I want to travel from Wroclaw, Poland to my family in Seattle, with less than 1000USD, without flying, within five weeks.
I'm studying in Wroclaw, Poland, almost half way around the world from my home
(I remember as a kid looking at the globe and Ukraine is exactly on the other side of the northern Hemisphere from Seattle).
I'm finished June 23. I intended to stay away from the US for as long as possible, but that whole human heart and loving friends thing urges me to return. That being, I didn't buy a return plane ticket.
My only obligation after June 23 is to see my cousin and uncle in Brighton for a week or so. After that it's time to go.
Perhaps the first question is, "Which direction: East or West?
The criteria for this choice, in order to provide some constraints are:
1. I have less than 1000USD so the cheaper the better.
2. The five week time frame: the point is to return to my loved ones, so I don't want to be on the road for a year.
3. I've flown probably 200 times in my life and I'm over the airports, the turbulence and the rapid descents at the end. So we've ships, trains, autos, horses, bikes and my feet to work with.
And that's where all the questions I browsed on metafilter haven't answered my question
, and why I'm asking you now:
I know how to buy a plane ticket, and I'm accustomed to train travel and I've hitchhiked a few hundred miles before (so the continental portion of travel doesn't bother me) but how do I cross the oceans
I've researched tramp steamers a bit but the interactive map
doesn't show any available ships!
Does anyone have experience hitching rides on ships? Are there other ways to cross oceans (crew on a yacht, tall ship or canoe?)
Is the Bering straight potentially crossable? I'm aware the north pole is melting so that's not really transgressable.
What's the least expensive way to [not fly across] an ocean? And which ocean should I cross?