The Cargo Ship Diaries

44 Months, 37 Countries, 0 Flights

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Ever wonder what it would be like to spend a month at sea? To travel the world without flying? To have your life threatened in Nepal? To run out of money in the Middle East? To flirt with one hundred women in the Netherlands?

Written primarily aboard a freighter while crossing the Pacific Ocean, The Cargo Ship Diaries is something of a memoir of Niall Doherty’s 44 months traveling around the world without flying, the highs and the lows and the lessons learned. We start off in Japan as he’s about to board the cargo ship, and throughout the book flash back to times spent in Amsterdam, Bucharest, Kathmandu, Bangkok and the likes.

“I wish I could have written a book this awesome.” – Jack Kerouac

Expect plenty of taboo topics, tales of dating misadventures, and honest takes on places like India and Iran. If you like the Momentos series on Niall’s blog, you’ll absolutely love this book.

Buy now and receive your copy immediately via email…

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I don’t have an eReader. How can I read this thing?

You can download the free Kindle app to your browser, computer, phone or tablet, and read it that way.

If this sucks, can I get my money back?

Sure. Just shoot me an email ([email protected]) within 30 days of receiving the book and I’ll give you a full refund. Then I’ll go cry in a corner :'(

How long is the book?

47,211 words on 172 pages. You can read through the whole thing in about four hours.

What route did you take around the world?

See the map below, or check here for a full listing of the stops along my route.

Is there a surprise ending?

Yes, but I’m going to ruin it for you right now: In the last chapter I reveal that I’ve never actually left Ireland, and have been fooling everyone with my photo and video editing skills for years. Suckers!

Did Jack Kerouac really say that about your book?

Um, no. He died thirteen years before I was born. So I kinda lied. Sorry. I hope we can still be friends. Here’s a real testimonial to make amends…

“This shit be tight, yo!” – Marco Polo

How do I get this thing onto my Kindle?

Once you’ve bought the book and downloaded the .mobi file, follow the instructions here.

Are there cargo ship sound effects to go with the audio version of the book?

I think you can hear a toilet flush at the end of chapter ten. That’s about as good as it gets.

Can I buy this book on

Yes, you can. Click here. I’m perfectly fine with you buying the book that way, and you’ll read the exact same thing, but I can’t offer you the money-back guarantee or the audio version like I can here.

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  1. Michael Shortall

    Cannot wait to read this book. Nialls last book was defo a gateway for me to building a life I want .. When I’m successful . I will happily credit this man for getting that snowball rolling

  2. Ian Robinson

    Niall Doherty is an inspiration. I can attest that he is an excellent writer and I’m deeply looking forward to his latest book. He’s honest, open and a genuinely good person with a story to rival any other. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.

  3. Jonny Blair

    This is sure to be an amazing book from an incredible adventure. I’m really glad that I met up with Niall during his journey. I can’t wait to read his book!

  4. Harish Sharma

    In life everyone has to do something or the other to make a living. One of the hardest part is to know WHAT. I have seen a lot of people pack their bags and head to the unknown. With no plan, little money and no particular direction. They travel the world fighting all odds, learning about new places, cultures, customs etc. This is a story of one such traveler. This book will inspire all those who want to explore the world. Nice book and well written.

  5. Carlo Cretaro

    Another fine chapter in the chronicles of Mr.Doherty. A remarkable person with a unique way with his digital pen. I’ve read his first book on p$%ing off zombies, and I’ll be reading this one as well.

  6. Phil

    Does the audio version come with the book if I buy via gumroad on this site?

    • Niall Doherty

      Hi Phil. I took down the option to purchase the audio version temporarily because I was having difficulty getting it uploaded. I should have it up tomorrow though. I’ll shoot you an email when it’s ready.

      • Phil

        Thanks Niall!

  7. John Bardos

    Just downloaded the book and can’t wait to start reading it!

  8. Will Peach

    Niall, as a person, has made one of the most profound impacts on my life. Niall, as a writer, resonates even deeper. This is the book everyone who’s been reading him all these years has been waiting for. A beautiful glimpse into his heart and soul.

  9. Laila Atallah

    Niall’s writing and approach to living are both unique & exceptional. His Momentos, in particular, always pack a punch. His is one of the only newsletters that I actually click to open almost every time. And he rarely disappoints. Really looking forward to reading and listening, Niall.

    • Steph

      I second that! Not a big newsletter reader but I always read Niall’s.
      Greatly look forward to reading this book!

  10. Ellen Bard

    Niall, I thought this was a well written and very readable book. You’re a storyteller in the true Irish style. And kudos on the productivity of writing it (and another?! what else have we got to look forward to?) in just 26 days.

  11. Dominik

    Awesome, enjoyed your video

  12. Aditya

    Are you really saying that, that you never left home made this all up with your photo and video editing skills or are you just sarcastically cheeky?

    Legit question.

    • Niall Doherty

      I was being sarcastically cheeky. If I really did posses those photo and video editing skills, I’d be a highly sought after graphic artist.

  13. BigDave

    Did you ever change your jeans whilst on the cargo ship?

  14. Chris

    Alright mate I just bought the book! Even if it sucks you have all my respect! I have a quick question though, was it cheaper to take the cargo than a plane? Or you just made it to keep the legend alive?

    • Niall Doherty

      Thanks, Chris 🙂

      Definitely not cheaper to take the cargo ship. It cost $4,500!

  15. Tony DeMarco

    Hi Niall I live in Fort Lauderdale I’m defo going to check out your book. Looking forward to your adventurous life. Always had a vision of doing what you did but never did it.

    Thanks Mate
    Tony DeMarco

  16. James Barr

    Love the video 🙂


  17. Debbie

    I have been following your blog for sometime and really enjoyed it!
    I will read your book, I bet it’s a great read!

  18. Ying Reinhardt

    Could we see a picture of Dreamboat? 🙂

    Am currently reading your book and find it absolutely delightful. What a page turner. Could find myself relating to you and your adventures in many ways.

    Did you write it all within 26 days? I’m writing a memoir about my time working on cruise ships and reading your book helps me walk down the memory lane a little.

  19. Damian

    Just a tip. I know you are a web developer, maybe add: overflow-x: hidden;

    Because on the mobile version of this website their is a blank space if you scroll to the right.


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