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What It's Like to See the World for Almost No Money by Traveling on Container Ships

By Vice

Are you flexible about time? Are you cool with being rocked out of bed by a storm? Container ship travel might be for youRead full story

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  • Uhhh, what stage of late capitalism is this??

    These chumps are seeking to monetize anything--ANYTHING. My grandmother came to this country as a refugee--a stowaway on just toss kind of freight vessel. This feels to be like just another version of the third world tourism that has permeated the global tourism economy. "World traveling" first world tourists pay to "play stowaway" and see the world "in a different way"... meanwhile, some punks are earning wheelbarrows of cash to feed the need for rich

    Uhhh, what stage of late capitalism is this??

    These chumps are seeking to monetize anything--ANYTHING. My grandmother came to this country as a refugee--a stowaway on just toss kind of freight vessel. This feels to be like just another version of the third world tourism that has permeated the global tourism economy. "World traveling" first world tourists pay to "play stowaway" and see the world "in a different way"... meanwhile, some punks are earning wheelbarrows of cash to feed the need for rich kids, bored with their lives, to seek novelty. My gut reaction to this is that it's just...icky.

  • This gives another dimension to "living off the grid". And, it kind of makes me wish I could rewind times to before I had a family because this sounds like quite an adventure. My significant other served in the Navy so he would be able to hack it a bit better than myself but it would be a cheap way to travel the world.

    He is obviously a special case but I would love to know if there's any chance of this becoming a future option. It could provide the option of traveling to other continents to people who just can't afford fly.

  • I think his mission is pretty cool. The days of catching a passenger ship across the sea are over unless you book a cruise and most cruises wouldn’t take you to every country like a container ship would, and they’d be much more expensive! I imagine since he is working with the Red Cross that there is probably more to this mission than meets the eye but I think it’s interesting that he is sharing the experience. I can’t imagine that there will be many people flocking to take a container ship across

    I think his mission is pretty cool. The days of catching a passenger ship across the sea are over unless you book a cruise and most cruises wouldn’t take you to every country like a container ship would, and they’d be much more expensive! I imagine since he is working with the Red Cross that there is probably more to this mission than meets the eye but I think it’s interesting that he is sharing the experience. I can’t imagine that there will be many people flocking to take a container ship across the ocean but it’s good to know that it could be a option for someone who has plenty of time and is looking to travel the world on a budget.

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