User talk:Zac Stewart

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Hey Zac! Welcome to the Hitchhiking Wiki and thanks for your great picture!

I hope you're planning to upload some more. If you do, could you give them more descriptive names, that makes it easier to keep track pictures.

I hope you don't mind I put it on the Main Page :)

Thanks! GuakaTalkCS 15:30, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Ahoy. I read your profile, like your style. Checked out your Couchsurfing profile too, shame you were deported from the UK just for looking for a job, they're bloody fascists, that's why I left the place myself. Anyway, will drop you a note if I need any hitching tips. Drop me a line if you need any help in Europe at anytime. Take it easy and hope you make it to South America.

Myshkin 16:55, 16 August 2007 (CEST)

Hey, thanks a lot! It sucked getting the boot. I liked London a lot. So far, if I could pick a city to stay in, it would be there. You're also welcome to give me a call if you're ever gonna be in the States. After this Ecuador thing I'm planning to just be a vagrant for a while, so I'll be around some place :).
Also, what's it like over there on the Isle of Man? I've always wondered about those remote places around the British Isles. I know that my favorite distro is Linux is based there (Ubuntu), but I don't know much else. Is Douglas big enough to have a city feel, or what? Zactalk 23:57, 16 August 2007 (CEST)
Maybe I should answer that ;). Douglas sort-of feels like a small-town-with-extras. It's only 30000 people but it's still the capital 'city', so we get more shops, hotels, government buildings etc than you'd expect. The offshore finance sector is massive here, so if you're looking to settle here then your only real chances for a career are in banking, trust fund management, insurance, accountancy... *yawn*. Not really a hitchhiking lifestyle :). Lots of rich people live here for tax reasons, so the cost of living goes through the roof.
On the plus side, the scenery is breathtaking and some parts of the island are a near-total escape from civilisation, which can be hard to find in much of Europe. It's a stress-free place, very relaxed, almost no crime, people often leave their car doors unlocked because thieves have nowhere to drive them. I imagine that hitchhiking will be no problem... but I haven't tried it yet. --Tom 02:23, 17 August 2007 (CEST)

Panama and Colombia

There is no road. From what I've heard your best bet is to take a boat or even a plane straight to Ecuador. Hitching in Colombia is extremely hard and probably slightly dangerous. GuakaTalkCS 05:58, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

I know there isn't a road. It's all swamp and rainforest. I've heard stories of people getting rides on boats. I'd prefer that route because I hate flying. I tend to be hassled tons when I fly (I got denied entry for the UK a week or so ago). Do you know of any other budget options. I don't really want to fly into Ecuador because I want to see Central America too. Thanks. Zactalk 06:10, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
There is a discussion about that on the hitchhiking-mailinglist. Are you subscribed there? Otherwise I can forward the messages to you. --MrTweek 20:48, 9 January 2007 (CET)
The only mailinglist I'm on is the CS hitchhiking group. So if it's not that, sure send it to me :) z a c s t e w a r t /A/T/ a l l t e l . n e t. Zactalk 03:24, 10 January 2007 (CET)
Your best cheap bet might be to put up notices around the Panama Canal Yacht Club in Colon, or the yacht club on the Pacific Side (Balboa Yacht Club?) asking for working passage on a sailboat headed to Cartagena. It's a two day trip. You might have better luck making contacts by working as a line handler on the canal, helping cruisers to transit the canal (line handling doesn't require much strength; one person has to stand on each 'corner' of the boat and throw thick lines (ropes) to handlers on the shore to keep the boat stabilized as it's going through the locks--typically people pay about $50 plus food for local line handlers; if you do it for free for the experience you'll get an in). There are also boats (small cargo ships I think) which take passengers for about $250 and take 4+ days. Are you in Panama now by chance? --Sovietsleepover 20:27, 18 June 2007 (CEST)
I wish, but no. I'm stuck in Georgia working until September. My last trip sort of turned into a complete wreck and now I'm paying it off. But, going from Mexico down to South America is a trip I want to make some time. It wont be this next trip because I'm bringing my girlfriend out for her first time out of the country so I have to make it somewhat "normal." I'm still working on talking her into hitchhiking. We're just going to Ecuador for a month.
By the way, your repertoire is pretty impressive! I like what I read on your page. Welcome to the Hitchwiki and I hope to see some of your experience written down here. Zactalk 20:43, 18 June 2007 (CEST)

it's possible to take a plane to the last airport in Panama (Puerto Obldia), and go on by Boat. The whole trip should cost a good 100 USD; still half of what you pay for a direct flight to cartagena. Nagchampa 18:15, 27 August 2007 (CEST)

Caracas, Venezuela to Lima, Peru

You'd better avoid Colombia, I suggest you go through Brazil, which is isn't a great hitching country either, but it seems doable at least. Guaka 23:47, 30 December 2006 (CET)

Do you think it's that bad? I'm planning to stick to major cities and not hitching between them. Buses are cheap enough. I'd like to see Brazil a lot, but That route is sort of the Amazon. Zactalk 02:07, 31 December 2006 (CET)
You'll be fine like that, but hitching is just really hard and probably also really dangerous. Guaka 06:40, 31 December 2006 (CET)
I actually hitched from Venezuela (Ciudad Guayana) to Manaus. Hard ground, we needed four days for 2000 km (and i think we we were quite lucky). going by bus takes about to days, and sums up to some 5-70 USD (it's really cheap as long as your in venezuela).from manaus on you've got to go on by boat (sometimes it's possible to work on this boat un/loading cargo or so, for a free ride) for like two weeks to get to peru.

Chongqed

I want to keep all the spam terms on this wiki, with links to chongqed.org, that way spammers will be discouraged. And we might be able to keep this wiki open to "anonymous" edits. I'll just start project:Chongqed for this purpose :) Guaka 15:18, 23 July 2007 (CEST)

Oh sorry. I didn't know what Chongqed was and vandals will often make pages with the name of an existing page plus a a word or phrase (like a while ago we had Page and Kasper Souren is Gay showing up haha). Anyhow, good idea. It doesn't boost their google rating and I don't think any of our users and interested in cheap pharmaceuticals, so we might as well keep their spam here, but in an out-of-the-way area, so they don't add it again. --Zactalk 21:28, 23 July 2007 (CEST)

Wikitravel database dumps

I know you want them... Check out this non-commercial alternative for Wikitravel and add yourself to this page :) And find some more support ;) Guaka 19:24, 3 September 2007 (CEST)

Categories

Hi! Your user page category has been changed to Category:Hitchhikers in the United States because from now on this (along with the old Category:Hitchhikers) will be a standard categorization for hitchhikers on hitchwiki.org (see this discussion here for the reasons of doing so). If for some reason you don't want to be categorized by country, feel free to delete country category on your page leaving only a standard Category:Hitchhikers. We hope you don't mind, though.

Happy hitching,

The hitchwiki team

What's up?

Hey Zac, no edits since 2008? Hope you're okay! guaka 14:31, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

Hey Kasper. I'm doing fine. My lack of edits is due to lack of traveling. I've hardly left Atlanta since I got home from Ecuador in 2007! I'm trying to get started as a web developer so I can earn income on the go. --Zactalk 22:48, 29 July 2010 (UTC)
What kind of web developing? Drupal by any chance, or graphic design? guaka 11:16, 30 July 2010 (UTC)
I've worked with Drupal before, but I'm pretty much trying to get any work I can. I'm familiar with a few CMS's like WordPress joomlah!, Zen Cart, etc. I'm not super at graphic design. I'm trying to become expert at PHP and HTML5/CSS3 before it becomes standard. --Zactalk 12:32, 30 July 2010 (UTC)