Hitch hike trip
ABOUT THIS TRAVEL
FRANCE and UK HITCH-HIKING:
13 days, august 2000
19th August, Jon BonJovi concert at Wembley stadium (London): "I can't miss it, but how can I reach London cheaply? By hitch-hiking and rollerblading!!". I had no clue if it worked and how long it could take, hence I decided to leave 8 days before.
11th august, 7.30 a.m.: me
and Federica ("a crazy girl") were at a petrol station on the highway near Milan
with our thumbs up! At 8.00 a.m., we got our first lift picked up by a girl heading to Aosta . After 2
days, 8 lifts, having known so many helpful people, we got in Paris! It had been really
tough to get out from the city hitch-hiking, it took 6 hours, but we managed (read what happened). The day after we reached London. Since it was five days
before the concert and the city was too expensive we decided to go on northward. No way:
the day after we got in Edimburg!
A DRIVER OFFERED US HIS HOUSE TO SLEEP, WE GOT IT...
Heading to London we got a
lift in Manchester by a middle-aged man. In the car we started chatting about travelogues
of our Milan-Scotland travel and he said to be Ray Stubb, a BBC speaker (never heard about
him :-o). He seemed really interested and enthusiastic, and we got friendly in few hours.
Then he asked us if we wanted to accept his flat in London to spend the night; I thought I
havent understood correctly, but we were so tired that we didnt hesitate to
take his proposal. I knew it was a risk, but if you dont wanna risk in this kind of
travels its better you stay home.
A CRAZY DRIVER. BUT WE SURVIVED
We were in Albertville hitch-hiking for a lift toward Lion. It wasnt a good place to get a lift, in fact we were almost at a cross road in the town, but we didnt find anything better. We were showing our sign indicating CHAMBERY from the side walk and the people passing by looked quite oddly. It took almost an hour till a young guy stopped and let us on. Obviously since being French he didnt speak a word of English, but there were other details that didnt let us to get bored during the trip even if he shut up. First of all the way of driving: I think he thought to be in a rally and he would have won a prize if had reached Chambery as fast as possible. Not only a matter of high speed, but even crazy overtaking. I was in the backseat and I held every stuff could be used as handle. In addition he was listening the song American Pie of Madonna; OK, I like it, but it was so loud that the speakers were trembling and the sound twisted and, even worse, he set the repeat, hence, for more than one hour we listened the same song!!
Somehow we got in Chambery .THANKS GUY!
GET OUT FROM PARIS WAS TOUGH, BUT
I was aware that getting out
from a big city hitch hiking is tough; in particular to find the right place where ask a
Then we decided to try another place on another high way. It was even worse, and I started getting discouraged, but we found two Swedish guys stranded as us hitch hiking, hence we shared the expense for a cab to the first petrol station (4 km northward); we got there and in ten minutes we had our lift .GREAT!!!
Hitch hike tips
FOCUS ON THE PLACE YOU GONNA HITCH HIKE
The place where youll hitch hike turns out to be the most important thing. Its better to waste more time looking for a good place than to ask immediately for a lift from a wrong one. The petrol stations of the high ways are definitely the best spot to ask for a lift, while nearby a city is the worst one
INTRODUCE YOURSELF, AVOID THE THUMB UP
-Avoid asking a lift aside the road with your thumb up. To be trusted you should introduce yourself and speak with the people. Hence the best is to ask a lift at a petrol station while drivers are fuelling.
DONT ASK LONG DISTANCE LIFTS
-Dont ask long distance liftss. People dont risk to let on a person who could stink, be boring or annoying. Say you are heading to a place 30-50 km far, after getting acquainted in the car theyll take you till their final destination or, even, theyll divert to help you.
SIGN OR NOT SIGN?
-If you have no choose than lifting your thumb up aside a road, using a sign indicating your destination is not always the best to do. In fact people who dont exactly go in your direction wont stop or if your destination is far nobody would risk to take you for a long trip.
DONT SEEM A VAGABOND
-Obviously the appearance helps, hence avoid seeming a vagabond having dirty clothes.
TRAVELLING WITH A GIRL HELPS
-The best is to travel with a girl, obviously people rely more girls than boys and a couple has the highest probability to get a lift. For two guys asking for a lift is tougher to get it, but not impossible. Once in France I met two Swedish guys travelling by hitch-hike quite fastly.