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Hitchhiking around the world

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Hitchhiking around the world

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

Set goals

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?


Get started

Choke points

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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