If you're young and dumb (under 26) you can become an au pair in Germany. If you don't mind that the potential for exploitation is really high and the entire au pair scheme is a weird, paternalist way of prepping (mostly) young women for a life of housework and child-rearing rather than preparing them for the workforce, then it's a pretty okay way to get far away for a long while.
At first, traveling illegally is electrifying; even the dullest journeys become thrilling, suspenseful, dangerous.
Who cares? I had a tasty meal at a reasonable price in a pleasant environment. It was precisely what I wanted.