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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 information 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 ...


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No. India has train connections with Pakistan and Bangladesh, only. Bangladesh has no international train connections except with India. Pakistan also has a connection with Iran. This is the Quetta - Zahedan line, but PakRail does not offer tickets for this line at the moment, at least, not online. So, perhaps this line is currently not running. From ...


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OK, I can answer a good part of this. From Europe, you can get into Russia fairly simply with a visa - tourist visa is for 1 month max, however, which is a bit limiting (maybe not for you, but it was for me). From there I went south and into Kazakhstan, across Uzbekistan, into Tajikistan. Afterwards I continued north - Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, back into ...


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From a mathematical point of view, computing the optimal route is actually rather interesting. The shortest route between all European capitals is a classic case of the traveling salesman problem, and here's one potential solution: (courtesy u/OmgU8MyRice on r/MapPorn) Which comes out to 22,151 km, but it omits Iceland (tut tut) and you need to fly ...


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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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Here's a detailed description of the 2008 trip of two Austrian and Swiss railway enthusiasts to North Korea by train via the (only a few kilometers long) border to Russia, the connection mentioned in Mark's answer. It's a fascinating read, but I get the impression that the only reason these guys were allowed in was that no Western tourist had tried this ...


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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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OK, I am going to give it a try. Unlike, say, going overland to India, I don't know driving-through-every-country-in-Europe to be a thing. Unless I am wrong about that, I doubt you will find much information addressing that directly or that there could be one correct answer to this question. Consequently, any route or plan someone could come up would be ...


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This is quite normal, and is not a tax. Tourists entering Mexico are required to get an FMM tourist/visitor permit. The fee for this is $500 MX, and is payable if your stay is between 7 and 180 days. Less than 7 days there is no fee. If you plan to leave and re-enter Mexico several times (in 180 days) you can ask for the FMM to be valid up to 180 days, ...


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This is a well-trod trail on the backpacker circuit, and Seat 61 has the full scoop, but here's the outline: Train from Delhi to the end of the line at Gorakhpur, overnight, US$10-50 depending on class of sleeper Bus to border at Sunauli, one and half hours, ~$2 Cross border on foot Bus to Kathmandu, 9-12 hours (overnight buses available), ~$6 So it's ...


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I'm assuming you mean onboard. It's perfectly safe. I've travelled from Washington, D.C. to Chicago, and down to Austin, Texas (two and a half days). I've also done a bit in the Pacific North West, and from NYC to Phily. So I feel I can speak on this a bit. (I also did a LOT of it in Canada on a coast to coast trip, but that was split up with buses ...


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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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Train, hands down. It's the way to travel in India, unless you're in such a blazing hurry that you need to fly (and you don't appear to be). Trains are: cheaper, as you've already discovered, even in the AC sleeper class (you'll want to steer clear of non-AC as a first-timer in India) more comfortable, since the rails are smooth and you can move around ...


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The historic principality of Jammu and Kashmir is split between the Pakistani Azad Kashmir ('free Kashmir') and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. India and Pakistan have fought wars over the control of Kashmir and you can absolutely not cross the line of control which serves as the de facto border. Not only that, but as a foreigner you are are not even ...


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Well...assuming you have a visa to get in, and assuming the tour company can meet up with you, and assuming the North Korea government allows you to travel on your own... North Korea - by Train Train K27/K28 connect Pyongyang to Beijing in China via Tianjin, Tangshan, Beidaihe, Shanhaiguan, Jinzhou, Shenyang, Benxi, Fenghuangcheng, Dandong and ...


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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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So here's update 3 years later. I've did the trip in Oct-Dec 2017. So it was totally possible then, I believe it's still is now. In short: all went fine. I've went through Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-India. I'm very glad I did it this way, as all countries and its people were fantastic and incredibly interesting, especially those least known and visited: Iran and ...


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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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How high is "high"? Poking around on Ryanair, I can see fares of eg. 49 GBP all in for Stansted to Porto on July 13, and it's a 3-hour train ride from there to Lisbon. I don't think there's any way you can get there even nearly as cheaply by train alone, but if you want to try, Seat 61 lists out the options: http://www.seat61.com/Portugal.htm Based on the ...


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There are some direct buses from Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile. For example, CATA Internacional runs a daily bus, on weekdays only (Mon-Fri), which leaves at 17:00 from BA (Retiro) and arrives next day at approximately 12:30 (= duration ~19.5 hours). The price is $AR 900 / USD ~105 (semicama without service) or $AR 1050 / USD ~125 (cama ...


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Halifax – New York by train via Montreal 32 hours and 5 minutes, all the way by train. This is likely the most comfortable option, in particular if you book accommodation on the train. It's probably the more expensive alternative. Day 1 Via Rail operate the Ocean from Halifax to Montreal, departing 12:30 on Tuesday, Friday, Sunday, arriving at Montreal ...


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OK, so my friend - Kylie Phaup-Stephens, has a blog on bugbitten. Over the period of 20 months from ANZAC Day(25th of April) 2009 to the end of 2010, she cycled from London, UK to Christchurch, NZ. Naturally, she had to use water methods at some point. She struggled for a while to find a boat to Aus - and a visa (a legacy law means that even Kiwis need a ...


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First, it will not be "straight and easy": the Middle East is full of unstable countries, underdeveloped infrastructure, political and diplomatical issues between neighbor countries and bureaucracy. But it can be interesting to travel these routes and discover less-traveled places and meet locals nevertheless. From Europe to the Middle East The first part ...


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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 either ...


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Annoyed already pointed out some good thoughts. Some more from my side on top of that. What you have to consider is that the distances in Western Europe are larger (Spain, France, Germany and Italy are rather large countries) but the distances in Eastern Europe can be more troublesome despite being smaller (quality of infrastructure, visa requirements, ...


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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 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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