Garthelgard believes in eye contact and either sticking out your thumb, holding a sign with your destination or a joke sign
Gas stations is Garthelgard's favorite hitchhiking spot because he gets to talk to a lot of different people. He believes in an active attitude consisting in striking up a conversation with drivers. In Europe, Garthelgard beleives in the use of a funny ice-breaker: he flashes his Tokyo sign at drivers and asks them "Excuse me, are you going to Tokyo today". The ice breaker is essential in order to break the whole "I don't-know-you-why-should-I-take-you-for-all-i-know-you-could-be-a-criminal" pattern. For Garthelgard, the second step consists in explaining his project ( who he is, where he is from, where he left, who took him before, why is he going to his destination, what he does for a living, why does he hitchhike) in order to reassure people and break the common stereotype of the hitchhiker
"It is when you are in a survival mode that you can see the best or the worst in people". Pascal Dumont.
Hitchhiking is more of a lifestyle that an actual means of transportation for me. I got hooked on hitchhiking pretty quickly because it is a way for me to:
- understand the effects of society on people
- understand the impact of the media on people
- understand the true nature of human beings
- see the best coming out of people
- share with others (I get a ride and I sometimes buy coffee) and contribute to a communautarian ideal
- to maintain a positive thinking
- to get a rush of adrenaline and real adventure
I consider my drivers as family members and actual teachers and learn something from every ride. I see hitchhiking as an actual school of living.