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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

Are you out of your mind?
Or perhaps you born yesterday?
what a stupid question you are asking?

Ooohhh, this is where I get to say - be nice!!!


As Not Lost has mentioned, she's not thinking about hitchhiking but wanted feedback. Then again, I guess that's feedback...

Though I have never been to Europe, I'm sure times have changed enough there too that hitchhiking is not the way to travel. In most countries, hitchhiking will probably prove more successful for women for several reasons, including that of victim - something no one wants to be. I did a lot of hitchhiking when I was younger but I wouldn't consider it anywhere in the world now.

(I spent 5 months hitching around Colorado carrying a western-style saddle. Try getting a ride with something that smells like sweaty horses...)

12. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

Are you out of your mind?
Or perhaps you born yesterday?
what a stupid question you are asking?

There have been so many replies and all of them have no problems with answering her nicely. And looking at what you've replied in the photoguide thread, I assume that you don't to like to read replies, which could contain a continuation to what the poster have said in the first post.

While we don't expect that everyone could help out in the reply, we do expect tact in replies. Just so that you know, you're not obligated to reply to posts.

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

Are you out of your mind?
Or perhaps you born yesterday?
what a stupid question you are asking?

It is not exactly stupid.
I used to hitch hike.
Chances are nothing at all would happen to her, but if something did, it would not have been worth it, just to get someplace for free.
Nothing terrible ever happened to me, but I did meet a few minor wierdos, and that is not so nice either.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 10, 2007, at 12:10 PM by Mel. ]

14. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

Are you out of your mind?
Or perhaps you born yesterday?
what a stupid question you are asking?

Nope, wasn't born yesterday. Out of my mind? Maybe...

Looking at your comprehension of the question that I've posted, it has got nothing to do with my date of birth, sanity or stupidity. It's not your business anyway.


15. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 9y

I hitched in Australia a couple of times but never alone - I was with another girl. I wouldn't do it alone anywhere in the world.

Wonkerer - yes that book is hilarious!

16. Posted by snoezepoes (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

After reading all these comments, I still felt like responding. I think I am to blame why Not Lost posted this question at all. She is not out of her mind, but maybe I am. I have hitchhiked a lot around Europe and last year's trip around Serbia and Montenegro was fantastic. I love this way of travelling and I don't do it anymore to save money. Maybe you in America are scared from childhood about highway maniacs, but a chance to run on a such one is the same as a chance that such one breaks into your house. Yes, there is a risk and I do not imply you must do it. As in the saying - the thing you fear the most is meant to happen to you. So if you are really scared of highway maniacs, avoid hitchhiking.
But I don't think I am done with my part yet. Though, no more Western Europe and I will never hitchhike in the USA. Just because of this widespread opinion - not much fun to listen to morals about how dangerous it is and how crazy I must be all the way. Balkan drivers at least are not brainwashing - they put some nice music, laugh about the fall-out of Yugoslavia and offer you to drive :)
P.S. Riding a bike alone on empty roads is not a miligram safer... by the way ;)

17. Posted by snoezepoes (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Quoting Eleniki

Apart from the obvious risk, what's the point of travelling if you are on the edge of your seat wondering what kind of person has picked you up? Even if you do get to your next destination safely, it would take from the whole enjoyment of seeing new countries. Also, from my experience of the twisting, turning, mountainous roads in the Balkans, car drivers there tend to take risks overtaking and so on. We were picked up at the airport in Montenegro by a driver from the hotel we were staying in, and I thought my last hour had come. There seems to be some macho pressure on male drivers to speed, overtake and generally drive recklessly (we noticed this again and again). Of course this is not just a Balkan thing, but this situation combined with narrow mountain roads is lethal. You'd be far better off, and more comfortable in every way, travelling by coach. There is a well-organised network of coach companies operating between the countries you mention, and they are really not too expensive.

The couches are driven by the same crazy Balkan drivers ;)

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19. Posted by tobytottle (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

I wonder how many people posting here have tried hitching... I know some have but...

A very good friend of mine who I met in person for the first time today in Paris has hitched on her own all over Eastern and Western Europe and is 100% in favour of it! Together we are hitching all over Europe at the moment.

Not Lost, if you would like to talk to her about it, maybe get some advice she says she would be happy to help! I can supply an email address if you like.

I am surprised that a community of travellers would so quickly pounce on hitching as a horrific and life-threatening experience. I think Hollywood has a lot to answer for!

ps. Apologies for typos, only just getting used to French keyboard layout!!

20. Posted by snoezepoes (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Thanks, tobytottle ;) I don't feel alone anymore. I was starting to wonder about the traveller's and adventurer's spirit of this community... Hey, guys if you are so paranoid, maybe stay at home? That's the safest. Travelling is dangerous!