Worked my passage - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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work (one's) passage
To do work in exchange for free travel to a specific town or country. After his company went bust in Los Angeles, Martin had to work his passage back to his family's home in Britain.
work your passage work in return for a free place on a voyage.
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To be honest, I didn't want to be a chartered accountant, but after school I took a year off and worked my passage
on a merchant ship to Australia and spent seven months building houses in New Guinea.
I worked my passage
in local papers, learning about the way people live, before going to Fleet Street to write about life in industry: strikes, the unions - the conflict that made the Seventies and Eighties a great time for reporting, but a horror for many of those who lived through it.