I am a 20 year old hitchhiker from Berlin.
My first ever ride got me from Basel (CH) to just outside Basel in Summer 2011 at the age of 16.
My longer hitchhikinh trips took me to:
- 2011: Switzerland, France, Germany
2012: Netherlands, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland
2013: Sweden, Norway, Denmark
2014: Netherlands, Belgium, England, Scotland, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Italy
2015: France, Spain, Morocco, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland
2016: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France
I like to hitchhike with other people; most of my hitching has been done in pairs of two, but hitching with 3 or 4 people is also cool. I hitchhike short distance across Germany a lot, usually alone.
A major challenge for hitchhikers of the future will be to ensure self-driving cars are equipped with a Pick Up a Hitchhiker function.
(start lobbying everybody!)
I see hitchhiking as a fantastic means of cultural exchange, but above all else, I do it for the fun