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11. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

but if i'm with someone else i always reason ahhh they'll attack them first

Note to self. Don't even go hitching with Nikki....

Never had any bad experiences picking up hitchikers or hitching (lots of great ones) although a few times i've felt uncomfortable etc. MI've come to realise that as a (very general) rule, providing you don't let on/show that your starting to get nervous/scared/worried etc, it's rarely a problem to arrange to get dropped off earlier than originally planned.

I always try and give the impression very early on that i don't have huge plans and love just randomly seeing something and deciding to stop there and then (which is true anyway) similar, so that if you then suddenly really want to get out/away, it won't come as a total shock to the driver or appear that you are freaked (which makes things worse). Also, if something does really suddenly scare you/whatever, if possible, leave it 10mins or so before getting dropped off, so it's not as obvious why...

Obviously i can't comment from a single female point of view, although we've picked a couple up in the past

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Hey gelli

just wondering - do you have a fear of flying or do you just prefer travelling by land/water?

13. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 12y

Quoting Gelli

[Note to self. Don't even go hitching with Nikki....

ahhh i'm not that bad ! i'd get help for them

14. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

just wondering - do you have a fear of flying or do you just prefer travelling by land/water?

Hey Samsara, Am sure it's come up before, and i'll contradict myself something stupid to every other time i've answered it, but sh1t happens... It's a combination of both i think. I started young, and at the time it was (a) much cheaper and (b) much easier to travel by land, especially as an unacompanied kid. On a train/ferry, you just wander up and down and evrybody assumes your with somebody else, so you can get through, but to get on a plane you have to check in, and cheking in alone will get you strange questions/looks...
Partly i've travelled so much by land/water and enjoyed it so much, i've no need to change. I've seen so much more and met so many people (including most of my best friends, someone i was engaged to, business partners et al.). I've a huge raft of memories of people/things/experiences plus contacts which i've got solely from teh journey portions, and just wouldnt get by flying. Less fun and much less adventure! And my lifestyle/work means its Huuuugely cheaper for me to go by land, as i'm almost always travelling in strange directions at short notice, so can't take any advantage of cheap flights. ALso, i'm a mostly laid back and relaxed person who isn't affected by a the thought of a 24 hour trip which could be done on 2 in a plane, or 6 days for a trip (3 of which may be spent sharing a cabin with a pig) which might be 5 hrs on a plane... I've got about allot more/further than most who fly do anyway, so it hasn't really affected me.
There is part of me which is scared of flying - as opposed to doesn't want to fly - but i've honestly no idea why. Most people scared of flying are scared of the not flying thing (i.e. crash in a ball of flames), but that doesn't especially bother me. The old Hong Kong airport (probably the most dangerous major aiport in the world) i would REALLY have loved to fly into. So it doesn't make any sense.I know that!!

I'm not sure if that actually answers the question or not, as i've forgotten what the question actually was...

Now search this topic on TP, and come back and confront me with the fact i wrote something utterly different and contradictory last time!!

15. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y

oh i am wetting myself today!

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