Talk:Tips for hitchhiking
Don't know whether to add these to the article or to create a new article... For now I'll just add them here. Guaka 13:03, 6 May 2004 (EDT)
Allostop is in French only and asks a little fee for every successfull ride.
compartir.org is a bit dated, but still contains some offers for a ride.
http://mitfahrgelegenheit.de is free and works quite well. You have to pay for getting rides with mitfahrzentrale.de and it is a bit more complicated.
Getting too specific?
I was going to comment that the latest addition, a mention of where it's good to get a ride in Berlin, is the first step to this article becoming a huge list of hitching places, rather than general advice. Which made me think that even the countries are too specific. Shouldn't advice (on anything) that applies to a specific region should go in that region's article? In this case, tips on hitching in Italy should go in Italy's Get around/By car (thumb) section. All the more since this article is an orphan. -- Paul Richter 19:27, 12 Jun 2004 (EDT)
I'm going to replace the country-specific info with one (1) single Europe-style table with a very very short summary for each and linking to hitching sections in the countries in question. Speak now or forever hold your peace. Jpatokal 02:30, 6 Oct 2005 (EDT)
Single Occupant vs Groups.
I reverted the removal of :
by Sherurcij. Who comments was removing "travel in a car with a single driver, not a group", I think most hitchhikers would agree that is *less* safe
Here is my logic. A group of people in a car are likely to all know each other. They are more likely to gang up on you and 1 against 3 or 4 are poor odds. A single person is going to be driving, so will be occupied by driving; while a couple (as in male/female) are likely to be in a relationship and also sit in the front while you are in the back. In both cases if you are attacked you stand a better chance of fighting the attack off. Of course the single female being picked up by a sole occupant male driver is probably still a risky thing to do because the consequences can be fatal. But I think the risks go up when there are more people in the car. In the end, hitchiking is still risky - minimizing the risk is all that you can do. -- Huttite 04:26, 17 Nov 2005 (EST)
Okay, I think it's totally redundant. I usually get a towel from my hospitality host, though I have a very small special towel thing. I never used it as a blanket, pillow or clothing. Nor used it for signalling a driver. I hitchhiked a lot and I think it's bullshit to carry a large bright towel around. Can I remove it? Guaka 20:09, 27 Dec 2005 (EST)
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with." (This is why you should always have your towel) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk • contribs)
Sounds to me like the towel business was inspired by the book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and may not be totally serious. Might as well delete it if it isn't really significant advice for hitchhiking. 18.104.22.168 04:09, 30 Jan 2006 (EST)
Yes, this is inspired by the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". It is a very famous, popular and funny book with some useful tips for hitchhikers. The towel is mentioned here in connection to a cite to this book, just for completeness. Please do not remove it, most hitchhikers know this book and will smile about this passage.
Adding my comments - safety and getting a ride
I read the tip that you should always keep your backpack with you. I agree, if the backpack is small. I myself carry one large and a small backpack... and often the large one should go on the backseat or in the trunk. Refusing to put the backpack in the trunk is a signal to the driver that you don't trust him/her. Keeping a small backpack with you (containing a bottle of water and your road map) has never been a problem for me (in 6 years and about 15000 km of hitchhiking).
What I do if you I am asked to put my big backpack in the trunk: I cannot open the trunk. I just honestly cannot figure out how the damned thing opens. Driver gets out of the car, and we get back in at the same time. I prefer to leave one or two passenger doors open as well. These simple and innocent tricks make sure that the driver cannot take off with my backpack in the trunk and me still at the side of the road. And if you do it well (and I do) the driver never even notices that I do it to protect my backpack.
-Some trunks are really too obvious to open. These are generally older cars, mostly found in Eastern Europe. With older cars, make sure one or two doors are open, since it's the only trick you can use without looking like an idiot.
-Don't keep doors open when it's raining. Then again, my advice is: don't hitchhike when it's raining (grumpy drivers, and you'll look like shit after standing in the rain for more than an hour).
In case you don't exactly trust someone, it won't hurt mentioning (casually!) the dirty laundry that you have packed into 3 layers of plastic to protect you against the terrible smell, and that you hitchhike because of lack of money, and that you carry only cheap stuff.
Finally, if you don't trust someone, I think you should NOT show it. You may be wrong, and this may very much irritate the driver when (s)he simply wants to bring you to your destination.
I carry A4 papers (not cardboard) and a big marker... This enables me to change my sign if necessary. Since I carry these papers in a transparent envelope (plastic) I can have two signs (one at both sides), and all I need to do is to turn my sign around. Very useful if you're standing a long way away from one destination, but you can recognise (by licenceplates on cars) cars that go all the way to your destination. Flip the sign you're carrying, and bounce up and down :)
Jumping and dancing has never really hurt me... Doing something silly brings a smile on the face of the drivers, and that's often all you need.
Wet signs are not easy to read. Plastic can protect your sign.
Cheers for the website, I hope I post this stuff in the right place... Remove it if it's not placed correctly (I can only edit again in a couple of days, as I'm travelling now). :)
I can't find anything that says hitchhiking per se is illegal in Italy. It's illegal on expressways, but that's true pretty much everywhere. Jpatokal 09:12, 9 June 2007 (EDT)
Hitchhiking in Turkey is rare?
I've been living in Turkey for 24 years and covered many miles by hitchhiking up to the date and I've never thought hitchhiking is rare in Turkey. I have many friends doing or did that at some part of their lives. I've also never found it hard, the longest time I've waited beside the road was no more than 30 minutes...Turkey can better be listed as "easy-to-medium" in the list. Also I don't know any parts of Turkey in which it is illegal to hitchhike (except motorways for obvious reasons).
Hitchhiking in Ireland
Hitchhiking in Ireland isn't common anymore. Sad but true... any comments.. update that table?
Payment expectations in Russia and Ukraine
A bit strange was to see values for payment expectations in Russia (often) and Ukraine (sometimes). To my experience of hitchhiking in both countries, it's about the opposite in both cases. 22.214.171.124 04:21, 11 May 2011 (EDT)
Hitchhiking in the United Kingdom
Is not common! It's completely unknown. I have lived in the UK for all my life, all over the country and I have never even seen a hitchhiker, nevermind heard of anyone doing it. Nobody would stop for you. Except the police, most likely. I'll change it to 'rare' 126.96.36.199 19:33, 4 September 2011 (EDT)