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How I Hitchhiked 4000 KM across Australia

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1. Posted by HJKtravel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

In 10 days I hitchhiked over 4000 Km. Through the outback of Australia. In comparison, this would be the equivalent of driving from Madrid all the way up to Moscow. My trip led me from Darwin, down south to Adelaide and east towards Griffith.

Before I started many people told me it wouldn't be possible and that I would most likely get mugged, abducted, or even killed. People told me of Australian movies where backpackers got killed and they said over 30,000 people go missing in Australia ever year!

All these warning didn't affect me very much. I have learned that many of the opinions on the art of hitchhiking are mostly partial, selective and deformed. Mostly by the media or through discouraging advice from travel agents.

The fact is, hitchhiking is still very much alive and it's a wonderful experience! I really enjoy the random situations that it brings you in. You end up in a car with a total stranger and share stories about your lives. You learn time and again that there is no right and wrong in life, there's only "different".

I met many inspiring people alone the way and drove among others with a detective, a die hard trucker and an Irish guy in search of a better life in Australia.
I got stuck on a gas station for a long time and ended up spending a wonderful evening with a family in Adelaide.

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Hope you all have a great day!

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2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1824 posts) 4y

Danger can be being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I had two good holidays travelling around Mexico (petty theft aside) while others stayed safely on tours or in certain resorts. Near the end of my third trip, I had an old lady try and stab me. I pushed her away, she fell over and I had a mob attack me.

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 4y

"... and they said over 30,000 people go missing in Australia ever year!..."

Hilarious...

Glad you had fun.

Cheers,
Terry