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Hitchhike to America. (London to San Francisco!)

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1. Posted by Coraeten (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
I'm currently a student in the UK, somewhere near London, and, this year, for charity, me and my friend want to try and hitchhike somewhere cool. Now, my problem is that everywhere close, and relatively easy (eg. Morroco, Dublin, Amsterdam) have all been done by RAG (the university charity organisation.). Thus, we have decided that, to try and raise as much as possible, we are going to hitch somewhere completely out of the ordinary, and very difficult, spending as little money as possible on the way (the way we usually do this is match every £ we spend with one donated).

The crux of this is that this year, we have decided to hitchhike to the US of A. For the more geographically attuned of you, you may notice the very slight problem of a marginally damp barrier to our quest. The Atlantic Ocean. Being British, and not letting a small bit of water stop us, we are determined to get over this problem. I put it to you: does anyone have a way, any information, or is able to help us cross the Atlantic ocean for free?

I have been thinking along the lines of phoning airlines, and seeing what they say, turning up at an airport, or a major shipping port, although these aren't the most time efficient methods. Does anyone know any easier methods of free long distance travel?

Any help at all will be appreciated. I will post back with details of the plans, and the charity, and then, maybe even a diary of our time on the road.

Thanks so much.

Jon Roberts (London).

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Some airlines will give you a ticket if there's something in it for them, ie if it's for charity and the airline's name will get some advertising.

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4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

think up some internet idea. you know trade up until you get a ticket...but that's not exactly hitching.

you could be a stowaway on a ship. but you'd be arrested once you got here...if you don't die on the way over.

maybe get an airline name tattooed on your face...but that cost money too.

Get a job working on a plane and then quit after the flight here. that might be your best idea and the closest thing to hitching.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Dig through the threads in the General Talk forum, there was a thread a few months ago on crossing the Atlantic by ship. Hitching a ride from the UK to the US on a freighter came up and a poster offered tips to anybody wanting to do that.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 11, 2008, at 5:30 PM by t_maia ]