- 24,068 kms
- 24 min
Average distance of hitchhiked trip: 209 kms
- 15 very good experiences
- 313 good experiences
- 3 neutral experiences
- 1 bad experiences
Type of rides:
- 190 rides with a car
- 31 rides with a truck
- 2 rides with a bus
I'm a Slovak hitchhiker from Bratislava. Happy to host you if you ever end up in my neck of the woods :)
Clondalkin → Shannon Airport
Insane Irish guy
First hitch in Ireland. Surprised by the 1h 20m wait as Ireland was supposed to be easy to hitch. Guy was so Irish you couldn't be more if you tried. Swore a lot and was returning from a funeral. Saw a mini bus on the motorway from Kerry and said he was from there and might now the guy. He then proceeded to pull up in front of it and flash his hazards until the guy stopped on… (read on in Trip)
Nice farmer who picked me up at a rather desperate location in the middle of nowhere after almost no waiting. His car was super dirty, but I was glad to get the hell out of there.
Girl who used to hitchhike herself until she had a terrifying experience in Australia. Some guy tried to kidnap her friend and her, but thankfully her friend had military training and was able to steer to car away from the road and wall away from the crash.
Businessman from Birdhill
Nice guy, was commuting from Dublin back home to Birdhill. Worked for a telecommunications company and used to live in Florida as a kid. Suggested he drop me off at a local road instead of the motorway ramp as locals would pick me up easier. I went against my hh'ker instincts and agreed, almost regretting as it turned out it wasn't very busy.
Nice guy, worked as a security contractor. I noticed a lot of religous books. This guy was only going to Limerick but said he still had an hour to spare so he'd take me all the way to Shannon Airport which would be about a 40km detour on a toll road! Really helped me out as I'd have to do a lot of walking otherwise. Gave me a "God loves you pamphlet".
|28 March 2017|
London → Manchester
Welsh Army Veteran
Older Welsh guy in a cabrio. Slightly difficult to understand due to his accent and noise. Drove through the Peak District, which was quite stunning. Drove me right to the university, literally to the minute when my lecture started!
Paki textile trader
Nice Paki guy who imported textiles into the UK. He was quite well traveled as he'd been to China and South Korea because of business. We had an interesting conversation about life and how he'd almost gone back to Pakistan because Birmingham seemed too much like the life-style in Pakistan, until he went to London where he fell in love with the city. I was hoping he could take… (read on in Trip)
|05 March 2017|
Manchester → London
Another mother and daughter pair, this time a generation older. First car I approached, which hasn't happened in a loooong time. They were on their way to Coventry, so I passed the major hassle of Birmingham with relative ease. The daughter had hitchhiked/backpacked herself too.
Russian mother with Greek daughter
So here I was hitching in Manchester early in the morning for about 20 minutes when I see a girl approach me out of nowhere: "We'll take you!" I was quite puzzled, but she explained that they'd actually gone back for me! In the car I learned that they were going to a university open-day in Birmingham.
I was a little uneasy about approaching this pair because they seemed a little strange, but boy was I wrong. The guy worked as an airline ops coordinator and used to live in the US where he got his FAA instructor license and worked at an airport. We had a really interesting chat about aviation and time flew by.
Nice Romanian guy who didn't hesitate a second when I asked him at a gas station (unlike the uptight Londoners…) We had a nice chat about our countries.
|04 March 2017|
|Bratislava → Bratislava 29km 1||18 December 2016|
|London → Manchester 298km 5||11 December 2016|
Manchester → London
Older man in a van. Used to work as a bookbinder, now delivered printed materials around Manchester. Avoided the highway because of traffic (which was a smart move). Probably went on a detour to get me to a services on the M6.
Doctor from the Swat Valley
One of the most interesting people who have ever given me a ride. He looked quite stylish and turned me down outright when I approached him. I kept on trying talking to drivers and he eventually approached me after he came back from the services with: "Do you have ID?" I was a little puzzled, thinking he wanted to call the cops on me (for no reason). He then added he'd take me… (read on in Trip)
|09 December 2016|
Takayama → Sumida-ku
Young Barber from Takayama
The longest I've ever waited in Japan even though the spot was actually quite reasonable. I was about to move on along the road when a local guy in a "Japanese JEEP" stopped. He worked as a barber and was excited to take a hitch-hiker. Spoke basic English. Drove me to a parking lot near an onsen in Hiraya and tried to look for Matsumoto license plates there. When I told him… (read on in Trip)
Two Friends (who apparently just got fired)
Two young women who must've been to the toll shop on the other side of the road because I did not see their car until they pulled up on an adjacent parking lot and asked where I was going. They'd both apparently just lost their jobs, which made my question "so, what do you do for a living?" sound pretty unfortunate in retrospect. Drove through some pretty amazing scenery and… (read on in Trip)
Middle-aged carpenter in a tiny Japanese van. I wasn't sure whether to take the ride because the PA we'd initially agreed on was super close and I was already planning on getting a direct ride to Tokyo. I was lucky I took it though because later on the man told me he had "business" near the agreed PA for about 30 minutes and that afterwards he could take me to a PA which was… (read on in Trip)
"Oil Machines" Salesman
First and only time I'd used a sign while hitching in the Japan. Pretty soon a nice guy from Tokyo stopped. He was a salesman and sold some "oil pressure" devices. We hit the afternoon Tokyo rush hour, which was even emphasized by 2 accidents along the way, but got some awesome views of Downtown Tokyo. The visibility was off the charts that day. Guy even did a slight detour to… (read on in Trip)
|22 November 2016|
Kanazawa → Takayama
Businessman from Niigata
Middle-aged businessman from Niigata. Didn't speak much English but did tell me that his son was getting married in Hawaii and that he would depart from Narita on the same day as me.
