Updated: Oct 23, 2020
Hitchhiking is something that everybody would have dreamed about at least once after turning 18. To get on the road and face whatever it comes, be your own boss, make your own decisions, and find yourself on the road.
It is a brave way and budget-effective travel mode which might lead to plenty of adventures. I mean, you can do whatever you want, and experience that feeling of ultimate freedom. It’s like that “born to be wild” feeling.
It isn’t like a pre-paid tour you choose during the winter, from a catalog in a cheap travel agency. And then when the vacation finally comes you just count the cost in your head, if you get proper value for your money, or it would have been better to choose the other trip in the catalog. Compared to hitchhiking it’s like just counting all day looking through options, and you just end up forgetting to enjoy yourself.
Why should you try Hitchhiking?
Hitchhiking is different because the only thing that matters is you and your goals, your ambitions. When you go on a trip without any expectations, you can only win. It will be an adventure; regardless of it going to end up well or it bringing with it some difficulties. The connection with local culture and becoming part of it at least for a short period makes you wiser and helps you get to know other cultures. You can see things that are never advertised in anywhere, that’s the real beauty that you can never experience in the pre-paid tourist agency tours.
We can see the tourist agencies' programs, it's like most of the time 9:30 – Museum, 10:00 – Free activity, 10:30 – Rendezvous point in the Tesco carpark next to the bus and 11:00 – Depart for the next city. It’s like a program you must do, you do not have free choice, you must follow orders. They tell you what you can do and when. Spending most of your time on a bus traveling with the same people maybe is not for everyone.
However, if you are hitchhiking, traveling is not an empty time you spend on a bus for hours drinking cheap orange juice. You are active, thinking, searching for the best options, and that makes it interesting, I was always looking for adventures. Something amazing I could brag about to my grandkids when I’ll be old to tell the stories about how bold and daring I was. It’s like you don’t know what is going to be your next step. And THAT uncertainty will give you that little adrenaline rush, which you don’t realize it the first time, but in the end that makes the whole trip unforgettable, and exciting.<