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11. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

if you have the money to travell,you can surely afford the Busride....
I agree completly with Tallbird !
Never ever I will understand why sombody takes the risk to be raped,or even worse just to safe a little money.HH has in my opinion NOTHING to do with adventure,for me it is asking for trouble.
Just my 2 cents
Marlis

12. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

I've never posed as much of a safety freak in this forum, but this time I really agree with Marlis and the others. It's the sad, sad truth that hitchhiking, and especially as a woman, and ESPECIALLY alone, is just not a safe thing to do. You surrender yourself completely to the whims of a total stranger. And comforting your own uncertainty of doing so by bringing Mace or similar products only makes matters worse when they get out of hand. Sure, you have a good chance to reach your destination safe and sound, but if the odds are against you, you're in worse trouble than you can imagine.

13. Posted by JRobyn (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hey, fellow hitchiker.
Hitching is dangerous, but can also be an amazing way to travel. I'm also a female traveller, 22 years old, and I've hitched in Canada,USA,Australia,Thailand,Malaysia,India and a bit in Mexico. It's not my only form of getting around, but sometimes I like to give my thumbs some fresh air!
I'll be in Ecuador in March, and afterwards I'm planning to bus it all the way to the US, with many stops in between. I've got some friends to visit in El Salvador and Nicaragua as well as Mexico. We should exchange E-mails and maybe we'll do some hitching together.
I'll recomend a book to you also.....Even cowgirls get the blues by tom robbins.....all about the art of hitching

14. Posted by JRobyn (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

One warning I do have though, is to NOT hitch by yourself. Do it with fellow travellers and ask to see the drivers licence before you get in the car. This will make any wacko really nervous, and then you can deny the ride. Also, faking an azthma attack is a good way to get out of a bad situation. Or start hyperventalating and say you just shat yourself.

15. Posted by pikkles (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi JRobyn,

Finally, someone that can see the brighter side to HH!

I know that it is dangerous, I am aware of the risks. I know that it isn't safe to HH 'solo' but it did make for a catchy title so that ppl would read this and reply. Although it is risky, sometimes it can be worth the risk for the experience and the ppl that you get to meet along the way and if anyone is up for it, i would still like to try HH short distances like from town to town.

Unfortunately I won't be able to reach Ecuador in time to meet up with you =( but hopefully our paths will cross soon!

I'll be happy to trade emails and keep track of where you are, because who knows, we might strike some luck and happen to be at teh same place at the same time. who knows... anything could happen.

16. Posted by stiltskin (Full Member 45 posts) 10y

Hi guys,
I'd also just like to say that I've had some amazing experiences hitch-hiking in Spain, the UK, the Czech Republic, Laos and Cambodia. Once I even got picked up by my old Geography teacher and driven the 12 hours home straight to my door. I've also made some good friends, and spent a couple of days staying with a Laoatian (?) couple I met while hitch-hiking.

I also know that it's dangerous, and I have never hitch-hiked alone. But I also feel that the experiences I have had while hitching are worthwhile, and I wouldn't swap them for the world - kinda renews your trust in human kind when you get a good hitch. One thing though - it often really helps to be able to speak the language of the country you're hitching in - makes it a lot easier to suss things out.

Not that I'd ever encourage anybody to take unnecessary risks. Hitch-hiking is rarely necessary, always dangerous but often a fantastic experience. So there you go.

17. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 10y

Hi there
Just one last warning, to keep my conscience in peace. I don't like to repeat myself nor give advice when I'm not asked.
I am from Argentina, it's extremely dangerous to HH there. I know that there are countries where HH is possible and a good experience, but believe me, South America is not a place to do it. I'm living in Brazil now, to give you an idea, many cars are armored because highways are very insecure.
Safety is a hard and sad issue for us Latin Americans, it's one of the reasons why young people emigrate to Europe.
Travel safe

18. Posted by wyre83 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Hi there,

I travelled in s.america for 3 months earlier this year. i took a taxi alone one morning in Argentina and the driver drove me 40min out of the city, once i realised something was up i demanded he let me out, he wouldnt and lets just say he tried some very inappopriate things. After screaming and hitting him repeatedly he unlocked the door and I got away. Spending half a day in the police station there is also not the greatest experience.
I also met a guy in a hostel who was held hostage for two days in Bolivia. he was travelling in a mini-bus he had booked at a local bus station. They released him after emptying his bank account and stealing everything he had.

I realise these are a bit different than your query about hitch hiking but wanted to point out that some forms of travel in S.America that seem safe are not and in which case would definately not consider hitch hiking!!!

I dont want to put you off travelling as apart from that incident (and the few other times I was pickpocketed) I had the most incredible time and wouldnt change it for anything. Its a great place to travel but you do need to be very careful travelling on your own.

19. Posted by jhonny (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

really I agree with the people in this forum,
I'm from Bolivia, now living in Canada, but I spent 10 years like a tour leader, and is really stupid to travel like that, is dangerous and unsafe, many poor people can kill you for your boots or for fan, in countries like Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Brasil, Bolivia and Argentina, but I hope you enjoy your trip.
The people from countries around the world cominng to South America to enjoy and learn diferent cultures and PAY for that, I thing many people in South America is waiting for this too, and if they know you are saving money for your selft is gonne be worst...
good luck
If you want, I can help you in planing your trip, but please .. take care, if something happend is bad for you and some good people in south america too.. bye

20. Posted by 1love (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Dear Pikkles, Slacker and JRobyn,

SOME things are worth the risk. When you're travelling you meet so many interesting people and see fantastic places. Travelling is worth the risks of travelling. Getting in a stranger's car just because the possiblility of meeting someone cool is way out of whack. The danger to you far, far out weighs the possible coolness. Come on girls, learn from the rest of us. Do you really need to experience the uglyness of what is possible just for a cheap ride and a nice chat? Take a bus and find coolness in safer venues.

P