Hitchhiking news and news archive
Here you are welcome to mention current hitchhiking events, such as big hospitality exchange camps, hitchhike races or meet-ups.
- 17-20 May 2013 - The German Hitchhiking Competition 2013 from Dresden to an as yet unknown destination 300-500km far away.
- 21-23 June 2013 - 6th competitive autostop race by DTSG in Germany. Hitchhiking mixed with orienteering and exploring of (un)known regions. June race invites beginners and interested folk and hardcore hitchhikers alike. 2-day race, location tba. More info here.
- 5 August 2013 - Hitchgathering somewhere in Europe. Location is to be announced after winter.
- 16-30 August 2013 - Tramprennen'13, choose one of the 6 routes from Germany, Netherlands or Switzerland to Masuria, north-east Poland.
- 27-29 September 2013 - 7th competitive autostop race by DTSG in Germany. Hitchhiking mixed with orienteering and exploring of (un)known regions. Location tba. More info here.
News (and old news)
21st March 2013 There's a Wikimedia Commons app for Android. Enable your GPS, make pics of your hitching trips and use these pics here directly on Hitchwiki without a hassle.
28th February 2013 A bill was introduced January 9, 2013 by Senator Leland Christensen called Senate File 29 to eliminate prohibition of solliciting a ride and therefore legalize hitchhiking in the state of Wyoming, USA. It was enacted on 27th February 2013, hitchhiking becoming legal in that state as of July 1, 2013.
20th December 2012 like Hitchwiki in the past, BeWelcome switches to the free and open source OpenStreetMap, underlining "its strong non-profit values - in a time where internet-based peer-to-peer hospitality communities are subject to increasing commercialization by venture capitalists".
12th November 2012 The New York Times is encouraging people to hitchhike: "What if we could remake the original landscape of alienation — the highway — into a place where Americans could once again reach out to help one another, to share space and time with a stranger? We might begin to reconnect, not just with one another, but with the idea of ourselves as one people, moving in the same direction." — discussion about the article on Hacker News.
1 October 2012 Hitchwiki has a new design. We hope you like it!
- till here on front page
10th September 2012 Tramprennen 2012 is over. 117 hitchhikers and 54 teams from 14 countries made it to the Surduc Lake in Romania and raised 15230 Euro for a WASH-Project of the German NGO Viva con Agua in India. Read the final resumee with some images
6 September 2012 Thomas Francine has released his documentary The Greater Good: A Hitchhiker Perspective free online.
18 August 2012. Stuart Jameson is currently traveling the world after the death of his parents. The only form of transport allowed while traveling from Europe to India and beyond is hitchhiking. He will be doing this in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and details of how to sponsor will be posted soon. Check out his blog at www.lookingforstu.com
More information on WriteOutLoud GrahamEcclesBlogs and To the Fringe with a Farthing or email thejackofpiel(a)hotmail(d)co(d)uk for details.
17 September 2010 - guaka managed to (finally) fix the OpenID login, now also includes a very easy way to log in from your Google or Yahoo accounts. (But note that you can't use more than 1 OpenID for one Hitchwiki account.)
16 July 2010 - Hitchwiki is alive and kicking, now 1600 + 1 articles on Hitchwiki in English, with a staggering total of 134,583 edits and an average of 1300 visitors per day and as we speak 400 - 1 articles on Trashwiki in English - that makes 2000 pages in total
8 June 2010 - Organization has begun for the North America Hitch Gathering taking place August 21st, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado. Join the mailing list, get involved, update the wiki and see you this summer!!
6 June 2010 - We started a collaboration of the month! Everybody on hitchwiki is welcome to continue on this idea and add his/her suggestions! The first topic for June 2010 will be Portugal, the destination of the 6810 European hitchhiking gathering.
14 May 2010 - Hand to Mouth to India is the tale of how Tom Thumb hitchhiked from England to India with no money. Now you can read it for free online or download the book to share around the world hitching community (more books).
