Originally Posted by joy
in portugal, some one told me about going to south america via working on a boat...ive just started looking and got to your post...
any hints/info from you or anyone greatly apreciated x cheers
You can most probably forget about 'working' - it's close to non-existent and also you need adequate papers, it's not as simple as working on a building site -at least to my knowledge.
Hints: Extreme patience, spend time with the sailors, show an interest, expect to pay for your expenses. And when it comes down to it - be at the right place at the right time.
There are places in Portugal where you can possibly find a boat. But out of respect to them people so it doesn't get filled up with random travelers - I'm not going to share it.
Other than that, as said patience, patience and more patience, oh and a smile helps.