- 37,155 kms
- 20 min
Average distance of hitchhiked trip: 221 kms
- 15 very good experiences
- 515 good experiences
- 3 neutral experiences
- 1 bad experiences
Type of rides:
- 53 rides with a truck
- 323 rides with a car
- 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 :)
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|
Durness → Ullapool
German couple in a rented car. Really nice but took me for only about a mile.
Nice girl from Manchester who worked and lived in Durness. Had a really interesting chat about life and everything. Very easy to talk to.
Guy from Bochum
Nice German guy who stopped after a 1.5h wait. Had a great chat about life and we both found it quite easy to relate to each other. He'd been to Scotland to some conference. Gave me lots of tips about Japan and it was one of the most pleasant rides I've had so far in Scotland. The scenery along the way was astonishing.
|02 September 2016|
Canisbay → Durness
Guy from John O' Groats
After the first indoor night of my trip in a church hall (really nice lady let me in and gave me the key!). I started to hitch right outside the church. A nice guy stopped and took me all the way to Thurso. We talked about a lot of things, such as uni life, Brexit, his son and I regret the ride was so short because the guy was very easy to talk to.
Young guy in a university van on his way to a forest to collect samples of beetles/insects for the university. He was from York and had only moved up to Thurso 2 months ago.
Germany family from Ravensburg in an RV. Got to practice my German after quite some time. Talked about our trips but most of the ride was mostly silent as we watched the scenery in awe.
|01 September 2016|
Perth → Scrabster
Scottish Independence Campaigners
Two Scottish guys who were campaigning for independence. First time I've met some proper Scotsmen – they were quite funny and taught me some Scottish phrases such as "face like a whale scalped arse"… I really enjoyed the ride and received a "Yes2" t-shirt. Their dog laid on my lap so I covered in fur.
Really interesting globetrotter – agricultural engineer originally from Northern Island (although he was English) who had lived in Australia, US, UK, Canada and now settled in Scotland. Had some really interesting conversations about these countries and both our travels. There was a Spanish guy in the pax seat, apparently on a workaway trip, working at the guy's farm, didn't talk at all.
From Fortrose, really went out of their way to get me to a good spot. "I would even take you to Thurso if I had time" (100kms away!)
Nice English lady who became startled when I told her Brexit was a really bad idea. Very subtly, she started to give me reasons why she thought it was a good thing and had a back-and-forth conversation. Talked about a lot of things other than Brexit, too. She worked as a person who helped those who recently became deaf and had lived in Scotland for many years.
Guy from Orkney
Nice guy from Orkney whose English was incomprehensible. Told me he who used to hitchhike himself (which seems to be a very common theme with drivers in the UK) and was on his way back from the mainland to Orkney on the ferry. Took me precisely to the harbor where I tried to get a ride to the Faroe Islands but failed miserably.
Took me to the nearest junction. Didn't talk much.
|28 August 2016|
Manchester → Perth
Friendly girl who took me to a really good gas station. We talked about hitching and my trips. I was really excited about my first UK hitch. Said she picked me up because she felt bad for not picking up a pair of hitchhikers the day before.
Bus repairman from Kendal
Bus repairman on his way from Manchester where he'd bought a moped for his wife. Drove in a homemade RV. Said he hated Manchester because he almost got stabbed once. I don't blame him. Talked a lot about England and Brexit. I was astonished as to the amount of Polish shops in Preston, they even had a (fake) Biedronka!
Elderly English Pair
After an unsuccessful attempt at talking to drivers, I decided to "hitch" on the gas station with a "Scotland" sign. One car parked right in front of me and the occupants kept on staring at me and my unsuccessful attempts. Once they were ready to leave, they told me to come with them and took me to a good gas station. Had a nice chat about our countries and the naming oddities… (read on in Trip)
Scottish couple who I talked to right after a Polish trucker who promised to take me took off in front of me (zkurwysyn!)… They were a little hesitant at first but took me all the way to Scotland. First time anyone's ever replied to me with "aye". Mostly a quiet ride but to a desperate location…
Awesome Scottish Lady
Really saved my ass! My previous ride dropped me off at one of these hellish gas stations that serve multiple (not just one!!!) directions… I did not even try to talk to people seeing full cars. Met a pair from Berlin who called the spot "scheisse" – quite rightly so. So I did something against all my hh instincts – I hitched on a ramp with no shoulder and cars that mostly… (read on in Trip)
|27 August 2016|
Warsaw → Bratislava
Fellow aviation enthusiast
Thought it was gonna be difficult to get out of Warsaw as I was the 2nd hitchhiker on the spot (hitching from behind of course). But I got a rider pretty quickly nevertheless. The guy was very friendly and we talked about many topics but especially about our shared love of flying. Told me about how he plays a WWII simulator and how no one gets it. I did.
Friendly trucker, didn't talk much. Took me exactly where I needed to get.
Awesome old couple going to Vienna
Really sweet, old Polish couple in an expensive Mercedes that had the most luxurious interior possible. Both were 70+ but had smartphones and used them to navigate. Very educated and I really enjoyed their company, as we talked about our cultures and problems. Quite like-minded and knowledgeable about current affairs. Offered to pay for my lunch, which hasn't happened since I… (read on in Trip)
Slovak IT Guy
Talked to him because I saw a Slovak license plate. A little shy/nervous, but eventually we had a nice chat. Initially said that he was going through Bratislava but later told me that he'd exit the highway earlier to avoid Friday traffic in Bratislava. Dropped me off at a good gas station, so I didn't really mind. His dog barked at me at first, but later didn't me at all. Also barked at trucks.
Another neat Slovak guy
Seemed a little unusual and didn't really talk at first. I was already settling for a quiet ride, when he eventually started to talk and told me he used to live in Australia. Really knowledgeable/educated (talked about Brexit, Russia, Slovak politics, etc.) and I really regret I wasn't able to ride with him further.
|12 August 2016|
Grudki → Warsaw
A pretty deserted road that lead to a pedestrian border crossing. Expected to walk all the way to the nearest village, but a friendly couple took me there – the first car that went by. They were on a "reconnaissance mission" to check out the border crossing (very popular among hikers, since there's no need for a Belorussian visa if one crosses there).
Three Girls from Warsaw
Pretty much the first car that went by. Three students who listened to me with their mouths open when I told them about my travels around Belarus.
Strange guy who kept on talking at all times. Commented on absolutely everything. Used to live in Belgium for a long time and was on his way to a dentist. Quite friendly, nevertheless.
Interesting Guy from Hajnowka
Worked in a factory, but seemed really educated (although he had no degree). We talked about a lot of things, especially wages and living in the countryside. One of not many Poles who I could talk to openly about Poland. Took everything with a sense of humor and drove me pretty much home in Warsaw. Was on his way to pick up his daughter and wife from the airport there.
|11 August 2016|
Grodno → Brest
Belorussian Budapest Circus worker
Strangest ride ever (in terms of routing). The guy worked in Budapest in a Circus and could theoretically take me all the way to Bratislava if I wanted to (I had other plans). Hitched him in the most desperate location in all of Belarus and really saved my ass. He was driving to lesser-known border crossing to Poland to avoid a long wait. Drove along the border and had to go… (read on in Trip)
Older guy in a Lada
Smelled of gas fumes, how the guy didn't get CO poisoning, I'll never know.
Friendly trucker who took me to Brest. Had been to Slovakia 3 days prior.
Nicest Retired Couple
Really nice older couple, even apologized for their dirty car. They were on their way home from a mushroom-gathering trip. Said they sell them to get some money as their pensions were low. Super kind and gave me Belorussian candy.
|10 August 2016|