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== Personal experiences ==
: Hitchiking out was really a hassle. It is easy to get a lift, but people do not understand that you need to follow the highway. They think you want to take a bus, and thus it gets complicated. In other parts of Turkey I had a recorded message from Turkish friends explaining what I was actually doing and what I needed from drivers. I didn't have when leaving IST, and it was a mistake. Record a message on your phone which you can play to the drivers who give you a lift , saying something like: "I'm from XY, and right now I'm hitchhiking from IST to X. Can you take me on this road as long as possible?"