[[User:ESko|ESko]] Hitchhiking 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 by Turkish friends explaining what I was actually doing and what I needed from drivers. I didn't have it when leaving IST, and it was a mistake. Get a Turkish friend to record a message on your phone which you can play to the drivers who give you a lift. It should say 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?"
When I went to Asia I just found first big road in asian part of the city and start hitchhiking. After 4 cars and short time I was in Gebze(City 50km from Istanbul). When I was going back to Europe I started hitchhiking in european part after Bosphorus bridge, I took 3 cars in city and then I finally stoped a car in direction Edirne. Hitchhiking from Istanbul is very easy. There are really a lot of cars and turkish drivers will not let you wait. Enjoy crazy Turkey! (Král všech moří, Semptember and October 2016)