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.
- 25 - 26 April 2015 - 2nd Swiss Hitchhiking Championship with Viva con Agua Switzerland, going from Fribourg to Lago di Como in Italy, find us here or on Facebook
- 30 April - 3 May 2015 - 8th DTSG race in the region east of Berlin, Germany (Märkische Schweiz), more here (German)
- 22 - 25 May 2015 - This year's Abgefahren race starts in Cottbus to a yet secret location up to 400km far away.
- 12 - 15 June 2015 - The biggest hitchhiking race of the Nordics, Hitchball 4000, will be organized for the 3rd time by the Finnish hitchhiking association HitchPro. The Facebook event is now online!
- 22 August - 6 September 2015 - This year going to Albania: the 8th Tramprennen for Viva Con Agua drinking water projects. See also facebook or Tramprennen.
- 1 August 2015 - Hitchgathering somewhere in Europe. Location to be announced soonish.
News (and old news)
26th December 2014 Folks behind Hitchwiki are building a new hospitality exchange community for hitchhikers and other travellers: Trustroots.org — It's time to join it and spread the word!
13th December 2014 Anick-Marie (formerly Perilisk and now Globestoppeuse) made available Hitchhiking, a 2010 How-to zine including an analysis of the different safety advice with their pros and cons, including women-specific advice
25th November 2014 Rules of Thumb: How to Hitch-Hike and Live on the Road, a detailed guidebook on hitch-hiking, has just been released for free, on Kindle, and in Paperback. Aimed at less experienced hitch-hikers about to undertake long-distance journeys.
27th September 2014 The famous Russian hitchhiker Alexey Vorov intends to race around the world in his new project 500 HOURS in order to promote peace and hospitality and to show how small our tiny planet is. Track his progress here
06th August - 28th September 2014 The TravelMakers Project is a journey from Berlin to Istanbul. The project is a combination of hitchhiking throughout Europe, creating street art, volunteering and contributing within urban communities in active social projects, and filming on the way. Learn more about their project and donate to their cause on Travel Makers - Hitchhiking for Social Projects
21 July 2014 The registrations for this years "Tramprennen", a hitchhiking race across Europe from Würzburg (Ger) to Lake Ohrid (Macedonia) are open now on tramprennen.org.
26 May 2014 The registration for the Abgefahren Hitchhiking Championships is now open. Abgefahren e.V. is looking forward to seeing you!
21 March 2014 Lawrence On Board, a new hitchhiking promotion program in Kansas needs your vote on facebook! They have been selected as semifinalists in the TEDxFulbright Social Innovations Challenge! The winner gets the full support of the TED and Fulbright communities. Cast your vote on facebook here!
13 January 2014 There is a new book about hitch-hiking: American Eyeball.
- till here on front page
21st December 2013 Due to the Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk 2014, entering Belarus visa-free from 25th April to 31st May is possible . A regular visa costs from 60€ to 160$ . The tickes are available from 91.000BYR (~7€).
14th December 2013 Hitching.it has gone live as of a few hours ago in the intent of replacing digihitch.com. After a long battle of empty promises and sabotage, it is intended to fill the gap that has existed since digihitch began losing features and users since digihitch's original owner, Salman, passed away in 2010. Digihitch, which is now a forum and skeleton of the original site, is expected to shut down for good in early 2014. Hitching.it is still a work in progress, but all are encouraged to join the forums and begin submitting content.
1st December 2013 A new project in the Netherlands has come to life to promote hitchhiking: www.nederlandlift.nl.
9th November 2013 We're organizing a festive gathering for hitchhikers (and non-hitchhikers) in France next July. Are you European and between 18 and 30 years old? If you want to help organize this you can apply for an EVS scholarship that will feed and lodge you and even comes with pocket money.
23rd September 2013 Started by some of the folks that brought you Trashwiki and Hitchwiki, Nomadwiki is a new wiki with info and tips for nomads (and other travelling folk) about shoestring budget traveling. Here you'll find out about free camping, no 5 star hotels, not for tourists!
30th August 2013 We had some severe technical issues last week. The wiki is back up and running, but some content got lost unfortunately.
8th August 2013 Canada begins distributing thousands of hitchhiking posters in a new harm reduction campaign hoping to reduce the dangers of hitchhiking and track down those who assault hitchhikers. Among the areas the material will be distributed is the infamous Highway of Tears.
1st May 2013 Bence and pite did a classic route hitchhiking. From some amateur videoshots a 2 minute movie has been made about the Moscow-Saint Petersburg trip. Hope it will encourage other hitchhikers to do more and more youtube clips about their rides.
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!
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.trash:News and events