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I never really thought about it. I guess – right, just like that. Though maybe it helped that I got the travel bug from my parents. When I was one they took me on a journey around Poland – by hitchhiking! I had to wait for my own expeditions for a while, but when I started – it was hard to stop. I hitchhiked around entire Europe, often taking part as a volunteer at international workcamps. Having graduated from Foreign Languages Teacher Training College, when I wasn’t limited by short vacation, I set off on a longer adventure – a solo eight month overland journey – through Turkey, Iran, Pakistan to India and Nepal.
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It's possible to '''circumnavigate the globe''' by hitchhiking. This article gives some ideas how.
  
And later… I met Chopin. At that time each of us was dreaming of another great journey. I wanted to circle the Earth in a bicycle Peace Ride. Chopin, having completed his civil service, was thinking of just walking, without any plan, stopping here and there to work for a while, and go on. Destiny, however, had a different plan for us. We were meant to do it together.
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== Set goals ==
One way ticket, two backpacks, a close to six hundred dollars (all our savings), few plans and lots of dreams – that’s what we had when we landed in New York. It was Wednesday, October 7th, 1998. We knew one thing – we wanted to see the world. The whole world!
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How to do it almost with no money? How to do it to best get to know the people and cultures of the countries along our way? Of course – by hitchhiking!
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Different people have different goals for worldwide hitchhiking. Some questions to consider:
  
We didn’t plan the detailed route – we just chose the general direction. We didn’t study guidebooks – people who picked us up, people we met along a mountain path, or a map we accidentally came across – these were our guides. We just let the events happen and the road lead us through new places, countries and adventures. Thumbing a ride with destiny… We didn’t expect it would take us… five years.
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* Are you planning to visit all 6 populated continents? Or just to stay moving in a roughly easterly or westerly direction until you return to where you started?
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* What are your time constraints? Can you take a year, or two, or three, to complete the trip?
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* How far are you willing to go on paid transportation?
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* Do you plan to walk or bike part of the way?
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* Will you pay for food and lodging?
  
During those five years, I was keeping a diary, day by day filling new pages of thick notebooks with tiny handwriting. I scribbled leaning against my backpack waiting for a ride in the middle of a dusty Paraguayan wasteland, I wrote on board the boat sailing the Amazon River; or surrounded by a curious crowd of barefoot children in a Laotian village. Whenever there was a chance, I typed it into a computer, and Chopin archived on our website. Now I have managed to share the most interesting fragments of the diary together with the best of the photographs in one book.
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== Prepare ==
  
You’re invited for a journey – first with us, and then – following your own dreams.
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== Get started ==
  
Kinga Freespirit
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== Choke points ==
  
http://www.ledbydestiny.com
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Some parts of the world, like [[North America]] or [[Europe]], are densely populated and make for easy hitching. Other parts, like [[Central Asia]], have lower traffic and may result in harder transportation.
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Crossing the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans present some difficulty. This can easily be overcome with a little grit and determination. Hundreds of sailing boats cross the oceans every year. Waiting in busy ports like Grenada, Madeira or Panama can help. Talk to boat owners, be friendly, helpful, and approachable. Something may turn up. The internet is also a useful resource, there are many websites that match crew with short-handed skippers. They might just be going the right way.
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Latest revision as of 16:14, 24 June 2010

    This article is a travel topic

It's possible to circumnavigate the globe by hitchhiking. This article gives some ideas how.

Set goals[edit]

Different people have different goals for worldwide hitchhiking. Some questions to consider:

  • Are you planning to visit all 6 populated continents? Or just to stay moving in a roughly easterly or westerly direction until you return to where you started?
  • What are your time constraints? Can you take a year, or two, or three, to complete the trip?
  • How far are you willing to go on paid transportation?
  • Do you plan to walk or bike part of the way?
  • Will you pay for food and lodging?

Prepare[edit]

Get started[edit]

Choke points[edit]

Some parts of the world, like North America or Europe, are densely populated and make for easy hitching. Other parts, like Central Asia, have lower traffic and may result in harder transportation.

Crossing the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans present some difficulty. This can easily be overcome with a little grit and determination. Hundreds of sailing boats cross the oceans every year. Waiting in busy ports like Grenada, Madeira or Panama can help. Talk to boat owners, be friendly, helpful, and approachable. Something may turn up. The internet is also a useful resource, there are many websites that match crew with short-handed skippers. They might just be going the right way.





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