First time hitchhiking

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If you've never hitchhiked before, you have to get over your first time hitchhiking fear. Every hitchhiker went through this. The first time, standing on the side of the road, heart pounding.

To get over this, just do it!

Prepare yourself: buy a map, check out the Top Tips, other pages on this wiki, other hitchhiking websites. Make sure you know what a good spot means, and that you know some good spots on the trip you're making.

First time hitchhiking doesn't necessarily mean a short trip -- but starting with a short trip might help you get used to the motions and what to expect. Take a day trip to the next town! This said, don't prepare too much. Decide where you're going, the best road to get there, walk a distance, and at a good spot face the traffic and stick up your thumb. You'll feel like the center of attention at first, but after a while you'll get used to it, and will become more concerned with trying to "win a ride" than your worries about what you're doing.

I tried to hitchhike before, but those were complete failures, without a map, with no clue about hitchhiking. Then one moment, living in Paris, I found myself with 200 euros and the wish to go to Barcelona. So I tried again! It was great! I waited more than 2 hours in Paris and it took me a day and a half.