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You can say. ผมไม่อยากไปที่ท่ารถ. ผมอยากไป .(fill in your destination). ช่วยพาไปหน่อยได้มั๊ยครับ. ผมเป็นนักเดินทาง. ขอบคุณครับ. It means: I don't want to go to the bus station. I want to go to ..., please can you take me there. I'm a traveller. Thank you. Here's how you'd say it: Pom mai yak pai tee ta rod. Pom yak pai tee .(fill in your ...


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If possible, try to hitchhike with someone else - it's slightly harder as two to get a lift, but much safer. Text someone with your route when you get a lift, as a back-up safety so that someone knows where you are. Include the make and model and license plate of the car. I've heard people suggest carrying a knife, but to me that feels like it might end up ...


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things I do occasionally with my towel while traveling: fold it to a pillow at night, or cover any (stained) pillows i encounter in cheap hostels/motels place wet clothes on one half, then wrap the other half over it and sleep on it, and the clothes should be dry next morning as a beach towel group loose or dirty/wet items together in your backpack fold it ...


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Simple answer: YES. Not necessarily in that there are signs, but certainly there are many hitching-friendly countries. Some people on this site would claim you can hitch in any country. Hitchwiki is a great site for checking out the 'hitchability' of a country. It has a list of all countries and their ratings for your quick reference guide. So for ...


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The short answer is yes. I've hosted probably 20+ people who got to my location via hitchhiking, and most of them had hitchhiked all the way across Europe and couchsurfed most of the way. The only method is messaging people individually, yes, but I don't see why that's a problem. Simply state that you're hitchhiking and will be there on sometime between x ...


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As best as I can google, there are a few options out there. Hitchwiki appears to be the most mentioned. There is also RoadJunky for other resources.


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Your best bet is to sign up to a crew-finding website like findacrew.net. A friend who cycled from London to New Zealand did this for the ocean parts - hung out in port and used the site. What was observed is that there are different levels of opportunities. Some berths require that you have licenses or sailing experience, or a particular skill (eg ...


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There is a similar exchange for hitch-hikers in Norway called haikeren.no. I haven't used it, but I would find it strange if you find any offers for a ride on an odd route like Kiruna-Tromsø on a specific date. You can of course place your own ad to tell that you are looking for a ride, but I don't think the site is well known and much in use. Even if you ...


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Well the obvious answer is to hitch - that'll lower your transport costs massively ;) It all depends on whether you're up to trying that. I don't tend to, personally, but on the occasion I have, it's pretty fun. One thing to note about the public transport on Sicily is that it's nearly a 6 day service - the transport options are massively reduced on ...


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I've been hitchhiking all over the world for the past year and a half, currently in Europe. But we're not supposed to do broad or list questions on Stack Exchange. So rather than list out all kinds of stuff I can think of I can make it one right answer by pointing to what might be considered the current best online resource: The Hitchwiki page on ...


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For private charters, the industry term for what you are describing is "empty leg". A quick internet search will bring up a number of sites that list empty legs. The NY Times had an article about this recently: http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/travel/fly-a-private-jet-at-public-prices.html


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You can't hitchhike to the Galalpagos. If you are trying to do things on the cheap your best bet is to turn up to Guayaquil in Ecuador. From here they have boats cruises that depart on tours around the Galapagos. If you have time on your hands you can hang around and wait for a boat tour where they haven't sold all of the spaces. Depending on demand, you ...


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I once forgot a towel while backpacking. I was on a minimalist trip, so I didn't want to buy one and as I was traveling with only a schoolbag sized pack, I had very limited absorptive items (only 2 shirts, one pair of hiking cargos, one pair of board shorts total). So, every morning, I would shower, then use the shirt I wore the previous day as a towel, then ...


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I've hitchhiked a few quite different parts of the globe (Australia, Caucasus, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Turkey, Western Europe) so I think I've learned some tips and tricks. Many more people will stop if there's at least one female in your group. More people will stop for young people. The smaller your group is the more vehicles have ...


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I used TomTom Route planner to check this out. And it confirms that SH4 is their suggested route, so I'd suspect it's totally fine to travel on.


