5 reasons you should hitchhike

Summer of 2012 was no less than awesome. My friend and I gallivanted freely throughout much of Western Europe with little money, enough food and supplies to stuff into 1.5 backpacks, and ambition to see and experience as much as possible before running the bank accounts dry. We cut costs significantly by tent camping anywhere we could, hitchhiking and walking often. Often, most people balk at the idea of hitchhiking, so I’d like to make a case for it:

1. Drivers are just as scared of Hitchhikers, but even the skeptics will pull through. 

In Northern Italy, a man picked three of us up, and drove us into rural somewhere. In the car, we discussed why he chose to pick us up, and uncovered that he thought it was very likely we were going to mug him and take his car, and that he would be left with nothing. He still picked us up, and all parties involved were safe 🙂

The skeptics are so friendly!
The skeptics are so friendly!

2. You may get to listen to Muse, riding through the Alps at 120 miles per hour in a Land Rover

Right before we were rapidly transported through France
Right before we were rapidly transported through France. While it may not have been safe, it was so fun

3. What? A ride in a Maserati?

I haven't touched a Maserati since.
This hasn’t ever happened since.

4. You will be fed.

There were dozens (literally, dozens) of different people who randomly gave us food along the way. While we never asked for it, the outpouring of support from total strangers happened nearly every day. We’re talking loaves of bread, free pizzas, fruit, entire dinners, the works. As if giving free rides wasn’t enough!

Brenna, gutting our fresh roadkill of the day in France
Brenna, gutting our fresh roadkill of the day in France

5. You will be clothed.

This guy literally took off his pants and gave them to me when mine were tattered.
This guy literally took off his pants and gave them to me when mine were tattered.

Out of the 100+ rides we hitched during the summer, one was a precarious story. This goes to show, you have better odds of getting bitten by a shark than getting attacked by someone accepting your hitch. AND, it’s a free way to experience places 🙂

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6 thoughts on “5 reasons you should hitchhike

  1. And also you will be hosted 😀 so many times during my hitchhiking in China drivers paid for a hotel or just invited me to their houses! I can say that China is a perfect country for hitchhiking

    Oh, sure, and the main reason is that you will feel free and happy being on the road

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