, warmer (I haven't seen frost for two years now) rural countryside,
beautiful beaches, low crime and mostly laid back population.
Summer is always fun with millions of people on holiday here, but a lot of work is seasonal and minimum wage if you have no trade or skill.
If you lose your job though, I know one thing, it's much nicer to get Jobseekers Allowance and your rent paid by Housing Benefit with a sea view than
some concrete jungle estate in a major city.
Another thought, stay in the EU, or EU alligned territory, no visa's, free to work etc. Canary Islands? Grab a tent and enough cash to survive a few
weeks in the Summer to work the bars? A mate of mine did that last year and hasn't come back yet, jammy bastard lol.
Have you looked into Overseas departments and territories of
? I haven't checked the fine points but they are considered legally as part of the French republic so travel/residency rules 'may' be the
same as the rest of the EU.
The French Overseas Departments and Territories include island territories in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, and French Guiana on the South
...again, some warm places under French law, just need to learn the language and it could be as simple as rocking up with a tent and a few
Euro's to keep you going until you find some minimum wage work.
Either way, if you have the urge to roam I say do it every time or regret things in later life. What's the worst that can happen, you end up skint, it
all fails and you end up back in Britain to start again? At least you tried, and it's always an adventure.
I've spent a couple of years travelling in my life, have paused to be 'dad' over the last 20 years, but I'm already planning on roaming again now that
I am again 'free' to do it.
I'll be looking into the French territories myself as I am learning the language again, and if I can just move under some EU exemption to a tropical
island in the next year or two then that's my plan.
Good luck with yours!
Just checked, and it does look like as an EU/UK citizen we can in fact move for 'long stay' with no visa or entry requirements except our
Foreign nationals holding ordinary
passports exempt from visa requirements
Reunion Island, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Mayotte, French Southern and
Antarctic Territories, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy.
Woohoo! I like Britain being part of the European Union now
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