Bosnia and Herzegovina
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|Currency:||Convertible mark (BAM)|
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is generally good for hitchhiking as the people here are very warm and friendly. If you are from a western country, chances are good that the people you meet in the street will have friends or relatives living in your country (due to refugees who left Bosnia during the war). This makes for an easy conversation with locals (if you can communicate with them).
The roads are mostly of high quality, and police won't give you any trouble here. In some places you may have to wait for quite some time, though.
There are still some uncleared landmines, so when walking outside of cities, try to stay on the road or on generally used paths. Try to avoid hitching within cities as you will most likely attract a taxi.
Many car drivers will not understand the concept of hitchhiking, and private taxi is a major form of public transport. Therefore, make sure before you board a vehicle that the driver is not an informal taxi. Also make sure to keep an eye on the road - if the driver makes sudden turns or there are any other uncommon for usual driving changes in his behavior, it is likely that he is either a taxi driver or that he thinks he is doing good by bringing you to the local bus station. You therefore will have to be reiterative on stating that you travel exclusively by autostop.
Thousands of unmarked land mines are still present in the country and walking off the road into the bushes on a spot you are not familiar with is not a good idea. In general, any area which seems visited recently is safe to go, but any area which is all overgrown, and clearly not visited by anyone for a decade is not to be trusted until locals confirm it's safe.
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