work (one's) passage

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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.
See also: passage, work

work your passage

work in return for a free place on a voyage.
See also: passage, work
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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.