Andy Pardy spent three and a half months traveling 22,000 miles across 27 countries around Europe spelling out “Stop Brexit.”
After Britain voted to exit the EU, Andy along with many other British travelers and van dwellers were not happy about the limitations that this would bring. Andy wanted to make a statement about how free movement around the continent is a privilege.
Andy is a 28-year-old digital consultant from Exeter, England who quit his job and moved out of his flat to peruse his goal. Joining him on his journey was his girlfriend Katy who works as a nurse.
Their journey started in Scotland, where they wrote an ‘S’. To spell out the letters in his route, he used a GPS tracker. They ended their 22,000 miles journey in northern Spain after they completed writing the letter ‘B’.
As their mode of transportation, Andy spent just £6,000 (about $7,600 USD) on a 2008 VW Transporter van. His VW was ‘the star of the show’ as they traveled all 22,000 miles without a single issue. During their trip, they ended up spending about £5,000 (about $6,400 USD).
British citizens will be placed on a visa-free list which will likely limit the amount of time they can spend in other EU countries, even if there is a no-deal Brexit. Assuming a Brexit deal will take place and go into effect in March 2019, British travelers could face stricter travel limitations.
This is what the EU stated about British citizens traveling in the EU: “You can come as a tourist, to visit friends or family, to attend cultural or sports events or exchanges, business meetings, for journalistic or media purposes, medical treatment, for short-term studies or training and any similar activities. However, the visa waiver does not apply to persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity in the Member States, i.e. for those who come to work in the EU.”
We asked Andy about how Brexit will affect his ability to work as a consultant in EU countries. Here’s what he said: “It’s difficult to say at the moment – the impact is completely dependent on the terms of our withdrawal, these are still TBC! That said, it’s hard to see how any of the leave options currently on the table can beat the status quo. We currently have the right to work in any country in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland without a work permit. All Leave scenarios that don’t include being part of the EEA presumably mean increased red tape and the prospect of fewer opportunities on the continent.”
Along with accomplishing his goal of spelling out “Stop Brexit,” Andy had an incredible experience during his travels and had little to no hiccups along the way.
Andy plans to continue living in his van after Brexit. He doesn’t have a permanent home, so he is currently still traveling and living with friends and family.
You can check out Andy’s travels on Instagram at @therogueconsultant.