28 December 2009 - The organization of the third edition of the European hitchhiking festival, 6-8-10, started. The whole hitchhiking community is asked to give a voice to designate a meeting place for 2010. All relevant information can be found on the 6810 article.
11 December 2009 - We now offer a hitchwiki tutorial for all fellow hitchhikers out there who are new to hitchwiki and want to share their knowledge with us, but don't know how. Check it out and get some insights in the world of editing articles and adding hitchhiking spots on hitchwiki!
29 November 2009 - The movie about the Viva con Agua hitchhiking race is out! It includes English subtitles & 23 minutes of pure hitchhiking! Watch the race here. The editors worked hard to finish the movie and do appreciate feedback in any direction!
21 July 2009 - We had some technical difficulties the last days/weeks due to a broken hard drive. Everything should work again now. (We have also set up a read-only mirror you can use in case the main server is down.)
13 July 2009 - At m.hitchwiki.org we've set up a hitchwiki version for mobile phones.
1 July 2009 - Hitchwiki switched its license to Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA). This means that: 1. it simplifies the distribution of the Hitchwiki's content where only an attribution is required (+ all derivated works require the application of the same CC-BY-SA license); 2. Hitchwiki will be licensed under the same license as other wikis (Wikipedia, Wikitravel, Wikivoyage), sites (OpenStreetMap) and images (Flickr's CC), a strong bond with which helped immensively in building up the content of Hitchwiki.
9 June 2009 - The German hitchhiking championship, held on June 12th, can be followed on the mobile hitchhiking blog (or via Twitter/trampen). It's free for all to use (standard rates apply) while on the road, to keep friends and families informed, or just to tell the world how amazing your last ride was!
21 January 2009 - The English version of hitchwiki has a new main page - add your thoughts here. We also finally installed the latest WordPress version at blogs.hitchwiki.org, so now blogging is even finer, including new plugins and themes.
12 December 2008 - Switzerland is finally in the Schengen Agreement, and long existed cross-border passport checks are on their way to be abolished. The land border checkpoints are to be closed from this day, though people entering the country would have their passports checked until March 29, 2009, if they originate from a Schengen nation.
13 November 2008 - There is a call for participants for the Eurizons 2008: A Call for Climate Justice: Hitchhiking Campaign to the COP 14 (5.-6.12.08) and exhibition 'Voices from the South' in Poznan. - Check it out now and join!
3 November 2008 - We now added to-do lists for articles. If you think an article needs some cleanup, if you want to request specific information, or other things that could be on a todo list, then check out this template: todo template. If you want to add a todo-list, just go to the Talk page of an article (click discussion on top of the article) and type in
30th of October - Trashwiki was started in the week that the English Hitchwiki reached 1000 articles. It has the same free-minded spirit and is focused on dumpster diving (conceptually similar to hitchhiking). Today we reached 60 articles!
19th of August - Some hitchhikers are currently working on a hitchhiking magazine. If you are interested in participating, check out the wiki brainstorming for Whatever the Random Roads.
17th of August – Back in the top ten of the Google search on hitchhiking.
8th of April – We now have 1295 articles in 5 languages!
4th of March – Hitchwiki now even has a Russian language version :) It will be maintained by Lnx. If you speak Russian, it would be nice if you could help a bit. And if you know Russian speakers, please help to spread the word!
26th of February – The German hitchhiking club Abgefahren e.V. is organizing a hitchhiking competition through Germany and Poland from 22th–25th May 2008! For more information check out abgefahren-ev.de, there you can register for the trip and get the latest information! See you on the road!
14 December – We recently launched blogs.hitchwiki.org, where you can start your own hitchhiking blog. Just log in with your hitchwiki user data and you can write your first post right away :) There's also a new feature at some country articles (see Germany or Bulgaria) called Hitchability. With this everyone can rate the countries on how good they are for hitchhiking. Want to rate your country? Have a look here.
