A means of transportation gained by asking people, usually strangers, for a ride in their automobile or other road vehicle to travel a short or long distance.

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Travelling around Iceland in mid November

I am a great chess fan and this November the European Team Championship is taking place in Reykjavik. I've been wanting to visit Iceland for a while and this seems like quite a good oportunity to me. ...
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What practices can help me hitchhike safely? [on hold]

I would like to travel across Europe hitchhiking (me and my girlfriend). What should we do to make sure that we both lower chances of unpleasant meetings, and higher chances of succeeding?
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Is it possible to do backpacking through Europe for 15 days with 1000USD? [closed]

This is the situation, I hope you can give me a hand: On October 10th of this year I have an academic trip to Paris, it will take place from that date until October 22th. The trip is completely ...
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How much time should I allow if hitchhiking from Southeast Michigan to Boston, MA?

According to Google, driving would take about 12 hours. So if I bust my ass trying to hitch-hike non-stop and as hard as I can (but without having to pay any money or fork out any sort of special ...
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How to reach the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with maximum hitchhiking and minimum expenditure from Guangzhou?

Soon I need to get from Guangzhou to Hong Kong as this entry of my China visa will expire. I'm totally ignorant of Hong Kong. Is there only an island or is part of it also on the mainland you never ...
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Is it safer to travel with another person when hitchhiking in western Europe?

I hear some crazy stories where young hitchhikers get abducted and even murdered by killers who prey on young hitchhikers. Are the odds of such bad incidents high? Is hitchhiking in western Europe ...
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Hitchhike from Montreal to San Francisco

I'm planning on hitchhiking from Montreal to San Francisco in a week or so. I want to get to SF as fast as possible. Do you think it's feasible in +/- 10 days, maximum two weeks? Does anyone have ...
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What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?

According to Wikitravel, the thumbs up gesture is extremely offensive in Iran. However, it's generally what you use when indicating you wish to hitch a ride in many other countries. The thumbs up ...
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How to reach Goa from Delhi without any money

I am planning to go to Goa. The only catch is I have no money. How can I manage to do this? Taking lifts from trucks comes to mind but I have no idea how to go about it?
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Walk from San Sebastian to Picos de Europa in 3 days with some hitch-hiking?

I would like to walk a part of the Camino del Norte, starting in San Sebastian and turning away from the path around Unquera to head towards Picos de Europa. I've heard that there are quite a few ...
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Hitchhiking through Germany

I am going to hitchhike through Germany in the near future and I have never done it before. I am trying to go from one city to the next one, a few hundred kilometers. Am I going to be more successful ...
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Legality of hitchhiking at SAs/PAs in Hokkaido compared to the rest of Japan

I first took up hitchhiking as a primary form of long distance transport back in 2010 in Japan. Since then I have been hitchhiking in Japan on several trips over the years. For long distances the ...
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Is there one or more marinas in Okinawa used by private yacht owners that allows non-yachties to visit?

I've been in Naha, Okinawa for about a month, and I'm feeling it's time to move to the big islands. But since I've hitchhiked my whole trip (except the flight from Taiwan to Okinawa), and since I've ...
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Can I hitchhike on a yacht to cross the Mediterranean from Spain to Turkey?

I've heard occasionally of people managing to get passage on yachts and other boats and I would like to try this. How can I find a boat to ride on and what would be the likely conditions of carriage?
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Is hitchhiking permitted in the Faroe Islands?

I'm planning to go to the Faroe Islands next August after visiting Iceland. I was wondering if hitchhiking is permitted anywhere in the Faroe Islands. I've checked the hitchwiki website, but it ...
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Is there a resource with tips to hitchhike?

I hitchhiked a few times and discovered half a dozen techniques to increase the probability of getting a ride in less time (though time is relative when hitchhiking). I was wondering if there is a ...
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How to ask drivers not to take me to the bus station when hitchhiking in Thailand?

I'm hitchhiking around the world again and have hit a snag in Thailand. In Malaysia people generally understand a bit of English and generally "get" the idea of hitchhiking. A bit further north over ...
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Are there rest areas along Thai motorways?

I'm hitchhiked from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur a few days ago. I came along a major expressway where I found it very easy to get rides at the rest areas. Rest areas are places along major ...
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How to deal with blisters / chafing on walking-intensive trips?

Some kinds of trips involve lots of walking: trekking and hitchhiking come to mind and I personally fall into the latter category. If you're walking in hot humid conditions or are still breaking in ...
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Is it feasible to hitch-hike from Slahpa/Sørfjord to Gåsluokta/Kjøpsvik?

The trail Gränsleden/Rádjebalges connects Ritsem (Sweden) to Slahpa/Sørfjord in Tysfjord (Tysfjord kommune page about the trail). Unfortunately, there is no public transportation (and no road) from ...
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Is it possible to hitchhike to Galapagos?

