- 36,990 kms
- 20 min
Average distance of hitchhiked trip: 221 kms
- 15 very good experiences
- 509 good experiences
- 3 neutral experiences
- 1 bad experiences
Type of rides:
- 323 rides with a car
- 53 rides with a truck
- 8 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 :)
Bratislava → Warsaw
Three college students on their way to Warsaw. Wasn't clear why they were driving in a van with a Krakow license plate (they all studied in Warsaw). Didn't talk much.
Warsaw Girl now living in Prague
After unsuccessfully asking truckers (most were still sleeping), I went for the gas station parking lot and pretty much the second car I asked said yes. It was a woman from Warsaw, who'd now lived in Prague and her Czech was so good I'd hardly ever guess she was Polish. Drove me to a gas station right after Olomouc and was going to Warsaw the next day!
Interesting Guy from Brno
Started hitching on the road which led to the highway ramp – not an ideal spot, cars were going to three different direction and most were probably local traffic. Given it was a Saturday morning, I decided to walk towards the ramp (about 1km), but the ramp was even more deserted. I figured "fuck it" and went straight for the highway. Luckily there was a huge shoulder there… (read on in Trip)
Super kind Polish trucker. Initially agreed to take me to the Polish gas station right after the border, but eventually took me all the way to Siewierz (which is the direct road to Warsaw). Talked about Poland and Slovakia and how he was looking forward to retire. Had driven all over Europe, from Russia to the UK, incl. Turkey, etc. Very clean truck. Actually got off the… (read on in Trip)
Insane Guy From Gdansk
Don't know what it is about people from Gdansk, but they all seem to be insanely kind and open. This guy was in a Mercedes mom-van with Austrian license plates. Drifted off the road to stop for me and got honked at pretty aggressively (which was partially my fault as it was a dumb spot). Anyway, he'd lived in Vienna for almost 17 years (used to live in Moscow and Germany… (read on in Trip)
|17 June 2017|
Martin → Bratislava
Entrepreneur from Zilina
Nice middle-aged guy in a fairly fancy ride (can't remember what brand it was). Talked about his software business and the EU/migrants. Short ride to Zilina.
Hitched a BlaBlaCar
Super short wait and an older Skoda pulls over. Inside a student from Liptovsky Mikulas and his Blablacar passenger, an older guy from Orava. They were going to Brno. Had a great conversation about everything and they were quite interested in my hh' stories from the US.
Pretty empty gas station near Trencin. Asked around (incl. some Polish people who could've taken but wouldn't…), then hitched and after it got even more deserted decided to ask truckers. Had a conversation with a really pessimistic guy while asking – he thought everything was a danger and the world was out to get him. Was nice though, as he would've taken me if he was going… (read on in Trip)
Couple from Prievidza
Really nice couple from Prievidza on their way to see a pregnant friend in Austria. Asked the girl while she was alone in the car and she said they might take me if her boyfriend was ok with it. When the guy got in some deliberation took place and he eventually gestured to hop in. Talked about travels and Japan, but especially about how they liked Munich.
|16 June 2017|
Bratislava → Martin
Racist Guy Off Work
Picked me up at the famous Zlate Piesky gas station and was only going to Senec. I agreed even though I wasn't sure there was a gas station in between (which was a mistake as he did mention a gas station, although it was off the highway…) Anyway, once I mentioned I studied in the UK, he replied he wouldn't have gone there as it was 'full of fucking niggers"… Glad it was such a short ride….
Nice Gypsy Guy Commuting Home
Most ironic ride of all time. Waited the least of all rides (5min) on this trip even though the spot was extremely bad – US-style highway ramp with no shoulder (although it was fairly wide). The guy was a gypsy(take that racist guy!) from the East (I had a hard time understanding his dialect, even though I'm fairly familiar with eastern dialects) on his way home to his family… (read on in Trip)
Another Entrepreneur with his Dad
Two guys in a neat (and probably brand new) Land Rover going to Ilava. Really wanted to talk to me about the UK (and especially about the election and Brexit) but the guy had to deal with a supplier on the phone who wouldn't sell him tools on an invoice (ie. on credit) and got quite angry. Could've been a nice conversation.
Young Guy from Zilina
On his way to Zilina. Talked about the Warsaw, UK, Brexit and how phone companies are screwing Slovakia.
