When I was 19, my older brother took me to a HospitalityClub gathering in Berlin.
Travellers from all around the world came to this place for a weekend to meet
each other and to have a good time.
That is where I have met many travellers from all around the world telling me how
eventful and adventurous their travels by hitchhiking actually were.
Being green behind my ears with travel experience, but eager to learn more, I decided
to give it a try. I have taken the train to Amsterdam over the weekend and hitchhiked
my way back to Berlin on Sunday. It was such a great experience that I have decided
to make a longer trip, this time to Paris and I have made it amazingly well and fast.
It felt like I found the key that opened the door to the whole world for me.
Travelling from A to B was no more a problem. I could go wherever I wanted to
go and I didn't even have to pay a dime for it. I took a liking into meeting all
these people that I would have never met otherwise and hitchhiking became not just a way of
getting from A to B, it became a passion.
Since then, I have made many trips by hitchhiking. I even participated in hitchhiking races
like the 60 hour race which was organized by the guys from https://tramprennen.org/:
Hitchhike as fast as possible, as far as possible, and come back within 60 hours.
An ambitious project but also quite stressful since being on the road for 60 hours takes a toll on you.
In 2011 I have completed one of my travel goals in life and hitchhiked to the South of Iran.
I made it all the way to Shiraz without taking a single bus or train.
I have met so many people coming from so many backgrounds, working in so many different areas of life.
For example I have met:
- the person who built the new wall around the nuclear power plant in tschernobyl which exploded in 1986
- a person who builds the Airbus A380 in France
- a special forces officer in Australia who just came from Afghanistan
Nowadays I don't hitchhike anymore, I've grown much more comfortable since I turned 30 and I now ride
my own campervan, trying to pick up hitchhikers rather than hitchhike myself.
But having had this passion for hitchhikers for so long, I still would like to support this community.
Hitchhiking gives you a chance to meet people you would never meet otherwise and I wanted a way
to write these experiences down. A way to document it, generate statistics
about hitchhiking and to share it with the world.
This is why I have started this blog, the Hitchlog.