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How to travel in a cargo ship across the wide sea

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Many people are interested in travel in cargo ships. Following an article we published a while ago explaining how to travel in a cargo ship, we have received many messages asking how to start, how much it costs or where to go to undertake such an adventure.

Personally I have never gotten into a fishing or cargo ship in the purest polizonte style and across the wide ocean. Without a doubt, it must be a unique experience and hanging around the web to find an answer to our readers. I have come across an interesting page that offers information and prices about.

Is called Student Travel and it informs us about the different alternatives to travel by boat either in a cargo or on cruises.

The page, as the name implies, is intended for students and young people wanting to embark on new adventures. They comment that traveling by cargo ship turns out to be the cheapest option for this type of travel. There is a continuous network of ships that go from one side of the planet to the other that offer the possibility of adding you to their passenger line.

Anyway, you have to start from the premise that traveling by cargo ship is more expensive than traveling by plane. Forget about the remote times of coppers where you got on the boat and worked to help workers or sailors. Rates range from 45 and 90 euros a day per person. It will depend on the company you choose. Anyway, in the style of Ithaca's poem by Kavafis, the journey itself is the experience of the trip itself and not the final destination. Due to the size of cargo ships, they usually take longer to reach their destination than their brother cruise ships. For example, from California to Tokyo it usually takes about 13 days.

Usually cargo ships have a scheduled route that becomes a round trip to two destinations. In many companies of cargo ships offer a one-way ticket and as they usually arrive at large ports you can make your own itinerary jumping from boat to ship around the world until returning home. However, round-trip tickets are usually cheaper.

Prices vary between companies but, as I said before, they range between 45 and 90 euros per person per day. This includes food and bed, of course. As an example, a ticket from California to Hong Kong leaves for about 1,400 euros for a 19-day trip. Personally it seems expensive and I'm sure they accept bargains.

On the other hand, you also have the option to pass the reservation and go directly to the port, approach the pier and ask for work during the trip. It is possible although, of course, it is not safe. It's up to you!

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