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1. Posted by itinerant (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y


This is my first post. I'm in the saving/planning stages of a 6+ month backpacking excursion. Something that I've been extremely interested in is starting my journey to Europe by boat.

So far all I've been able to find is luxury cruises. I'm looking to travel for very little money or in exchange for work. The next step in my research may be to take a trip down to Charleston, SC (1.5hrs from home) and talk to some people at the dock there.

Please let me know if you have any leads that I could follow. Thanks.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Check this site for example, I am sure there are more.

It has an english version as well

There are routes where Charleston is the last stop in the US before going to Felixtowe in UK directly. Maybe you can get a good price for only that part. Otherwise, it's expensive as well.

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

There are several companies that offer an assortment of routes.

Also look at:

and run by a friend of mine, Jack, and occassional poster here on TP, who did a UK-Canada cargo boat trip last autumn and has a video about it on the site which will give you some more ideas.

4. Posted by itinerant (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Thanks for your help. I'll check out those links and keep the thread updated if I find anything definite.

5. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 9y


Smyril Lines operates a ferry from Iceland to Bergen, Norway and the Shetland Islands (where you can catch another ferry to Scotland). It takes 2-3 days and costs about $300. It's only halfway across the Atlantic, and you'd have to fly to Iceland, but it would be an interesting trip.