The Cargo Ship Diaries

44 Months, 37 Countries, 0 Flights

The Cargo Ship Diaries

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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?

This one:

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


A few highlights from my trip across the Pacific.

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A few photos from my trip across the Pacific.