I'm in Ecuador and I want to go to Galapagos. As you know, it's expensive to go there (no matter by boat or by plane). I wonder if there is no possibility to hitchhike a boat (marine, cargo) from the ...
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Europe on tight Budget - shoe string [closed]

I am planning to go for a tour around Europe for one month. I read a lot about feed that encourage people to go for Eurail or any Global passes train. Is there any other option for a tight budget ...
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Is it allowed to carry “a knife” or “a pepper spray” while traveling by road in the Schengen area as a woman?

Can a solo female traveler carry a knife or pepper spray to be able defend of herself when she is on the road or when hitchhiking, or it is illegal?
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List of carpooling services outside Europe and the US?

Europe has a fair share of ad-hoc carpool services like hitchikers.org. So does the US. But what about the rest of the world? Are there relevant ad-hoc online carpool services out there? So, what ...
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What (semi-)official hitchhiking spots exist in The Netherlands?

In relation to this question, what official hitchhiking spots exist in The Netherlands? Is there more than one such sign in The Netherlands, besides the one pictured at Gooiseweg (Amsterdam) in the ...
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Mitfahrzentrale-style website for Norway?

Does anyone know a Mitfahrzentrale-style website for Norway, for planned hitch-hiking? I need to travel from Kiruna (Sweden) to Tromsø (Norway) on 20 December, and the first train arrives in Narvik ...
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What kind of trousers or shorts are suitable for long-distance summer walking / hitchhiking?

Normally I'm exclusively a jeans/denim man no matter the weather: Comfortable, cheap, reasonably durable, can wear with anything, acceptable in conservative destinations, can get away with periods of ...
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How liable are you for the misconduct of travel companions?

I have been wondering about this for a while. What happens if you are traveling within a group and someone in this group is caught doing something against the law, without you being aware of this. Are ...
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How to make the best use of signs while hitchiking?

It looks to me that the ability of signs to speed you up/slow down while hitchhiking is significant. I think they are useful in places where you want to specify your direction explicitly, like for ...
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Does the country Georgia have a problem with bears, wolves, or dangerous feral dogs?

Are feral dogs or even wolves or bears present in the Georgian countryside these days? I'm about to hitchhike from Tbilsi to Anaklia and sleep in my tent along the way. Should I expect to encounter ...
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Traveling through Sicily on a budget and without a driver's license

I'm going to Sicily next week and want to travel around the island a bit, but I don't own a driver's license, nor have a lot of money to spend on transport. I've thought about hitch-hiking and trains, ...
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Are there countries other than the Netherlands that support hitchhiking?

According to the Internet, the Netherlands support hitchhiking by placing signs (see picture) in spots that are a good location for hitchhikers. Are there any other countries that have such great ...
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Why exactly is it so important not to forget my towel when hitchhiking?

As everybody knows, “A towel ... is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have.” But what about us terrestrial travellers? Personally I recently found these ...
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Weather for hitchhiking and camping in Iran in November or March

It's now early November and I'm in Tbilisi, Georgia. It's getting very cold at night (for me). I have long had a plan to hitchhike from here through Armenia and Iran to Kuwait. But I probably ...
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How can I travel via not-regularly-scheduled aircraft?

What are some ways to find transportation via aircraft other than regularly scheduled common carriers? For example: hiring private pilots (with commercial license) for short hops in general ...
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How can I find Turkish truck stops in Greece?

I'm trying to hitchhike from Thessaloniki, Greece to Turkey. Greece is a very very hard country to hitchhike in, Greek drivers seldom stop, and petrol stations which are useful in many other ...
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Can I cross the Albania/Greece border on foot?

I intend to cross from Albania to Greece at the Konispol/Sagiada border crossing. I will be hitchhiking so I will sometimes be in a car, and sometimes on foot. Now I did walk across the ...
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Are there some bargain accommodations along the land route from the southern tip of Albania to Thessaloniki?

I'm currently in Sarandë, Albania but soon will head for Thessaloniki, Greece by hitchhiking. I've tried the usual suspects like HostelBookers, HostelWorld, TripAdvisor, and WikiTravel, but none of ...
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Georgetown MD to Cape Charles VA without a car

I would like to go from Georgetown, MD (near Galena, not near Washington) to Cape Charles, VA next week, without a car. What's the best way to get there? What are the possibilities?
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Is it currently possible to drive from Durrës to Berat in Albania on the SH 4?

I'm intending to hitchhike from Durrës to Berat on the SH 4, which looks like the obvious route. But when I Google Maps for driving directions between these two cities it tells to drive back up to ...
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Any suggestions to ensure safety while hitchhiking?

A female friend of mine plans to travel trough Europe next month. She wants to hitchhike. Although she has done it several times before, she is looking for some tips to make the tour safer. I could ...
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Is there a feasible way to combine hitchhiking and couch surfing?

On my previous trip I tried hitchhiking for the first time and became addicted so this year I'm spending six to twelve months traveling in East Asia and Eastern Europe. I also tried couch surfing for ...