I'm an original Berliner, born three months before the Wall fell, and have discovered my love for travelling early on.
Hitchhiking is perhaps the most enriching way of transport while travelling, so I want to spread the word and assist fellow hitchers with my experiences. Thumbs up!
The first time I hitchhiked – although only for a distance of approx 5 km – was on Stewart Island, New Zealand. Since then, my thumb (often accompanied by signs) got me further rides in:
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- South Korea
The easiest countries were Malaysia and South Korea (both with an average waiting time of less than five minutes), while Laos was the hardest (of trying to hitchhike six times in good locations, only two times my girl and I were picked up – both times by Chinese business travellers). The most interesting/weird drivers I encountered were the Australians while going from Brisbane to Cairns in a course of two weeks.