A typical "vychodniar" – ie. a person from the East. I held a sign saying "MT" for Martin, my final destination. He actually passed by me and turned around to come back for me because he thought I had a sign for "MI" which is Michalovce a town waaaay East (about 300 km). He wanted to help out a fellow "vychodniar"(which I am ¼) and have some company all the way home, so he… (read on in Trip)
|13 June 2017|
London → Manchester
Irish Taxi Driver
Worked as a "private hire" driver and was on his way from Heathrow to Luton, which was perfect for me. Used to hitch himself. A 5-minute wait was so refreshing after the US…
Worked as a janitor and hitched himself. Was going to Birmingham.
Hungarian Truck Driver
After about 30 minutes of going around asking drivers at Corley Services, I decided to ask truckers. Saw a Hungarian license plate and tried "jo napot kivanok". The guy was going to Liverpool so he drove me very close to Manchester and I got off at Knutsford services. After two long, mostly sleepless days and a 6-hour flight, I slept through most of the ride. Didn't talk much… (read on in Trip)
Guy from Devon
Asked around at Knutsford and this guy was going to Manchester via Princess Rd. Was going to a concert (some folk singer I've never heard of).
|24 April 2017|
Chattanooga → Knoxville
Two kind friends on their way to work. Had an interesting chat about life, one of them had become pregnant at 14 years old. Gave me about $30 because I reminded her of her son… Great start for Tennessee after failing in Atlanta.
Carpenter in a Pickup Truck
Another super-short wait in Tennessee. The guy was really nice and was self-employed as a carpenter. He wasn't able to go to college because he was dyslexic. Stopped at McDonalds and bought breakfast for both of us. Supported Trump and believed Obama was set on destroying America. Eventually decided to go a bit further to get me to a good spot and stopped at a gas station,… (read on in Trip)
Hitching in a Thunderstorm...
With a thunderstorm slowly approaching, I tried to hitch at an Interstate on-ramp. After about an hour, it started pouring down and I could hear thunder fairly nearby so I sought shelter at a nearby gas station. I wasn't allowed to hitch there due to "company policy", so I grabbed a burger and moved on to the competition next door and started asking around without permission…. (read on in Trip)
The Silent Couple
Fairly long wait in the Tennessee sun. I eventually made a sign saying "Euro Student on Budget" to make sure people didn't mistake me for a junkie/homeless person. Had a local cop pull over to check my ID, which took about 20 minutes while he stared at my UK driver's license and my Slovak passport, constantly radioing to god-knows-where. After that, some Asian family stopped… (read on in Trip)
|17 April 2017|
Atlanta → Marietta
Longest wait and no ride in the end...
Tried various I-75 on-ramps. A cumulative wait time for 3 different spots. First was 3 hrs without any success, although 2 cars stopped (both going in the wrong direction). The second spot attracted an uber driver from Haiti after approx. 20 min., who took me for free to the next exit (about 3 miles, still deep suburbia). The third spot was completely hopeless and I gave up… (read on in Trip)
|16 April 2017|
Lake Park → Atlanta
The Jobless, Homeless Floridian
Picked me up at a Georgia Welcome Center where I'd spend the night. I tried to hitch him(was thumbing, didn't feel like provoking the attendants who could kick me out of a great spot). He stopped, but got out to smoke, so I kept on hitching. Asked where I was going and when I said Atlanta, he said he could take me there, which saved me a lot of hitching that day. About three… (read on in Trip)
|13 April 2017|
Tampa → Lake Park
Nice Black guy who took me from a very decent onramp in Tampa. Was quite friendly and we had a chat about life and his business (which he ran with his wife, he hauled cars, she took care of the paperwork). Got me to a very good rest area(not too many of those on the Interstates!). Told me about he drives a "raggedy" truck, while his wife drives a Mercedes-Benz, which I found very amusing.
White middle-class guy in a rental – haven't had any rides from a person like that in the South (neither before nor after). Was a pilot and lived in Oregon. Supported Trump and we had a very interesting conversation about healthcare and social systems. Very libertarian. A court decision regarding the custody of his kids mandated that he refrain from picking up hitch-hikers,… (read on in Trip)
Good rest area in Florida. I went around asking people like I was used to from Europe but aware it might be different in the US. Saw the attendant looking at me and making phone calls. As I didn't want to be kicked out by state troopers from such a good area, I went up to him to ask for permission. It turned out he was actually calling a friend, but did ask me to stop asking… (read on in Trip)
|12 April 2017|
Orlando → Tampa
Venezuelan Truck Driver
Wanted to hitch at the airport, but got kicked out by airport police. But they were nice and gave me a ride back to the bus terminal. Took a bus to the nearest onramp and hitched a truck with a Venezuelan guy. He spoke very little English, but I managed to use the few Spanish words I knew and we communicated at a decent level. Showed each other pictures of our families and… (read on in Trip)
Good Ride from a Terrible Spot
The onramp was fairly busy, but about 30 minutes into my wait a state tropper first honked his horn and flashed his lights at me from afar (which I had no clue was for me) and then pulled over and told me to get the hell away from the on-ramp. I complied as he was right under Florida law and asked if it was okay to hitch on the road leading to the ramp, which he didn't mind…. (read on in Trip)
Free Lyft Ride!
