Early experiences (:
My first hitching was when I had 14-15 years, I was in Szántód at the Lake Balaton, and I really had to catch a bus in Siófok. I was alone, and I could make the 15 kms with 3 cars. I reached the bus. Next I had to reach the train in Mosonmagyaróvár from a little village in the very early morning. No cars passed in about one hour while I was walking in the right direction. I gave up and I sat down in the busstop. In 2 minutes a car stopped, and gave me a ride, but I wasn't hitchhiking at all. How many times happened with you that somebody stopped when you were sitting in a busstop? For me this was the only one. Strange. I was 16, alone, about 10 kms. The third time was because of a missed last bus with a friend, 20 kms. Fourth the same situation, but with my mother.
Professional career (:
Then I met pite, and we started our career with a not very successful trip from Budapest to Prague. We could make it only to Vienna. A few months later some Bulgarian friends encouraged us to hitchhike in their country, and no one can stop us since then. It was in 2006. Until the 27th of October, 2008, I made approximately 20 500 km. Countries: Hungary, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sardegna, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Ukraine, Macedonia, Czech Republic
Longest hitching: 1655 km, from Paris to Szeged, about 27 hours Shortest ride: about 200 m
Total: appr. 20 500 km until the 25th of October, 2008
Turkish drivers? Not for women alone. Even with a man you have to say that you're married, show your finger like there would be a ring. My most unpleasant experiences were with Turkish truckdrivers. One was drunk, some wanted sex or to take me to Turkey. Nothing happened, but I was quite frightened, wishing to get out of the truck. So never again, at least alone.
I don't remember everything, but I try to collect my trips.
Before 2006 - 70 km
Szántód - Siófok (H) 15 km Szigetköz - Mosonmagyaróvár 15 km Szeged - Hódmezővásárhely 20 km (twice, 40 km)
2006 - appr. 4200 km
Budapest - Vienna 240 km Budapest - Pécs 200 km (return - 400 km) Budapest - Hódmezővásárhely 190 km (several times, return) Pilisszentlélek - Budapest 40 km Bulgaria: Plovdiv - Burgas 250 km Burgas - Sozopol 38 km (return - 76 km) Burgas - almost Istanbul 300 km (return - 600 km) Nesebar - Gabrovo 247 km Gabrovo - Veliko Tarnovo 54 km Veliko Tarnovo - Ruse 120 km Varna - Kaliakra 60 km (return - 120 km) Vama Veche HC Summer Camp Nagylak - Bucharest 500 km Constanta - Vama Veche 50 km Vama Veche - Sofia 560 km Sofia - Szeged 600 km
2007 - appr. 7300 km
German-French Spring trip Laufersweiler - Trier 70 km Laufersweiler - Traben-Trarbach 22 km (return - 44 km) Nantes - La Rochelle 140 km La Rochelle - Ile de Ré 20 km Ile de Ré - Bordeaux 200 km Bordeaux - Biarritz 200 km Ukraine trip Budapest - Kassa (Kosice, SK) 260 km Kassa - Turka 180 km Lviv - Uzhorod 220 km Uzhorod - Budapest 340 km Portuguese Summer Budapest - Pozsony (Bratislava) 200 km Faro - Évora 230 km Évora - Lisboa 130 km Sintra - Foz do Arelho 110 km Foz do Arelho - Alcobaça - Batalha - Fátima - Leiria 100 km Leiria - Coimbra - Figueira da Foz 120 km Figueira da Foz - Aveiro 75 km Aveiro - Porto 80 km Porto - Braga - Guimarães 80 km Guimarães - Gerês 50 km Gerês - Santiago de Compostela 200 km Paris - Szeged 1655 km Sardegna Alghero - Bosa - Bolotana 100 km Bolotana - Dorgali - Cala Gonone 80 km (return - 160 km) Bolotana - Oristano 70 km (return - 140 km) Bolotana - Bosa 55 km Bosa - Alghero 45 km Other Budapest - Fonyód (H) 150 km (return - 300 km) Sajókaza - Budapest 200 km Budapest - Balatonakarattya 90 km (return - 180 km) Budapest - Hódmezővásárhely 190 km (several times, return) Budapest - Súr 70 km (return - 140 km) Hódmezővásárhely - Szanazug - Gyula - Hódmezővásárhely 185 km
2008 - 8921 km until the 5th of September
"Denmark" Løgumkloster - Rømø 40 km (two times and return - 160 km) Løgumkloster - Tønder 20 km (return - 40 km) Løgumkloster - Ribe 40 km (return - 80 km) Copenhagen - Odense - Løgumkloster 315 km Løgumkloster - Billund 130 km (return - 260 km) Oslo Airport - Oslo 50 km Løgumkloster - (Hannover) - Berlin 650 km Berlin - Keeken, Kleve (D) 600 km Keeken, Kleve - Nijmegen 20 km (return - 40 km) Keeken, Kleve - Løgumkloster 630 km Hamburg - Bremen 100 km WWOOF Summer Millingen aan de Rijn (NL) - Arnhem (NL) 35 km Keeken - Amsterdam 140 km Amsterdam - Utrecht - Keeken 140 km Keeken - Brussels 250 km Macedonian trip Budapest - Hódmezővásárhely - Beograd 430 km Beograd - Skopje 438 km Skopje - Ohrid 177 km Ohrid - Veles 185 km Veles - Röszke 670 km Other Budapest - Prague 528 km (return - 1056 km) Budapest - Hódmezővásárhely 190 km (let's say 10 times) Buják - Budapest 80 km Hódmezővásárhely - Szanazug - Budapest 310 km