Guy does a 30km, toll road detour for me!
Went out of his way on a toll road!!! He did an approx. 30 km detour, which was in a completely different direction than he was going. Was super nice and told me he sold Kimonos for a living and was on his way home. Had a 1 yo son. Spoke basic English so communication was quite easy.
Neat Elderly Couple
Elderly couple who I'd approached at a tiny deserted PA and explained in my broken Japanese that I was hitchhiking to Takayama. They were a little reluctant at first but then said they were actually going to Takayama, as well, and that they'd take me. I couldn't have been happier, as it was the Sun was slowly starting to set. Turned out to be really nice but couldn't speak any… (read on in Trip)
|21 November 2016|
Kyoto → Kanazawa
Junior High Teachers
Four young junior high school teachers on their way to Maibara for a short trip. One of them was an English teacher so communicating was very easy. They were very curious about Slovakia and our culture. Gave me lots of candy and snacks.
Awesome Japanese Retired Couple
Sweetest Japanese retired couple. They actually just passed me at first but then stopped and reversed back towards me. At first, it seemed the man was checking the bus schedule (there was a bus stop at the PA) but he then turned to me and asked me "Woher kommen Sie?"! I was so shocked to hear German from an older Japanese man in the middle of nowhere that I didn't respond at… (read on in Trip)
Couple from Kanazawa
Still in shock, I got into a spacious family van with a middle-aged couple. They didn't speak any English so we communicated using G-translate. The man put on some classical music so it only took moments for me to fall asleep (even though I fought it as hard as I could – classical music just does it for me…). They took me to the very center of Kanazawa and the wife insisted… (read on in Trip)
|20 November 2016|
Kariya → Osaka
Two girlfriends on their way to Osaka. I was with a Japanese hitchhiker, who I'd met at the PA earlier, so communication was much easier. The two were aestheticians. Gave us water and some dried fruit from one of the girl's mother.
|17 November 2016|
Ebina → Kariya
First ride in Japan. Really friendly couple who picked me up at a service area on the "outskirts" of Tokyo. We communicated using Google Translate and I learned the wife was a musician. Not sure what the husband did. It was a relatively short trip but took forever because there was a traffic jam. I do love the Japanese SA/PA system, though.
Small truck with a really friendly guy. Spoke no English so we used Google Translate again. Most of the ride was quiet though. Reached Nagoya by sunset, which was my fault actually (set out too late, was heading for Kyoto) Met a fellow Japanese hitchhiker at the PA.
|16 November 2016|
Charleroi → Etterbeek
Two Romanian diplomats
First CD car I have ever hitched. Two middle aged Romanian women driving from the airport to Brussels. Didn't really talk to me much but conversed in Romanian.
|12 November 2016|
Edinburgh → Manchester
Nice English couple who'd been visiting some family in Scotland and it was their first time there. The husband used to hitchhike.
Nice Polish trucker whose truck was basically dying on Scottish hills. We talked about many things. He was really happy he could take a hitchhiker and told me he takes people regularly. Was going through Leeds, but I decided to go for only about 70 miles because the truck was quite slow and I had no clue how I'd get through the web of highways near Leeds.
Cool Northern Irish Guy
I almost gave up on talking to this very stylish looking guy in his brand new Audi after he didn't respond to me greeting him twice. Turned out to be a relatively seasoned traveler who didn't hesitate when I asked him and used to hitchhike and travel on the cheap himself. We had some really interesting conversations about politics and especially Northern Ireland, which I… (read on in Trip)
Super nice Somali Mancunian
Really kind guy who worked as an engineer and had studied in Manchester, as well. We talked about a lot of things. His family (4 kids) lived in Canada. We hit afternoon Manc traffic so the ride took forever but I really enjoyed it nevertheless.
|14 September 2016|
Uig → Orbost
Nice English couple who sat next to me on the ferry and offered to give me a ride in their RV.
Nice English Lady
Gave me a lift to Orbost and knew the bothy I was gonna hike to.
Scottish Guy with a Slovak Wife
He sold some outdoor merchandise and was really excited he met someone from his wife's homeland. Met her at a stag night in Bratislava.
|10 September 2016|
Orbost → Edinburgh
Nice guy who gave me a lift in his pickup. Retired on Skye.
One of the most unforgettable rides. I talked to him (first car I talked to) at a gas station because I saw a Polish license plate. He drove a small truck and told me he does deliveries around Europe. When there's no job, he travels around in the truck and visits castles. He really loved history and told me he had two degrees. We talked about absolutely everything. Told me how… (read on in Trip)
|10 September 2016|
|Eoropaidh → Tarbert 99km 4||10 September 2016|
|Stornoway → Callanish 83km 4||06 September 2016|
|Auchindrean → Ullapool 18km 1||04 September 2016|
|Ullapool → Garve IV23, UK 20km 1||04 September 2016|
Loch Lurgainn, Ullapool IV26, UK → Ullapool
Guy from Ullapool in a Van
Scottish guy in a commercial van. We only needed to get to the main road after a hike but the guy took us all the way to Ullapool. Gave us some tips on how to avoid midges. Went out of his way to drive us home.
|03 September 2016|