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11. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

Interesting overreaction.

This topic comes up from time to time. There is always someone who posts some grisly murder. It's part of the territory.
In some parts of Latin America, the ONLY WAY to get where you are going is hitchhiking. It is a community thing, and I still do it today. I still pick up hitchhikers. I owe Karma some payback, and I am paying off.

Hitchhiking as a lone young pretty girl is fucking dumb. It just is. Yes, sexism, yes this, yes that. You're dumb if you are a young slight hitchhiking woman...You lived this time, doesn't mean you will next time.

Fellow Travellers, I have been around. ALOT! I am no reactionary. I have hitchhiked across Canada. Across the US. Several places in Europe. TONNES(Canadian, donchaknow) of places in Latin America. So, I know what can happen out there.

DO NOT hitchhike alone as a young female. I mean ANYWHERE. The guy who picked you up may have been a regular guy five minutes ago. Now he's got a traveller out on her own and no one knows where she is....Sometimes people are crazy and don't know it...

DO NOT hitchhike alone as a young naive slight male. You have to be able to fight, man.

HAVE A PLAN when you are hitching together. I hitched, as a younger man, with my girlfriend. She would sit behind the driver, and I would sit beside him....If he made a move, that guy was TOAST!

KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU. You will fall asleep. Get a sense of the situation before you do.

IF YOU GET A WEIRD FEELING>>>DON'T GET IN THE FUCKING VEHICLE. Man, this one is broken far too often. You are not causing offense. The guy had to use pressure with his goot for a second. It's not like you stole his silverware. Let him drive on.

Good Luck Out There.

Keep Your Eyes Open

D

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Apr-2010, at 18:20 by Piecar ]

12. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Quoting Piecar

Interesting overreaction.

Hitchhiking as a lone young pretty girl is fucking dumb. It just is. Yes, sexism, yes this, yes that. You're dumb if you are a young slight hitchhiking woman...You lived this time, doesn't mean you will next time.

Ah perhaps you could set up some sort of online rating system, you know girls send in their pics and you can tell them if they are ugly enough to be safe hitchhiking!

Quoting Piecar

DO NOT hitchhike alone as a young female. I mean ANYWHERE. The guy who picked you up may have been a regular guy five minutes ago. Now he's got a traveller out on her own and no one knows where she is....Sometimes people are crazy and don't know it...

Wow, project much? I think I might skip your car whether I was a girl or a guy!

13. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

Damn, you are funny, Dodger. Scoring sarcastic comedy points on a tv show message board is fun. This is traveller advice. This is a very important thing for those kids out there. This is a big big deal. Roll your eyes if you must.....But those peasant skirt,bandana, haversack girls out there on their own right now need to be safe...And they are way more adventurous than the dudes. They need the advice.

Good call on not getting in my car. That is the point, ya chucklehead. You are making a decision based on 20 seconds of Intel. Yes, gang...I am a dangerous loon, prone to weird outbursts.....Judge carefully.

Pretty is subjective...I am giving a blanket statement on all women...All are pretty to someone. Ceptin' for Brigitte Nielsen...She is just scary.

Be safe. Don't make the headlines.

D

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Apr-2010, at 21:17 by Piecar ]

14. Posted by georgie281 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

I live in Australia (S.A.) and there is no way in hell I would hitchhike around Australia. I think one of the things that makes Australia such a dangerous place to hitchhike around is that if you are driving from state to state (E.g. SA to Perth) then you are going to go hours and hours (even a day or two) on long country roads in the middle of the desert where you will likely not pass much - or any - traffic. Honestly, if someone wanted to try something it would be easy as pie.

Plus, hitchhiking any distance or picking up hitchhikers is illegal in South Australia and I assume most other states too. I just don't really think hitchhiking is seen as particularly acceptable here like it might be in other places.

That's just my opinion as a slightly-paranoid eighteen year old girl though...

