Everywhere, one of the first questions we heard was: "Isn't it dangerous?" - No. It's not. To go by car in the first place is the dangerous thing. Hitchhiking is as safe as you make it: We only go with people with who we feel comfortable. Other questions centered around the feasibility. Despite all adverse conditions (low population density, Iranian don't know what is hitching) Iran turned out to be the best country to thumb up lifts. Even the other countries were far easier to hitchhike than Germany. With one exception … India.
We had an awesome time hitching Indian tractors etc. but we would rather go for the unforgettable train rides on future trips. Autostop in India is exhausting: Sometimes it takes you more than half an hour to only explain what you do. Other reasons: Extreme cheap public transport and scarce long distance traffic on roads. Can you imagine that one of the four principal highways leaving 20-million-Mumbai is a two-lane (!!!) road?http://thumbingasia.blogspot.com/
I stuck out my thumb, held up my cardboard sign and smiled. Most drivers smiled back or waved. After only five short minutes, a white four-door sedan pulled over. I grabbed by heavy pack and headed over – I’d snagged my first ride as a hitchhiker in New Zealand.
New Zealand is probably one of the best countries to hitchhike in, due in large part to the overall friendliness of the population. Hitchhiking is not only a splendid mode of cheap transportation, but it also offers travelers a unique chance to meet all sorts of folks and hear their stories. For my first hitchhiking adventure I’d be attempting to make it from Dunedin to Bluff (302 kilometers) in a day. The plan was to hitchhike to Bluff, then take the ferry to Stewart Island, where I’d hike solo for four days, then take the ferry back to the South Island and hitch back to Dunedin. I knew I was bound to meet lots of people and have a memorable adventure. http://ethosmagonline.com/archives/8585#sthash.WH2oP6H4.dpuf
A few days ago, I was on my way to work and saw a young man hitchhiking on the side of the road. I was very tempted to pick him up.. it was right before Christmas, and it was pretty cold outside. But then I realized, I’m a pretty weak, young girl.. who is driving to work alone.. so I didn’t stop. You never know what could happen.. but most hitchhikers are just down on their luck, and need to get somewhere, like we all do. I remember when I was pretty young, my Dad picked up a guy up north near our cottage, and he was quiet, and nice. .we gave him some snacks and a ride and he was very thankful.
Should women ever stop to pick up a hitchhiker when they’re alone? I can’t help but think of that Creepshow movie with the scary guy in the raincoat saying “Thanks for the ride, lady!”
I want to hear your hitchhiking stories.. have you ever done it or gave someone a ride?