A Dangerous Way of Traveling: Hitch-Hiking

There are a number of methods of going locations, many alternative means of transportation and innumerable journey businesses and organizations that may tailor the right journey for you.

But some individuals are totally different: they don’t wish to respect time-tables; they like to have the prospect to alter their minds in regards to the vacation spot they wish to attain anytime. They don’t fancy sitting in a bus or in a practice like anybody else. “It’s too boring for them.” They wish to be “on the market” and “do one thing”, not simply looking of the window.

They wish to meet the “actual” folks, folks from all walks of life. They don’t wish to stick to different vacationers, they wish to meet the “locals”.

They would somewhat be at liberty and do what they need, or “suppose” that they’re free.

These individuals are hitch-hikers. I’m not in any respect attempting to categorise them since you can’t group them: everyone is totally different, however actually they’ve one thing in frequent. They are attracted by the journey, by the unknown.

I’m not speaking right here about individuals who ask for a experience as a result of they’re broke they usually can’t afford anything.

I’m mentioning the individuals who have cash however determine to do one thing “extra adventurous”.

Hitch-hiking can really be very perilous. This is just not a sermon. This is a reality of life. Most individuals who hitchhike are younger vacationers who’re wandering in some overseas international locations and suppose that everyone is sweet and useful.

I’m sorry, however it’s not at all times like that. It is true, most individuals are good however sadly some others have gotten some severe points.

I personally hitch-hiked on my own in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Norway. Every day was an journey! I by no means knew who I used to be going to satisfy and the place I used to be going to finish up. It was a vacation! I met heaps of differing types of people and I realized lots from them: about their international locations, their cultures and their beliefs.

Certainly it was far more academic than sleeping on a bus or just trying exterior the window… But I used to be very fortunate… That was about 15 years in the past. Things have been totally different I assume.

In some international locations hitchhiking is an enormous no no. In South Africa for instance… some mates informed me that you wouldn’t even dream about it…

I really hitch-hiked within the USA as nicely… only some occasions… The drivers who picked me up tried to discourage me from doing it. Apparently on American roads many individuals who ask for lifts disappear yearly. Not a really intelligent factor to do…

Plus, in some international locations and states hitch-hiking is prohibited.

Some younger hitchhikers are too reliable they usually put themselves in tough conditions. There are some unusual folks on the market. It is just not an excellent concept thumbing in very remoted areas throughout very lengthy journeys. If you scream and shout no one will hear you.

If you understand one thing unusual, when you acknowledge that there’s something not fairly proper with the one who picked you up attempt to make him/her cease with an excuse and get out of the automobile as quick as you may. Do not go away it for too lengthy.

You don’t wish to be impolite with the one who gave you the carry, discover an excuse: you’re hungry, thirsty, you forgot your pockets…

It is your life at stake, this isn’t a joke.

Another massive mistake is hitting after darkish. You may not be capable to see clearly the face of the one who is choosing you up. You can’t sense his/her vibes correctly.

Avoid, when you can, to leap in a automotive with multiple individual in it. For apparent causes. If you actually wish to hitch not less than do it with a pal.

You would possibly suppose that you may decide an individual in a fraction of a second. One look and you already know with whom you’re dealing.

You may very well be proper 99.99% of occasions, what in regards to the 0.01 chance? We are people, we make errors.
Let’s not neglect that some psychos can appear to be “actually high-quality respectable” folks: clear, nicely dressed and with excellent manners.

Do not threat your life. It is the one one you’ve got!

Next episode… Hitch-hiking in New Zealand!

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