7 Reasons Why You Should Hitchhike On Your Next Trip

I’ve saved a lot of money and had tons of fun hitchhiking.

I’m really glad and gave it a try which is why I wrote this post, to motivate you to try it out for yourself.


1. Save Money $$$

Transportation can be really expensive in developed countries. Luckily, these are the easiest to hitchhike, in my opinion. 

Stick your thumb out and start saving money. There are also many other ways to save on transportation besides hitchhiking. For my practical guide on how to travel the world with (almost) no money, click here.


2. Avoid Boring Public Transportation

I have a lots of good memories from hitching rides, but not as many from taking the bus. Hitchhiking is fun, exciting and adventurous. It’s not the greatest thing in the world and it’s no for everyone.

Sometimes it can be boring and not being able to take a nap or listen to an audio-book while traveling can be an inconvenience of hitchhiking.


3. Get To Know The Locals

What better way to immerse yourself in a new culture than to share a ride with a local who is willing to help you? I’ve learned about the refugees in Germany, the Italian Mafia and a lot about the hobbies/religion/politics of people from all countries I have visited, thanks to hitchhiking.

Not to mention the times I have been invited for dinner/lunch or even to stay the night for free at their place. 


4. Practice A New Language

We all want to visit another country, come back home and impress our friends and family with some of the new language skills we have picked up along the way.

More important than showing off is actually using the language on a daily basis and being able to communicate with non English speakers. You don’t have to be fluent, but 1-2 useful sentences a day can make a difference.


5. Learn About Your Destination

The drivers you meet along the way will be more than happy to give you information about their country, after all, they want to welcome and make sure you make the most out of your trip.

The best part is that, very often, the locals are willing to share precious tips like where to find the best food, views or even secret places no other tourists know about.


6. Restore Faith In Humanity

This can seem a bit over the top, but I talk for myself: Experiencing generosity and kindness from a stranger is something I don’t take for granted. It’s a very rewarding feeling and a great reminder that there are so many people out there with great intentions, way more than you can imagine.


7. Give Back

I try to turn my hitchhiking experiences into win-win situations. I get to where I need to go but in the meantime I try to entertain the driver with a good conversation. I’m sure they will be happy to break the routine and hear about your best adventures or even learn more about your culture and the places you have visited.


Thank you for reading guys and I really hoped this post motivated you to try or continue hitchhiking. What are your thoughts about hitchhiking? Have you ever done it? Would you like to try? What’s keeping you from doing it? Lets discuss these questions on the comments below, let me know what you think!

If you would like to check my hitchhiking guide, click here.


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