Many of us are always eager to travel (“duh”, you might say). That’s why we read Cruising Outpost, and that’s why we take every chance we get and explore a new destination. Well, I’ve been on a budget for sometime now, and although I am fortunate that I have friends I can stay with in new destinations… That doesn’t always work. So I found an alternative way to travel. It’s called “cargo ship travel”. Yes, that’s right, and you can travel almost anywhere a cargo ship goes. Here’s how it works:
Basically most major global shipping lines offer paying passengers a chance to book a cabin. As a paying passenger you are accommodated in guest cabins and have access to most areas of the ship. From what I’ve read these sailor on the cargo ships spend A LOT of time at seas, and they are usually happy to have a fresh face walking around their workplace. Hell, they may even invite you to eat with them, or give you tours of the ship. I also hear tales of an officer happy hour? Count me in.
How expensive is it?: Not too bad. Prices range from about $70-$150 a day… BUT remember, you also are full accommodated with room and board- and you’re on an awesome cargo ship… I bet not too many people can say “Oh yeah, I traveled to London on a cargo ship, then I was off to South Africa” Of course you will be given your regular duties (as you have on any vessel).
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