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Travelling by cargo ship (mostly container but also bulk or ro-ro, never heard anything about travelling on a tanker, presumably for safety reasons) is totally a thing. More info and links to specific agents can be found in previous questions tagged “freighter travel”. Many websites advertise specific journeys but you can always contact an agent and see what ...


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It's possible to travel on cargo ships, though I'm not sure how practical it is. There are certainly container ships sailing backwards and forwards between the west coast of the US and Japan (and China and other parts of east Asia). See, for example, this question.


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Many cruise lines offer transpacific routes. Here is one I found via Google (cruise Vancouver Japan) link If you want to travel regularly, this would not be the best option due to the limited number of ships making that route, but for a one-time trip, it seems reasonable.


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Alternate Answer provided at OP's request: If travel from Europe to India is the goal and specifically flying is the problem, you can travel by ship. One option is vacation style cruise lines such as Norwegian, Cunard, Royal Caribbean which sometimes offer repositioning sailings. However, if you just want to get there, you best bet is booking on a ...


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Disclaimer: this is mostly personal experience, and quite outdated (2015). It depends a lot on how you define "safe" (for example, would you feel safe talking to a border guard threatening you in attempt to squeeze a bribe, but without involving physical violence?), but generally your safest route would be through Europe, Russia and China. Then you have a ...


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The UK Government has travel advisories against all travel into the area of Iran within 100KM of Pakistan. Most of the rest of that path has ony "normal" advisories. Within Pakistan itself, the Southern route has only "normal" advisories, while the Karakoram Highway itself has advisories against all travel. The Northern route you mention (ending through ...


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There's a Metasearch for cruise ships including all costs. You can do a search by region or from region A to region B. Searching California to Asia for the rest of the year it only shows 2 cruises departing for Tokyo from Vancouver, both in September, 14 days ~$1000 with cruise line Celebrity http://cruisesheet.com/?from=California%2FWest+Coast&...


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The long way around: It may be possible to get to Israel overland from Europe via a ridiculously circuitous route that avoids the current (2016) trouble spots in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Saharan Africa. The first step is to get to Iran, by one of the following routes: From mainland Europe to Turkey, thence west to Iran, crossing the border into Iran ...


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Not a terribly practical suggestion, perhaps, but one British woman has rowed solo from Japan to Alaska.


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According to their website, in 2016 Salamis Cruise Lines operates an occasional roundtrip cruise from Limassol, Cyprus to Haifa, Israel and back. You would need to contact them to see exactly what happens if you decided not to get back on the ship (assuming you want to visit Israel for more than a day), and it's probably substantially more expensive than ...


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The title and the body ask different questions. Strictly overland is going to be very problematic. It would require passing through at least one of Iraq or Syria. Large parts of both are currently under the control of ISIS and Syria currently has multiple factions fighting for control. Possibly you could edge your way round the east and south of Iraq into ...


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If you want to avoid going through Russia, that's a unique challenge. You can try the Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-India route as described https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Istanbul_to_New_Delhi_over_land here. It's very detailed; your challenges might be getting the right visas and the Iran-Pakistan border. Or you can take a more northern route. Let's look at the ...


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Yes you can drive between Barrow and Prudhoe Bay with proper permits. See below. 11/16/2015 www.adn.com Arnie Arey and his specially outfitted truck, pictured here with other vehicles, haul newly purchased trucks and other cargo by sled, hundreds of miles along the snow and ice between Prudhoe Bay and Barrow, providing a winter link to the state's road ...


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A transit visa is indeed possible (they are issued all the time to commercial vehicle drivers and third country nationals), but recently they have stopped issuing them for non-nationals - and issue them on a case-by-case basis. By national I mean citizen of the destination country; for example an Egyptian national traveling by road from UAE to Egypt. You'...


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The answer to your question is rather opinion based and very much depends on your personal behaviour. Meanwhile, few people who have actually traveled to Iran will call it 'unsafe', though of course Afghanistan and Pakistan can be quite volatile. Plenty of people make this journey. Tony Wheeler and his wife, founders of Lonely Planet, are a well known ...


