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11. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

when we lived in the country my brothers used to hitch everywhere (to town/to the beach) because they couldn't drive and they were only 15.
It was fine.
The only problem was that occassionally it took them a bit to actually get a lift.
People are often more scared of hitchhikers than hitchhikers would be of them.

12. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

Quoting ella13

when we lived in the country my brothers used to hitch everywhere (to town/to the beach) because they couldn't drive and they were only 15.
It was fine.
The only problem was that occassionally it took them a bit to actually get a lift.
People are often more scared of hitchhikers than hitchhikers would be of them.

I think that's more of problem for guys. Not many drivers are afraid of a single girl. For some reason...

//Susanna

13. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 11y

As an aussie who has hitchhicked up from Melbourne to Brisbane (and driven and picked up hitch hickers), my experience is that yes you get some weirdos both as hitchhickers and as lift offerers, but it is safer than hitching in many other countries of the world.

My expereicnces (as a single female or part of a 2 female group) is that Australia is safer than many other countries to hitchhike. I have encountered all sorts of people, some great, some wierd and some even wierder, but most are just genuinely trying to get from A to B with the least of expense and meet people as they go.

Maybe I have just been lucky, but I would certainly reccommend that if you are going to hitch anywhere in the world then the Australian east coast is one of the safer options.

Cristy.

14. Posted by danhosk (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

just make sure you look like a traveller, you actually have a chance to get picked up. its not the most common thing, cos people dont see it heaps, its makes it harder as a hitch hiker. do it, but dont rely on it is what i would say. and i live in what is apparently the murder capital of australia (adelaide) and i havent heard of a hitchhiker being killed. youll be right!

15. Posted by canuck10 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

It's really good to see i can come on this forum and still find other views poppin up on this topic. to tell ya the truth. the more dangerous but do-able it sounds, the more i find myself wanting to do it. Thats gotta be the thrill seaker in me coming out, but thats definatly part of the reason for travelling. I'm sure I could get some quite reasonably priced transportation to wherever i'm planning on going, but hitchhikin is an experience on the way to an experience. keep postin cause the different views are pretty funny to read. happy hitchin'

16. Posted by danhosk (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

i like your thought process!

17. Posted by PinkCherry (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

hey!
me and my girlfriend hitched pretty much the whole east coast on trucks and were fine. sometimes it was a bit sketchy but we ended up getting a network of truck drivers numbers and when we had no money we could call and pretty much get a lift anywhere. it was a brilliant insight into the trucker lifa, they all take speed to stay awake, miss there breaks and drive like nutters! it was a good laugh but when ever we had money i definatly prefered the comfort of greyhound, although not quite as comfy asd the plush truchs with beds and you can smoke in them but at least you can relax and not be on full alert all the time!
i wouldnt change where we went and how but i think now ive pushed my luck far enough and wont be doing it again in a hurry, you do hear stories especially dangerous as it was 2 women.
i think in general it is much safer to hitch in oz than any where else, most people are friendly and nice but the same goes for anywhere you always get the odd one and its up to you weather you think its worth the risk for a free ride?
getting lifts with trucks is never straight forward either! it once took us 12 hours to get 200k's with all there messing around with there load etc!!
good luck and be safe!!
cherry xxx

18. Posted by OzRocco (Budding Member 45 posts) 10y

You got 2 options in life - you can wrap yourself up in cotton wool or you can have a dig. I can understand a bit of the hysteria surrounding hitch hiking after the Ivan Milat case - but I reckon you're more likely to get killed in a road accident than get picked up by a freak. If you are genuine - people will help you out. The down side is the time it can take to get anywhere - but the upside is the cross section of people you will meet - the real Australia. I pick up hitch hikers regularly and I reckon it cuts both ways - a lot of people won't pick you up because they think you are a freak. I reckons signs help - you know - a fairly big bit of cardboard with your destination easily readable. And if you do get suss, don't get in. Go with the gut feeling.

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