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Hitchhiking 101: how to travel for next to nothing and make it a safe, legal, exciting experience



  • Diana 5 years ago

    I really like the tip about texting the plate number of a car to a friend before you get in. I also think it's good to regularly check in with your friends on a social media site. Many people still think of Hitchhiking as dangerous and will want to know you are okay. That is more about keeping your loved ones calm than keeping you safe. :)

  • Ron 5 years ago

    This is really good info, thanks. I hitchhiked to Arizona once from Washington, it took about three days. This is all stuff people should know before they get in a strange car.

  • Steve in Green Bay 5 years ago

    I'm officially out of excuses to travel!! Thank you!!

  • Hannah 5 years ago

    I'm pretty paranoid, but you make a good case.

  • Nikki 5 years ago

    As a paranoid female I never ever ever ever! considered hitchhiking as an option for me.. But these are all great tips to keep in mind and I might not be so against it after all! Thanks, B!

  • Dawn 5 years ago

    Good tips Bethany!!

  • Brandon 5 years ago

    This makes me want to read "On The Road" and hit the road. But I have a strange feeling that it may be much easier for female hitchers to find rides than men. Great article though. I'm officially inspired.

  • Mark 5 years ago

    I hitch rides all around the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs Area) in CA on a daily basis. Often I have to be to work (or a spot where my boss can pick me up) at 6:30 AM in the morning. As such, I always have to leave early. Sometimes I get rides right away (5-minutes), other times I have to wait an hour or more. It really depends on the time of day (commuters are more friendly), where I am (at a stop light is usually best) and what type of people live in the given area (rich people aren't as nice).

    There are many exceptions though. I've been picked up by a few old couples (80 years plus), single woman (some very pretty), a pair of Mexican ladies just back from shopping (they barely spoke english), a few gays (some of whom seemed to be checking me out just a bit too much), and even a mom with her two little girls. I never know whom its going to be. Yet its (almost) always cool.

    A few tips: I'm weird looking (Big-Big mustache and skater clothes) and I'm 42. I look everyone in the e

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