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I can answer only about Russian part of your trip. You can avoid "Kazakhstan > Uzbekistan >Tajikistan > Kyrgyzstan", Russia has a common border with China. It will extend you trip, but not too much. Your best option for most of the path is train (at least for solo trip). There is a train route from Moscow to Khabarovsk which is located near the Chinese ...


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I also googled and http://www.freighter-travel.com/travel-itineraries.html lists what you are asking for, it says 1000 eur. Try googling simply cargo ship travel to Japan. Also see http://www.travltips.com/cruises/freighter/fareast.php


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Currently, no. There is no road connecting the two countries. Briefly and recently, a ferry ran between Panama and Colombia. However, it seems it is no longer available: Their Facebook page is empty, their website is suspended. Outdated information at Wikioverland suggests the ferry didn't run for most of 2015 either.


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Another option, not mentioned until now is covoiturage or ride-sharing. It's becoming quite popular in France. The main operator in this space is https://www.blablacar.fr/ (I am a user/member but otherwise unconnected to them). Beginning this year, rules regarding long-distance busses have changed so it's possible that cheaper bus-based options will appear ...


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Depends which country you from, but if you have a visitor visa and if you going to stay longer than 7 days, you have to be registered within 7 working days after arrival to each new place of your stay in Russia! Official source (Russian): http://www.fms.gov.ru/document/3834 С момента прибытия в место пребывания на территории Российской Федерации ...


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[TL;DR] An existing, valid, visa waiver does not remove the requirement for ESTA. To fly in you need ESTA. The fact that you already have a visa waiver allowing you to visit for 90 days is irrelevant. Full discussion When I made this trip, maybe 3 years ago, I couldn't find anything on the ESTA, or Customs and Border Protection help websites that deals ...


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You need special permits to cross from India or China to Myanmar; as the border is not open for free travel. The crossing point in India is at Moreh (image from NY Times): It is not possible to cross into Myanmar from Bangladesh (there are no borders). You need to obtain a visa in advance to cross into Myanmar. You can get this at the Myanmar embassy in ...


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You can do it! It will probably take you a couple of days, but there are national "highways" that will take you down through Gabon (passing not far from Libreville - which would definitely be worth making the detour to see!) and all the way across the Republic of the Congo, passing very close to Dolisie (the third biggest city in the RC). Unfortunately, ...


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What is miss in the answers already here is the 'going by train' option the OP mentions. Driving is not necessary a requirement either, taking the train for some of it would be fine, possibly preferable. There is a record for the most countries by train within 24 hours, or something close to that. And because of that there are online discussions and ...


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There is a not-too-difficult way. Buy a boat large enough to transport a car. Drive your car onto the boat. Have the boat sail to Hawaii with your car on it. Depending on how strict your definition of driving is, you may want to stay on the car and/or keep it on at all time, for instance circling around the main deck. Bring enough gas. Once you have ...


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The correct answer is no, it is not possible to drive to Hawaii. However, you can have your car transported there by freight (ship) and drive around the island you have it shipped to. Visiting more than one island with your car would incur additional charges. If you're going for an extended stay you can ship other things in the container with your car. ...


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I once read an article in a surf magazine, maybe Surfer's Path about surfing the Black sea coast line around Sinop. I've been to Black Sea coastline in the winter. There were nice waves.


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In Uganda, outside of the main urban centres, it's hard to find accommodation that's reasonable value for money. Either it's very expensive (and not too bad), or extremely cheap (and quite bad, if not really bad). Or there's nothing at all. Camping inside the national parks is not too much of a problem, though you will have to pay park fees, which, for ...


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Go to Ubung bus terminal, catch a bus to Gilimanuk, cross by ferry to Banyuwangi (Ketapang), continue to Surabaya, take long-distance bus across Java to Jakarta. This will take at least 24 hours, much of it on bad roads with suicidal bus drivers hopped up on drugs. Most travel agencies can organize a through ticket for you, or you can try to find your own ...


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At the moment, Pullman del Sur offers direct connections between Santiago and Asuncion. From Santiago, they leave every Tuesday at 11am for 80.000 CLP. Crucero del Norte also travels between Santiago to Asuncion. They leave every Monday and Friday at 11:50am. You switch busses in Cordoba, but you buy just one ticket in Santiago. The cost is 70.000 CLP or 78....



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