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1. Posted by shahoney (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

I'm planning to hit these places in order (I'm from Los Angeles) through plane, hitch hiking, bus, metro...

LA - Seattle - Vancouver - Ontario - Halifax - Toronto - New York- Orlando

Any tips? I've only saved this much and I'm starting the trip soon. I don't know how long I will be staying in each place, but I start the trip 2-3 weeks from now.

I figured I should fly from LA to Seattle (it's $50-150), take a bus to Vancouver.... etc. Maybe earn some travel money busking on the streets, I don't know.

2. Posted by Rhombus (Travel Guru 64 posts) 3y

how long are you travelling for? If you are good at doing things on the cheap, this might be ok, but to me your bankroll looks a little thin for what you have planned... Check out couchsurfing.org for inexpensive accomodations, but be research who you pick to stay with.

eat cheap. i don't see many restaurants in your future if you want to make this last.

Getting from one point to the other is going to be cold up in canada and the east coast. it's winter now, and hitchhiking in winter is probably going to suck. Dress warm, in layers that you can take on and off, if you find yourself out in the cold.

But hey, it's an adventure, and I admire your pluck, if you pull this off!

cheers.

3. Posted by mianha (Budding Member 24 posts) 3y

Stay at motels, eat at joints. Do not go for public transport.

4. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 190 posts) 3y

Serious question: does anybody hitchhike anymore? Does anyone pick up hitchhikers anymore? The fact that I have to ask these questions is sad.

5. Posted by Laylisho13 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

I'm currently based in Toronto and I gotta say it's fairly pricey here day-to-day. I can't tell you about hitch hiking but a few people I know use Craigslist rideshare to find lifts between cities. It can be hit or miss if you get let down at the last minute but can be an interesting and slightly less daunting prospect than hitching.

If you're going to NYC from Toronto check out megabus or greyhound - you can get really cheap overnight buses if you book in advance.

6. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member 860 posts) 3y

Quoting DaveinMD

Serious question: does anybody hitchhike anymore? Does anyone pick up hitchhikers anymore? The fact that I have to ask these questions is sad.

Theres a thread here somewhere that I started on that very subject. It got a pretty mixed response, either people that have never done it and want to tell everyone how dangerous it is, or people that have done it and think its an awesome way to travel.

Ive just left Australia where its still quite the norm to hitch hike. In Byron Bay you's see more people on the side of the road with their thumbs out than pedestrians! And here in New Zealand its not unusual for people to get around the country by thumb. I hope America soon wakes up from its Fox News paranoia and realizes that hitch hiking is not only safe and fun, but environmentally ethical.

7. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 190 posts) 3y

Quoting Dodger

Quoting DaveinMD

Serious question: does anybody hitchhike anymore? Does anyone pick up hitchhikers anymore? The fact that I have to ask these questions is sad.

Theres a thread here somewhere that I started on that very subject. It got a pretty mixed response, either people that have never done it and want to tell everyone how dangerous it is, or people that have done it and think its an awesome way to travel.

Ive just left Australia where its still quite the norm to hitch hike. In Byron Bay you's see more people on the side of the road with their thumbs out than pedestrians! And here in New Zealand its not unusual for people to get around the country by thumb. I hope America soon wakes up from its Fox News paranoia and realizes that hitch hiking is not only safe and fun, but environmentally ethical.

I think it's safe to say that hitchhiking in the States is probably dead forever. I come from an era when it was very common, particularly around colleges or on the interstates. I used to pick them up all the time. But sadly now I must admit that when I see the rare hitchhiker (and I do mean RARE) I always pass them up because, frankly, pretty much the only people who hitchhike now are people you don't want in your car.

8. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 113 posts) 3y

Quoting DaveinMD

I think it's safe to say that hitchhiking in the States is probably dead forever. I come from an era when it was very common, particularly around colleges or on the interstates. I used to pick them up all the time. But sadly now I must admit that when I see the rare hitchhiker (and I do mean RARE) I always pass them up because, frankly, pretty much the only people who hitchhike now are people you don't want in your car.

I'd say the same thing for Canada. While I have caught a ride/picked up the odd hitch-hiker it was always people that I knew (small town). Most people in/around any cities do NOT hitchhike and come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen anyone doing this in an urban centre. So, unless you're traveling in rural Canada, I don't think hitchhiking is a good bet. IF you do decide to try your luck, I may recommend trying truck stops: they travel further! But be careful!

For the most part, if you book your bus tickets 14-21 days in advance you can get great deals with greyhound. Otherwise, you can try last-minute fares with ViaRail. I'd suggest supermarkets for food, and if you like breakfast foods, check out some all-day breakfast restaurants. I've seen the standard morning foods for around $6 CDN (the lowest ever was 3.50 at White Horse Restaurant in Ottawa!) which is the same, if not less, than you'd pay at a fast food place.

Good luck,
Tiff

9. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member 860 posts) 3y

Quoting DaveinMD

I think it's safe to say that hitchhiking in the States is probably dead forever. I come from an era when it was very common, particularly around colleges or on the interstates. I used to pick them up all the time. But sadly now I must admit that when I see the rare hitchhiker (and I do mean RARE) I always pass them up because, frankly, pretty much the only people who hitchhike now are people you don't want in your car.

Its certainly dead with that attitude. Its sad that its people like you that have killed it. You in particular who have experienced hitch hiking and yet now you've been brain washed into thinking everyone is out to kill you. Do you really think there are more killers out there than there were when you use to pick people up? Whats changed, them or you? Those people you saw on the side of the road. You judged them in an instant and were biased with your fear. How many recent reports have you read about people that picked someone up and were killed? And don't include the last movie you saw were it happened, movie's aren't real.

Its ironic that here we are on a travel forum, and at the heart of experiences you have traveling are the people you meet. Its the people that you would have never thought of, or had the opportunity to meet that are usually the ones you learn the most from and that open your mind to all sorts of new ways to look at things.

10. Posted by mianha (Budding Member 24 posts) 3y

hitchhike I am looking forward to have some explanation.