I've been traveling around the world without flying for 2.5 years, just crossed the Pacific Ocean on a cargo ship. AMA!
I'm a 32-year-old Irish man on a mission to circumnavigate the world without flying. I started from Ireland in 2011 and have made my way east through 25 countries so far. Last month I reached the Americas after spending 26 days crossing the Pacific Ocean aboard a cargo ship. I'm currently stopped in Cusco, Peru for a few weeks.
Here's a video I made of my Pacific Ocean crossing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj9yA7KjIuw
UPDATE: Thanks everyone for the questions. I'll check back regularly to answer more. If you're interested in hearing more about my travels, I wrote a book while on the cargo ship. Reviews have been excellent. Grab a copy here: http://www.ndoherty.com/books/cargo/
ANSWERS TO FAQ'S (to save me repeating myself):
Q. How much did it cost to cross the Pacific Ocean on a cargo ship?
A. About $4.5k including banking, exchange and insurance fees.
Q. Why is it so expensive?
A. Best I can tell, because the cargo ship companies don't care. Taking passengers isn't their primary business. They're transporting multi-million dollar cargoes, so they probably figure that if they're going to take the odd passenger, they might as well charge a high price to make it worth their while.
Q. How can I book travel aboard a cargo ship?
A. See here: www.ndoherty.com/cargo-ship-2/
Q. How do you afford to travel like this?
A. I work online, doing freelance web design mostly. Need help with a project? Contact me here: http://ndoherty.biz
Q. Do you pay taxes?
A. No. I’m not obliged to pay taxes in my home country (Ireland) if I’m not living there for more than six months out of the year. Same deal with the other countries I’m passing through on my travels. I’m never in any one place long enough to be considered a resident, so I’m always off the tax-paying hook.
Q. What was the highlight of your trip?
A. I'll give you a top four:
Flirting with 100+ women in Amsterdam http://www.ndoherty.com/flirt/
Running out of money in Iran: http://www.ndoherty.com/iran/
Falling in love in Siam: http://www.ndoherty.com/love/
Crossing the Pacific Ocean on a cargo ship: http://www.ndoherty.com/books/cargo/
Q. What's been your favorite place?
Q. Are you afraid of flying?
A. I have nothing against flying and flew quite regularly before starting this trip. I chose to embark on this no-fly adventure because I figured it would be a more interesting/challenging/adventurous way to travel.
Q. Where have you been so far?
A. Ireland > England > Netherlands > Germany > Switzerland > Austria > Hungary > Romania > Turkey > Iran > UAE > India > Nepal > India > Thailand > Cambodia > Laos > Vietnam > China > Hong Kong > China > Vietnam > Laos > Thailand > Laos > China > South Korea > Japan > Peru
Q. I want to do something like this! Any tips?
A. See here: http://www.ndoherty.com/planning/