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The Ultimate Guide to Hitchhiking

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Hitchhiking has been around since time immemorial. Traditionally, hitchhiking means to ask for a ride by standing on the edge of the road, thumb extended upwards. It’s not always that you get picked by some good Samaritan. People nowadays have become wary of strangers asking for rides and prefer to pass on by without a second glance. But there are some times when you just have to hitchhike, so you might as well do it right! Here is the ultimate guide to hitchhiking and what to expect while trying to hitch a ride

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1. First and foremost, make sure it’s not a “No Hitchhiking” spot. Hitchhiking may be illegal or prohibited in some areas so the best idea is to ask the locals and then take the next step

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2. Hitchhiking can be difficult and frustrating. It’s not as simple as a girl showing off her legs and stopping traffic, as hitchhiking is usually portrayed in movies. It’s a slow process and you must be prepared to walk the distance if you fail to hitch a ride

3. Drivers who usually tend to pick up hitchhikers are people who want some company for the long drive. Try to learn the language of the place you are hitchhiking in, so you can have a conversation with them

4. Choose whether you want a sign announcing your destination or not. While a sign may help attract drivers more easily, it may also deter others who are not taking your route and make them just pass by

5. It’s recommended that you carry a foldable bicycle with you as Plan B if your hitchhiking plan doesn’t work out. Also, enough food and drink to last you till you reach your destination

6. It’s a good idea to avoid wearing sunglasses and a hat. Show people your face and smile pleasantly for a greater chance of hitching a ride

7. When you do get a ride, note down the model, colour and registration of the vehicle before you get in, and if possible text it to a friend

8. Sit in the front passenger seat, if possible. Rear doors may have child locks which means you cannot open them from the inside and hence, cannot make a run for it in case of danger

These are some simple tips and tricks that can help you get a ride quickly. What other tips would you add to this ultimate guide to hitchhiking?

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Nikita is a total and complete bookworm. She’s also a writer and a dreamer who dreams of travelling far and wide. Her other very important dream is to one day, very soon, write books for children.

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