I decided to call it a day and use some Lyft credit that a friend gave me to get me to the nearest bus stop to town. The driver asked if I was going Downtown and that he could take me there, but I declined. He said he waa going there anyway and that he'd only charge me the minimum fare (which was covered by the free credit) and take me Downtown for free. Turns out he himself… (read on in Trip)
|10 April 2017|
Montpelier → Plattsburgh
Seemed somewhat odd, I suspect she might've been high – her car smelled of weed. It was a short ride after a long wait, so I went for it anyway…
Picked me up because he wanted to do a good deed. His window was broken due to a hit-n-run. His car was filled with cigarette smoke, but the guy was really nice and got me to a perfect spot.
An elderly couple on their way to a hike.
Cool guy in a rental. Worked in a windturbine company and had traveled extensively. His company was just about to send him to Thailand. He was meant to fly out of Burlington after a fight with his gf, but decided to head back to smooth things over.
Two friends on their way to Burlington. Fairly young and the driver said he picked me up because his roomate used to h'hike to college. Neat ride, got me to a fairly good on ramp.
|09 April 2017|
Burlington → Montpelier
Nice guy, drove a pickup truck. Had been to Europe and felt unsafe in Prague at night.
|06 April 2017|
70 Major Deegan Expy, Bronx, NY 10471, USA → Sainte-Catherine
Young Guy from Ravena
Nice guy, worked as a cook at a family owned restaurant, which they founded back in 1903 apparently! Was on his way from his girlfriend and took me from the Taconic to the I87, which was great because I could avoid Albany that way. We had a great conversation about our lives.
Short Ride from a Desperate Truckstop
I misunderstood which rest area the previous guy intended to drop me off, so I ended up at a pretty abandoned truckstop.(it was a Sunday) The good thing was the rest area on the I87 was only about 2 km away so I walked and hitched along the way and this guy gave me a ride.
Lady from Vermont
Nice lady from Vermont, pretty easy hitch. Spent about an hour at a rest area asking a lot of people. Lots of Quebecois with full cars and not exactly welcoming attitudes… So I eventually asked this lady without much anticipation as she was driving alone. To my surprise she was happy to take me a good distance past Albany towards Central Vermont. She'd just been to some… (read on in Trip)
Accountant from NY
First hitch in the U.S. of A. Nice lady who didn't hesitate when I asked her for a ride at the gas station. She had Czechoslovak heritage, as her grandfather apparently came from Prague. Was on her way to check out a house in Upstate New York and could've driven me all the way to Woodstock if I had time to wait while she checked out the house, which I didn't.
Waited very little for this ride. He used to hitchhike himself and was a retired teacher. Had been to an int'l school in Lebanon. Fairly short ride.
Canadian Border Guard Gives Me a Ride!
After a fairly easy border crossing into Canada, I was allowed to hitch right there. I did about 30 minutes but the crossing was completely dead, except for like 3 full cars which didnt stop… So I decided to walk towards a bigger crossing on the Interstate which I didn't use in the first place because you can't just walk over on the Interstate. It would've been a 6km hike in… (read on in Trip)
Canadian-American Couple from Platssburgh
Really nice couple on their way from a shopping trip. They both grew up in Quebec as English-speaking Quebeckers. Gave me an great ride all the way to Plattsburgh, which is only about 20mi away from the border. Talked about Quebec a lot.
Guy in a Truck
Slightly shady guy, gave me about a 2 mi ride towards the border. Turned out to be relatively nice.
Nice Guy from Rouses Point
Also looked a little shady (his car was definition of a messy car), but turned out to be super nice. Worked as a rental agent. Talked about Europe, healthcare and education systems. Liked the UK because of it's healthcare and education, but not its gun laws. Drove me all the way to the border on the US side, so all I had to do was walk about 10 meters and I was in Canada.
|01 April 2017|
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|