Best Hitching Advice:
The less plans you make and the less expectations you have, the better. This way you can simply enjoy events just as they happen without being disappointed if they're different from what you planned or expected. If you let it, life itself will present you with more fascinating scenario than your imagination. So, go to the road, hitch a ride, go along to wherever your driver is going and see what happens.

 

"It's good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

Here are some of our thoughts about hitch-hiking - aquired during our hitch-hiking journey around the world: www.hitchhiketheworld.com  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

SOME THOUGHTS AND TIPS FOR A HAPPY HITCH-HIKING TRIP:


PHILOSOPHICAL:

 

  • You can't be in a hurry. Not just "arriving" but the process of "getting there" is what hitch-hiking is all about. So give yourself the time to enjoy the journey, not just the destination. 

  • If you're getting impatient waiting forever at the side of the road, remind yourself of the second universal law of hitch-hiking and reflect that maybe it's better that all those cars that passed you didn't stop for you - you are still waiting for the right person. 

  • The less plans you make and the less expectations you have, the better. This way you can simply enjoy events just as they happen without being disappointed if they're different from what you planned or expected. If you let it, life itself will present you with more fascinating scenario than your imagination. So, go to the road, hitch a ride, go along to wherever your driver is going and see what happens. 

  • Pack light. Leave at home your worries, your expectations and your watch. Take instead a good supply of patience and humor.

    PRACTICAL:

  • Make it easy for the drivers - choose a place where they can see you from a distance and can easily and safely pull off without blocking the traffic. 

  • When police arrives always be polite. If they're mean and tell you hitch-hiking is illegal, tell them you had no idea and promise not to do it again. If they're friendly, ask them for a ride! 

  • Don't hitch on the freeways - it's dangerous, ineffective and illegal. Stand on an entrance ramp. 

  • While freeways are definitely the fastest, back roads are much more interesting. And sometimes the less traffic there is, the more chance you will actually get picked up. 

    ABOUT SAFETY: 

  • We've all heard stories of terrible things that happened to hitch-hikers. At the same time, consider that you won't hear stories of hundreds of other successful and happy hitch-hikers on the evening news. 

  • You don't need to hitch-hike to get robbed, raped or murdered. It can happen while walking down your own street or to your kid at school. And you still walk down the streets and send kids to school. And even if you don't, you can still be murdered/robbed/raped without ever leaving your apartment. 

  • Our minds work like magnets and we attract to our lives whatever we think about or fear most. This way, if you go hitch-hiking and fear every driver as a potential serial killer, you increase your chances of getting killed. On the other hand, if you truly believe that people pick you up because they want to help you and that everything will be all right - so it WILL. We've checked it. It works. 

  • It takes as much trust and courage for your driver to stop and pick you up as for you to get into their car. Hitch-hiking requires trust on both sides.

    Consider all this, check how you feel and if you're longing for an adventure and feel you can do it, pack light, go to the road and stick your thumb out. 


    Kinga Freespirit