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Towel? Air dry, if needed. As for sleeping, I always went with the long johns, ski mask, coat and gloves approach. You can shed those items during the day and take up half the space as a bulky, "look at me I'm obviously a vagrant" sleeping bag. But yes @Ginamin, towels make amazing pillows.


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As @Halabi already mentioned, the answer differs from country to country. I was expecting that the answer be that both are not allowed. Apparently even pepper spray is allowed in some EU countries. Personally I would say both are really drastic measures to protect yourself and unnecessary. In general you would not need those to protect yourself. In Europe ...


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One thing to add to Kizzle's answer is that Tourism to the Galapagos is highly regulated. The number of visitors is limited and all tours visiting the area are counted, registered etc, since 98% of the land is national park. You cannot visit those areas by yourself, you need a certified guide. So even if you own a boat, you cannot just travel around and ...


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The answer is both yes and no. Outside Bangkok, Thailand has only two roads that are "real" controlled-access, grade-separated motorways: Route 7 from Bangkok to Pattaya (150km), which has (AFAIK) Thailand's solitary "real" rest area as well, and Route 5, which loops around Bangkok's periphery and which you're unlikely to venture onto. So, no, you're not ...


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I calculated the route of your trip so that we can see trough which regions you will probably travel. The first part of your trip goes trough Armenia and there is already the first problem. Wikipedia says about the climate in Armenia: Winters are quite cold with plenty of snow, with temperatures ranging between -10 and -5 °C (14 and 23 °F). I think ...


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The first thing to mention is that it's common to exchange phone numbers when making or accepting a couch request. I basically require that myself, since if you're going to trust someone with your place of course you should trust them with your phone number! It sounds like the only solution for your dilemma is planning stays further in advance. You are ...


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There isn't much of information available, but I could find one sentence that may help you: Hundreds of trucks go daily from the port town of Igoumenitsa, in the north-west of Greece (coming with ferry from Italy), Istanbul and other Turkish destinations. 99% of these trucks will be driven by Turks and sometimes Iranians too, and the remaining 1% ...


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Well since you've not been too specific aside from 'without a car', I'll take this opportunity to go to town. 1) It's technically possible to walk between the two places. According to Google Maps and Directions, it'll take you approximately 1 day and 15 hours of solid walking, so I'd suggest trying to fit in rest stops, at least in Baltimore. Also be aware ...


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Hitchwiki.org exists. Now when it started, it was more about the 'hitchability' of each country, but it's now evolved to include a forum and groups, so you can try and organise hitching in advance, or meet up with other hitchers. It covers most countries in the world, and is in multiple languages.


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I found this site: carpoolworld.com with Norway listings, but the community here does not seem so big as Mitfahrzentrale or Mitfahrgelegenheit (in other countries also known as Carpooling). So, the answer would be: similar websites are popular in several European countries, but not in Norway in particular.


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So, this is a question which is probably a little subjective - some people will probably tell you to be careful and never camp, others will say they've never heard of problems (much like when you tell someone you want to use Greyhound buses in North America). A bit of research seems to say that: " Amongst the wild animals found in the forests of Georgia ...


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I've hitchhiked plenty during the 1990s, all over continental Europe and never found a sign useful. I would make sure I would travel from gas station to gas station, where I then could talk to drivers in person. You get to know the driver a bit, and the driver gets to know you a bit, while you can figure out whether the driver is going in the right direction ...


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To counter @jpatokal a little - although I get what he's saying, I have hitchhiked with and without a sign. In the UK, I tried to hitch from Guildford (hah) to Southampton. The driver who finally pulled over said that he only slowed to see what my sign said, so in that case, it got his attention. I merely had the road on it (A3 if I recall), as it gives ...


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In Japan, I used a sign that said simply "I SPEAK JAPANESE" (日本語できる), and was repeatedly told that they would not have picked me up without it. Of course, you have to actually know the language to be able to use this! But other than that, I think signs are generally pretty useless. It's better to have more cars stop and have to wave on a few because ...



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