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Traveling, science, reading, music, leisure.
Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Hyperspace by Michio Kaku, anything by Kurt Vonnegut
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How to cross the ocean on a freighter ship

Posted on September 7, 2009 at 10:00pm 8 Comments

At the Port of Long Beach, California, I boarded a freighter named the Punjab Senator. Twenty-two days later I got off the ship in Singapore after a winter crossing of the Pacific. This trip wasn’t for everyone, but it was definitely an adventure I’ll remember for the rest of my life. This is what you need to know to get started…

First things first…COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS about freighter travel.

1.) Freighter travel is a cheap… Continue

International Backpacking 101

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 5:35pm 0 Comments

I have circumnavigated the earth on a shoestring budget without the use of airplane, traveling through 43 countries via land and sea. By traveling on a freighter ship across the north Pacific, camel-trekking through the Sahara, and riding a horse at full gallop across the wide open Mongolian countryside, I not only learned about the forty-three countries I traveled through, but I picked up a few great backpacking tips. Here I've included some of most useful tips.

1. Take advantage of… Continue

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At 12:17am on February 9, 2010, Brett McKay said…
If I can ever think of anything, I'll let you know. But feel free to throw some ideas at me.
At 6:35am on February 4, 2010, Michael J. Austin said…
At 1:15am on February 4, 2010, Brett McKay said…
Happy Birthday, Joseph! Hope you've been well and getting to travel.
At 9:29am on October 25, 2009, Chris Fawthrop said…
Hi Joseph,

I was wondering if you had any advice for a college student wanting to travel the world safely, but with plenty of room to experience many different things, i.e. no tourist places.

Thank you,

At 5:45pm on September 3, 2009, DP said…
Thanks man, it's always fun talking to a fellow traveller. Keep up the good work.
At 3:52pm on September 1, 2009, Cody Austin said…
Hi Joseph, I am interested in traveling the world as soon as possible, hopefully this summer. I'm also interested like Joshua Tyler in how you landed a place on a freighter ship. I don't have any specific plans yet, but any info about sea passage would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Cody Austin
At 12:30pm on September 1, 2009, Joshua Tyler said…
Great, really appreciate your help.

- J
At 8:32am on September 1, 2009, Dave Brown said…
Hi Joseph, is there an email where I can reach you? Dave :)
At 5:27am on September 1, 2009, Joshua Tyler said…
Hi Joseph. I'm planning a trek around the Caribbean basin in a year or two, and in order to get to Mexico I really want to go by freighter rather than a passenger plane. Being as you did something very similar to get across the Pacific, do you have any advice on how to get a place on a ship? Did you work on board with the crew to earn your stay or were you just a passenger? Any advice would be extremely useful as this is the main obstacle in my plan.


At 5:38pm on August 27, 2009, Joseph P. Lenze said…
Thanks for the warm welcomes! I really enjoy this site and I will do my best to contribute.

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