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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Sure there are dangers involved in hitch-hiking, however sometimes it is a necessary way to get around. What experiences have you had ?

2. Posted by LittleHobo (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Hitchiking has not been a frequent occurence in my travels. Usually, because there is an abundance of cheap public transport. But in some areas i've had to do it. Usually involves Jeeps going to remote valleys,or on routes where traffic is very infrequent. One was through valleys in Pakistan that would link through to the Karakorum Highway up to China. Late at night, i hitched on one such lorry going to the next area. The driver was stoned out of his mind, and several times i felt like getting out as he tended to drift far too close to the edges of the abyss into the river below,and then looking at me with that "I'm totally f****d out of my mind" grin that Hashish gives you.

Another time,was hitching from Lhasa back to Nepal. I'd come in on the cheap budget trips with landcruisers. But to get back, tried to do it alone. Foreigners are not 'really' supposed to do that,so i had to keep my head down when we passed checkpoints. It was a case of just waiting for goods trucks that were loading up and leaving town. There was a risk of being stuck in towns for days. But i was very lucky. One idea i had, was to hang around at the eating stops for landcruiser groups coming "back" to Nepal. If they had any space (usually had at least one spare seat),i tried to worm my way in by speaking to the group leader. By this method,i got all the way back to Nepal for about $15 total. Which was quite amazing really. It was all very quick.

Other times, it was as i say just in remote areas where transport was very sparce. One time was in the back of an empty logging truck in the Bolivian Amazon. Just lying in the back on the slow journey that was all night long.Not one ounce of sleep because all the free chains crashed around.

The more i think of it,i've hitched more than i realize. But it was always out of neccesity. In most cases,there is no point in doing it as buses are cheap.

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

don't hitch much myself, last time was trying to get a lift to a bus station but in the end the guy was bored so drobe me from the galway to dublin, he's actually a good mate now and going out with one of my friends....

my boyfriend found out after the event that when he was in Australia the wierd smelly guy who picked him up was a serial killer.....

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

jessssuusss.....

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

its mad isn't it !?! when he told me he was so calm and said that he didn't seem like a bad guy...

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

lucky escape for your brother! has he hitchhiked since?

7. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

boyfriend - yeah he thinks its a great way to get to know people.....

my brother - well he never has, he wouldn't have the patience to stand at the side of a road

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

ha ha - whoops - that's what happens when you're trying to answer a million threads at once.
sorry!

i've always been too much of a chicken to hitch-hike myself....when u hear this kind of stuff it really puts you off!

9. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

yeah i have to say normally i'm a bit chicken about it if i'm on my own but if i'm with someone else i always reason ahhh they'll attack them first, i'll run and get help......

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

god, i need to go and do some work!!