Hitchhiking is a way to travel. It involves the traveller stretching out his or her thumb to signal vehicles to pick them up. It was popularized between the 1950s and 1970s, but in many regions in the world it has since fallen into legend. However, hitchhiking remains a prime-and free-means of transportation around the globe.
Hitchhiking happens wherever there are cars or other transportation options of any kind. Many people agree that where there is a road, hitchhiking is a realistic possibility. Hitchhiking has always been popular for those looking to save money, whether locals trying to get to a from work to long-term travelers moving over great distances. The image of the hitchhiker depends on where you are. In the United States, for example, hitchhiking is considered quite dangerous, and many drivers will not pick up hitchhikers simply because they fear the idea of a vagabond. In Europe, hitchhiking is returning as a prime way of travel among youthful adventurers. In South America, hitchhiking is common. In Russia as well. Some parts of Asia are known to have foreigners throwing thumb. Australia and New Zealand are also prime hitchhiking coutnries.
The only real difficulty in hitchhiking is patience. Sometimes travellers can wait days in unlucky spots. Another difficulty, if that is how you choose to define it, is walking. Sometimes hitchhikers are made to walk great distances, whether it is to leave a city or find a better spot.
The best hitchhiking spots are in the shade or in shelter from the elements, with food and water source nearby, and with ample room for the largest of vehicles to pull over. Ideally, hitchhikers will find a spot in the road where vehicles must move particularly slowly, so that they have the time to consider the traveller's thumb.
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