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August 23, 2010

Top tips for hitchhiking

If you are choosing to hitch hike, you are choosing to give up certain freedoms of traveling though you’ll most likely gain some others. Depending of course on the country, most people don’t choose to hitch hike. Why would they? Hitch hiking can be painfully slow, boring, lonely and then there’s all those stories your mom told you about crazy people and how dangerous it can be. But of course, if you’re like me and try never to listen to your mom and don’t mind on occasion standing around for hours with not much to do, hitch hiking is the way to go.

There’s all kinds of tips, aka common sense, that’ll be picked up along the way. Such things like hold up a sign with your destination on it or stand in a place where cars can easily stop and pick you up. These are worthwhile tips, but it only takes one occasion of standing on the side of the road with cars whizzing past you like a fat kid in a cafeteria line to realize that nobody’s stopping. I could go on and on about such things, as what to wear or how to stand when hitching for a ride, but everyone’s different. And not just the hitchers the drivers too, so who knows what works best for getting rides, and besides, these are just details. As far as I’m concerned it all comes down to two basic rules, keep an open mind and trust your gut.

Assuming you’re not hitch hiking out of economic necessity you’re in it for the experience, and lets face it sometimes that experience won’t be so great. You might find yourself waiting for hours to get out of Prague, only to walk up the hill to take a picture of your girlfriend standing in the first position of a LONG line of hitchers trying to go east. Luckily this can be an excellent technique, for the first young Czech male that rounds the bend and sees your girlfriend slows to a stop. But as long as she’s not going anywhere without you, you scored yourself a ride to Bruno. You may unfortunately hitch a hundred kilometers on a tiny Bulgarian road to the Turkish boarder, only to find out you have to pay about 20 dollars as a U.S. American for a Turkish visa. With no money, and the nearest bank and/or ATM a hundred kilometers back in the town you just came from, there’s no choice but to go back and do it again. Outside of your home country you could run into problems with the language and find yourself arguing with an elderly Romanian man who just gave you a ride, never being sure what it was about, but thinking you shouldn’t have used your digital camera in his presence.

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