nsew wrote:Visas and the like are easily obtained on the road
In some parts of the world, yes they are.
In the Schengen zone of the EU, beyond the 90 days out of 180 days allowance, no they are not easily obtained on the road.
That's the whole point of this thread.
What would be useful would be a list of countries within the EU (or more broadly within Schengen) where you can get a country specific visa which allows a stay longer than the default Schengen 90 out of 180 days.
We are pretty sure that France offers a long stay visa which also allows up to 90 days travel in the rest of Schengen.
As has already been pointed out, it isn't clear yet how the times will be counted, nor how transits in and out of France will be recorded.
From my very limited recent touring (across the Netherlands to Germany) exit from the UK was recorded but then the border crossing into Germany (and on the coach going back) was completely untroubled by any checks.
I have a vague memory of some official signs when leaving the Netherlands but I'm not sure that there was a border post.
It may be that new procedures will be required to record entry and exit for non-EU travellers.
It would be useful to get some feedback from, for example, other 5 eyes travellers.
It is also interesting, for example, to see what impact this has on Kiwis having their Overseas Experience who have tended in the past to head for the UK as a base then travel through Europe.
If anyone knows "rest of world" travellers who have visited Europe for more than 90 days, it would b e helpful to ask them then report back.