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Posted: 7/21/2001 7:56:25 PM EDT
Well, how would I get there.... I have about $1200 to my name right now, and want to see someone for a few days... more than anything in the world... I don't care how long it takes, I wouldn't mind working as crew on a boat... how can I get there on the cheap?
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:02:32 PM EDT
Enlist in the NAV and make a WestPac.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:03:13 PM EDT
Spend $10 to call a poor son of a bitch in Cuba and ask him/her how to make one of those rafts out of old tires, beer cans, and twine. Then go to your local dump and pick up the needed items, build yourself a sea worthy boat, hitch hike to the shore line, steal some food, and start paddling. p.s. you might want to take a handgun with because when you are starving to death a hundred miles out it would be better just to die.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:04:04 PM EDT
Do you have a good backstroke? Quantas had a deal to Sydney a while back for $800-900 USD. I would call them and ask. Its a nontourist time of year so the prices might be cheaper. Good luck.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:05:40 PM EDT
Collect cans at a college football game. My buddies and I collected over a $1000 in bottle deposits at one University of Michigan game in one day.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:06:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:08:19 PM EDT
Take a courier flight. [link]http://www.courier.org/[/link] That one is in the UK but I'm sure you could find US flights. Only drawback is you don't get to bring anything but a carry-on.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:10:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:12:05 PM EDT
Check the cargo shipping firms. You might have to do some e-mails to some Japanese firms. I understand that they do allow passengers at times. Heck Micheal Palin did it in the series "Around the world in 80 days". It can be cheap, but you pay for it... it takes forever. But look at it as an adventure!
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 8:20:52 PM EDT
The cargo thing is interesting. Get a fridge box and cut some air holes into it. Seal yourself with some water, food, warm clothing, a blanket and pillow, a sealable can for waste, and maybe a CD player with extra batteries. Did I forget any essentials guys? Have your buddy take you to UPS/FEDEX or any of the airlines that handle cargo.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 10:12:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/21/2001 10:12:44 PM EDT by WSmac]
1.sneak out in a raft past the surf on the west coast. 2.when the coast guard picks you up use your best fake Aussie accent and convince them you have just illegaly arrived in U.S. waters. 3.After a few days in detention, you will be sent "home" Oh, Wait a minute. Actually, that's how you get American citizenship. Sorry! Try: [url]http://members.sailnet.com[/url] look under: message board - crew wanted, these are contacts to people who need crews and/or those who are looking to crew. You could go to directly to where the boats are and ask around.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 10:14:47 PM EDT
$1200 should easily get you a round trip from LA to Sydney. Just borrow or bum money for the Greyhound to LA.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 10:27:24 PM EDT
$5 innertube from your local Goodyear.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 10:28:16 PM EDT
Vyper45, its $998 to Sydney from LA right now on Nippon AIR, $1089 via Quantas. Rainman says they have never suffered a crash. Travelocity.com
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 11:46:00 PM EDT
Book a trip aboard a freighter. They are cheap and not as slow as some people thinks. Several friends and I went to Sweden aboard one during the summer break in 1984. It took 20 days to get there from NY and cost about $230 one way. Return trip was only 18 days and cost less than $200. I think they also had a trip to Hong Kong from San Francisco for about same cost. These freighters charged by days of voyage and not distance.
Link Posted: 7/21/2001 11:57:02 PM EDT
G'day from Sydney, sorry stealing a loaf of bread does'nt get you here anymore for free. If you are fair dinkum, you'll need a travel visa with your passport. Its 15hrs direct from LA or 9hrs from Hawaii. Its winter, so not much happening at the beach. Big Macs are $A2.85, beer $A22.00/24 bottles, and your $US1.00 buys about $A1.96! Pizza Hut large pizzas are $A7.45ea. Thats $US 3.75 or so! Its cheap for you Yanks to come here! Go for it.
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 2:32:42 AM EDT
Since everyone's joking around... - Hitch a ride with a Manta Ray. Only problem would be your continuous need for oxygen and the Manta Ray might not be going to Aussieland. - Be like Swayze from Point Break and surf the pipeline - Ride a tsunami But seriously, check out the cargo ship thing.
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 3:25:58 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 7:03:32 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 7:09:12 AM EDT
A big box and go federal express !!!! ship yo ass there...when it absolutley, positively,has to be there over nite !!! [x]
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 7:18:10 AM EDT
If I was in this position I believe I would find someone with a large amount of FF miles that might enjoy $500 as much as I would enjoy a few days in the company of a friend in AUS.
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 7:23:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 7:29:55 AM EDT
Wheel well of a 747..just bring a warm coat , a bottle of O2, and something to pee in. Or steal the passport of an Australian national and do something to get deported
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 7:33:26 AM EDT
Forgot to tell you to make sure its a Quantas wheel well your climbing into and not something like Trans-Siberia Airlines...its the one with the Koala Bear on it
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 9:32:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Butkus 51: A big box and go federal express !!!! ship yo ass there...when it absolutley, positively,has to be there over nite !!! [x]
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I've always wanted to try that.
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 10:11:18 AM EDT
The quickest and easiest way is to shop online and make an offer.. see if any airline bites. I know this is serious to you, hon, so I wish you luck. [:D]
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 10:17:06 AM EDT
If you are active Military, or I believe even active Reserve, you could take a MAC flight. Those ran $25.00 when I was in, they probably went up some. Of course, there is no guarantee of availability for a return seat!
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 11:15:52 AM EDT
does anyone have a link to cargo shipping company that accepts passengers on its cargo ships im curios
Link Posted: 7/22/2001 2:33:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2001 2:30:20 PM EDT by BigZ]
I was giving it some thought also. A final destination wasn't my goal, rather a long, laid back pleasant trip at sea with few(annoying) people and without craziness of a cruise ship. If you're looking for Many, Many days @ sea with little layover, then this is it. Depending upon the cargo as little as 12hrs not usually longer than 3 days in any port. Try these links. [url]http://www.cruisemaris.com/[/url] [url]http://www.ponl.com/topic/home_page/products_and_services/passenger_ships[/url] [url]http://members.aol.com/CruiseAZ/freighters.htm[/url] Good luck.
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