Why I Hitchhike
Why we hitchhike?
Hitchhiking is about free transport. All the other reasons make it Art.
There are obvious profits we shouldn't miss. Like getting to know locals - best source of local information. Or facing different situations - learning flexibility. Ecological aspect. Best opportunity to learn patience and overtone singing. Possibility to meet kinds of people we wouldn't meet normally, from all social classes and backgrounds. Although they have always something in common - the will to help. It depends on us how curious we are, what questions we ask and how much of it we learn and understand. Lately I see that every ride can give something away.
Driver provides us with a ride. We are there to offer our attention. Of course, some can only listen or only talk. But usually it is possible to have a decent conversation. At the beginning of my hitchhiking I tried not to enter serious topics, I thought that just an entertaining blablablah is better as more polite. I was afraid to ask questions.
With experience I realised that hitchhiking gives possibility of creating very special and unique relation. Close space, short term, already existing trust, fact that you are probably not going to see each other - all that gives space for open and honest interaction. Hitchhiker is like a priest or psychologist listening to confessions. Driver has no interest to lie. Often after getting out of a car, my co-hiker says: "How could you ask so direct and personal questions?!". These are very simple questions. Making those people see their lives from a perspective, overall, faire le point. It is not that easy with day-to-day hustle. Sometimes I have a feeling that my driver has never been so honest with anyone. Including himself.
After such rides I feel wiser myself and that is why I am addicted to hitchhiking. Hitchhiking school of life.
- Hitchhiking is free - as in freedom and as in free rides
- Hitchhiking is fun and it teaches you patience when it's not
- Hitchhiking expands your horizons
- Hitchhiking changed my life for the better
I think my user-page and blog will tell you why. (Or in the words of "Petje Pitamientje": I just like it ;)
Feel free to add why you hitchhike, press edit! There is a world out there and I want to see it.