5 November – We just added a little Question? Need Help? section to the Talk to us page. If you have any questions concerning the wiki, if you need city or country-specific information, don't hesitate to ask here. Whatever, good luck to all hitchhikers!
8 October – Hitchwiki is growing bigger and bigger! The only decrease was the number of pictures. Please upload your nice hitch pictures from this year's Summer and we'll put them in the relevant articles and if they're really nice, on the Main Page!
11 September – Hitchwiki is going international!
SAn from Autostop Argentina started Autostopwiki in Spanish and they already have a lot of information about Argentina. With support from abgefahren e.V., we started Trampwiki in German and are just starting to translate information from the English wiki. Due to some general interest, we've also set up a French hitchwiki. If you speak one of these languages, you are very welcome to contribute. If you have an account here, you can use it in all these wikis, of course. Oh, and if you want to see hitchwiki in any other language and are willing to help a bit with that, just let us know.
10 September – If you are somewhat active here or interested in the future of hitchwiki, check Hitchwiki:Organization and leave your comments, if you have some.
6 September – We now have more than 500 articles! Actually, probably due to some weird technical problem 154 articles weren't counted, so we don't know when we precisely reached 500. Oh well, whatever. Nevermind.
18 August – We just created an IRC-Channel called #hitchhiking on EFNet.
14 August – A German hitchhiking club was founded, called abgefahren e.V.. They will also organize a hitchhiking camp/gathering near Freiburg im Breisgau from 6th to 9th of September. Check it out at abgefahren.hitchbase.com.
25 July – There's now some basic information on how to pick up hitchhikers. Feel free to add more!
15 June – The Lithuanian Hitch-hiking Gathering will take place at June 29 – July 01 in a very natural surrounding of Salcininkai, which is about 30 kilometres south from Vilnius. More info at autostop.lt
29 May – 100 users have registered since we moved all the stuff to hitchwiki.org. Huge thanks to everyone.
22 May – London to Paris Competition! There will be a London to Paris competition for young people, starting 2nd or 3rd of June at Trafalgar Square, London and ending that night (hopefully) at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Buy-in is 10GBP and the winner gets all! If you are on Facebook search for "The Race to Paris" and join the group or leave a message on [[Talk:User:Andrew|Andrews talk page]].
08 May – There is now a hitchwiki email list, for any discussions related to Hitchwiki, feel free to join.
01 May – The "BERLIN HOSPITALITY CLUB BEACHCAMP", an international hospitality, backpacker and hitchhiker gathering will happen from May 24th – 28th in Berlin. Check http://www.happy-traveller.de/. You can probably meet other hitchwiki users there.25 April – You can now include maps from Liftershalte.info directly into hitchwiki-articles. See how it works. Also check Mönchengladbach and Hannover.
14 February – We're number two if you Google for "hitchhiking wiki".
15 December – Server upgrade: up to 6 hours downtime one of these days.
27 November – Let's organize the New Zealand hitch course 2007!
24 November – We've moved to hitchwiki.org! Update your bookmarks and tell your hitchhiking friends! It seems that Wikia has a different way of counting articles. So we're back to 115 :)
21 November – We were in the Google top 50 for "hitchhiking".
16 November – Let's work on a Hitchhiking Zine!
27 September - Help gather some information about Hitchhiking in the media.
24 September - We reached 200 articles. See also the statistics.
20 September - Hitchhiking from the United Kingdom to the European mainland isn't too hard at all? Cross the channel in Dover and find your ride to Turkey in Calais. The same trick, for Scandinavia can be tried in Puttgarden, Germany.
19 August - The Hitchhiking Wiki is now syndicated by the CouchSurfing Guide.
January 2006 - We reached 100 articles.
December 2005 - The Hitchhiking Wiki was moved to Wikia, from hitchhikingguide.org, where it was spammed to death.