How to WWOOF not quite forever?
March 25, 2012 7:37 PM Subscribe
Six months in the UK sandwiched between continental European travel for an American WWOOFer who'd rather not get visas if she can possibly avoid it. Your tips?
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am a 30-year-old US citizen. Next year, after quitting my jobs, I'm taking off for an extended period of travel, starting in France for less-than-3 months, and then entering the UK via boat or train. I would like to stay in the UK and WWOOF (or HelpX) for nearly the full six months an American can stay without getting a visa. Before the end of the six months, I will travel either back to France or to Italy for another less-than-90 day period. From there, possibly Turkey or the Ukraine or elsewhere before, ideally, heading back to the UK for another less-than-6 months. Repeat, until I get sick of it.
I'm opening an account now to save money for the trip, but can't find a definitive answer as to what a good amount would be to earmark exclusively for showing that I am capable of supporting myself... even though in reality I am hoping not to have to touch it, by WWOOFing. I am calculating other expenses separately, and am making plenty of provision for getting around, day trips, journeys between destinations, and funds for if/when a WWOOFing arrangement falls through. I will not be able to show proof of continuing or future employment. I will have travel insurance for the duration and will be using my parents' address in the US as my residential address. I will not be overstaying the mandated number of days, anywhere, and will have a departure travel ticket when I arrive.
I would like to know:
- Given that having a ticket dated six months later may make the UK border entrance guys look at me a bit more carefully, how much money should I be able to show that I have available in order to reassure them that I can support myself for six months? Youth Mobility Scheme (for which I do not qualify) folks have to show that they have £1600, and students have to show much more, but I can't find a good guideline for plain visa-less tourists or visitors.
- For reassurance purposes, should I book stays in hostels in order to support an itinerary I won't be following?
- WWOOFers in particular, how would it be best for me to present myself when entering the UK? "Don't mention WWOOFing" seems to be the standard advice, but what else?
Really I just want to learn to grow all the things and make ALL THE CHEESE. Help it not be so confusing?