15. Posted by Rhombus (Travel Guru 64 posts) 6y

When I was in college, a friend of mine and I held a hitch hiking race. We picked a location about 40 miles away, and started on separate roads from separate places. The first person back to their starting place was the winner. We ran this race for 2 years and I really enjoyed it. I got my first ride in a corvette and the dude wanted to show off his ride. I got where I wanted to go really quickly.

It was great fun, I met a lot of people, was ignored by most, and got rides mostly from people who had hitched before. If I was in a pinch, I wouldn't have any qualms about hitching, but I'd have a back up plan ready for a tricky situation.

My experience was fun, but it was pretty low key in comparison to crossing the county.

Be careful, there are a lot of weirdos out there.

16. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Quoting Rhombus

When I was in college, a friend of mine and I held a hitch hiking race. We picked a location about 40 miles away, and started on separate roads from separate places. The first person back to their starting place was the winner. We ran this race for 2 years and I really enjoyed it. I got my first ride in a corvette and the dude wanted to show off his ride. I got where I wanted to go really quickly.

It was great fun, I met a lot of people, was ignored by most, and got rides mostly from people who had hitched before. If I was in a pinch, I wouldn't have any qualms about hitching, but I'd have a back up plan ready for a tricky situation.

My experience was fun, but it was pretty low key in comparison to crossing the county.

Be careful, there are a lot of weirdos out there.

I think I read somewhere that there is a across America hitch hiking race.

17. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Quoting georgie281

I live in Australia (S.A.) and there is no way in hell I would hitchhike around Australia. I think one of the things that makes Australia such a dangerous place to hitchhike around is that if you are driving from state to state (E.g. SA to Perth) then you are going to go hours and hours (even a day or two) on long country roads in the middle of the desert where you will likely not pass much - or any - traffic. Honestly, if someone wanted to try something it would be easy as pie.

Plus, hitchhiking any distance or picking up hitchhikers is illegal in South Australia and I assume most other states too. I just don't really think hitchhiking is seen as particularly acceptable here like it might be in other places.

That's just my opinion as a slightly-paranoid eighteen year old girl though...

Actually this is what I found

" The law basically says that you cannot stand on a roadway (including the shoulder) where you may obstruct traffic. However this interpretation of the law suggests that it is OK to hitch from a footpath or the grassy area beside the road.

Elsewhere in Australia it is illegal to hitchhike on motorways (where pedestrians are prohibited and where cars are not allowed to stop). Find a safe spot before a motorway entrance and hitch from there." from here bugaustralia

and this
"I think the conclusion I have come to, barring more authorative information, is hitchhiking is not actually illegal in Australia but it is a traffic offence to stand on or by the road when you try to get/ask for a ride, unless you are standing on the footpath. If there is no footpath, you cannot ask for a ride from the roadside, though if somebody stopped and offered you a lift from the road that you were walking beside that is probably not illegal for them to do, assuming they could stop legally." from here wikitravel

18. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

heres a nice article written by a woman! shock horror and no murders sorry.

Hitchhiking in Australia

19. Posted by lesleym57 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Reading just quickly through these messages regarding hitch hiking brings back some really good and just 1 or 2 bad memories of hitching in the 70's. I loved it but as a young girl (I was then) it carried a certain amount of risk however the sense of freedom it brought was amazing. I hitched so that I could visit my parents as they lived a couple of hundred miles away and I never had the fare to make the journey, although I think I would have hitched anyway as I said that sense of freedom was quite addictive. It is a great shame that it is not safe to hitch but I did enjoy those days.

20. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 6y

Hey,

I read through the replies on this thread and it brought back memories for me as well- not all good ones. I have hitched in Canada a few times, and I can attest that it is not the wisest thing for a young, cute female to do by herself. I'm a young female, and I hitched at the stupidest time- at night. If you have to do it, at least be smarter than me and hitch during the day, before dusk. I lived to tell the tale, but just barely. There is a Canadian website dedicated to the subject, and it is worth a peruse: www.digihitch.com Happy reading.

Steph