We've been long distance for the past six months and have three months to go. My girlfriend studies German at a university, and as a part of her coursework she had to embark on her year abroad last September. The experience has been, besides predictably shitty, interesting. Over the past few years, I've somehow seen a lot of friends in long distance relationships—some of whom have managed it with frightening efficiency, others who have had giant burning messes. All things considered, my girlfriend and I have done pretty well.
Who cares? I had a tasty meal at a reasonable price in a pleasant environment. It was precisely what I wanted.
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.