- 37,876 kms
- 20 min
Average distance of hitchhiked trip: 220 kms
- 15 very good experiences
- 524 good experiences
- 3 neutral experiences
- 1 bad experiences
Type of rides:
- 54 caronas with a truck
- 329 caronas with a car
- 8 caronas with a bus
- 2 caronas with a motorcycle
I'm a Slovak hitchhiker from Bratislava. Happy to host you if you ever end up in my neck of the woods :)
Andifli, 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey → Kaş
Guy Thought I Had the Wrong Intentions
Another motorcycle! Nice ride through the Kas peninsula to the town's center. At the end, I thanked the guy and asked for his name. As soon as he heard that he was like "Ooooh, no no no, you have the wrong idea…" I smiled and said "Ok, nevermind. Anyway, you will have sevap (Islamic good deed during Ramadhan) for this ride". As soon as he heard the word "sevap" and realized… (read on in Trip)
|aproximadamente 2 meses atrás|
Esenköy → Kaş
Finally a motorcycle ride! Turkey never disappoints.
Bunch of dudes
Bunch of odd looking dudes. The driver owned a restaurant and was driving there from Fethiye.
Two Czechs, one of them from Brno! Arrived (and departed) on the same flight from Bratislava. They were looking for a house to buy. Cool dudes with lots of travel to weird places. Noticed my CeskosLOVEnsko shirt.
|aproximadamente 2 meses atrás|
|Agarak → Yerevan 379km 2||6 meses atrás|
|Brno → Katowice 241km 3||29 February 2020|
|Černý Most, 198 00 Prague 14, Czechia → Pec pod Sněžkou 164km 6||21 December 2019|
Martin → Brno
The Martin Guy
Slightly racist old school guy from Martin. Was going to Germany to work in construction. We had a fairly interesting conversation about life and my travels. He recently had a brain tumor removed. Last border crossing on my trip.
|06 October 2019|
Michalovce → Martin
Guy in a Swiss car
Nice Slovak guy in a car with a Swiss license place. We had a really interesting conversation about his life in Switzerland. He was on his way back to Switzerland after dropping off his kids at the grandparents' in Eastern Slovakia. He was actually driving via Martin, but had to visit some friends in Presov, so dropped me off there. Neat guy.
Car delivery guy
Older retired guy, who delivered various cars for a car salon as a side job. Had an interesting conversation about his life – he'd worked most of it at a farm (kolkhoz). Drove me to Levoca.
It was a somewhat shady family in a nice new Audi. There was an odd (somewhat gangstery looking) middle aged guy, a guy approximately my age and a little boy. I asked the driver (my age) for a lift expecting a straight "no", but the guy said yes without hesitating. It turned out they were returning back home (Zilina) from Eastern Slovakia, where they'd bought a puppy. Talked a… (read on in Trip)
|05 October 2019|
Ruská → Palín
Local guy who offered me a ride without me even hitching. Had a fairly thick accent and went out of his way to get me to a good spot. His mother was from my favorite village, ie. Szelmenc.
|04 October 2019|
Uzhhorod → Mali Selmentsi
Nice guy, his car had Slovak radio turned on!!! I really felt that I was home at that moment, even before I crossed border. Used to work in CZ and now lived in Chop with his wife.
Nice local Hungarian guy going to the border. Commended me on my pronunciation of "Jo napot kivanok".
|04 October 2019|
Kolomyya → Tyachiv
Quiet guy going to the perfect location
After a fairly long wait (for Western Ukraine), we managed to hitch a guy going just to the fork we needed, passing a lot of low traffic and confusing places. Didn't talk at all.
Hitching on a bridge
As in all post-Soviet countries, hitching on a bridge (no matter how insignificant) is for some reason considered a terrible crime. This time, some women told us off a couple of time saying no one will pull over. Just as they gave up, someone pulled over :D Took us a good distance along the Ukrainian-Romanian border. Showed us some ridiculously large houses built by… (read on in Trip)
Opting for the marshrutka
As it was getting a bit late (we'd waited more then expected along this route), we decided to call it a day in Tyachiv (one of 4 county towns in this former Czechoslovak province btw) and opted for a marshrutka all the way to Uzhhorod.
|01 October 2019|
Chisinau → Kolomyya
Coffee machine repair guy
Buys us coffee and we talk a bit.
Nice lady who took us to the border at a fairly dead road. One of two female drivers on this entire trip.
Marshrutka takes us for free
Guy from Marshrutka yells at us to get in at the border. I explain we’re hitching, but he says no problem :)
|30 September 2019|
Bender → Chisinau
Really cool guy from Chisinau. Used to hitchhike himself a lot and spent virtually every summer with his wife in Turkey. Had a lot of really cool stories and told us a lot about Moldova. Also took us to a great wine shop and bought us 3 bottles! Drove us through the town to our exact destination. Great guy!
|28 September 2019|
Odesa → Tiraspol
Racer X, Ukrainian version
Drove fairly fast and furious on a wet road. Not the safest ride. Took us right to the border crossing.
Really nice guy who saw us at the crossing and pulled over faster than I could extend my thumb. He was a doctor and told us about how no one in Transnistria actually pays taxes. Wanted to immigrate to the US, which I tried to persuade him not to do. Spoke somewhat decent English. Also told us that the local militsya has only recently been hiring women. Drove us exactly to our… (read on in Trip)
|27 September 2019|
Kryvyi Rih → Odesa
Guys in a delivery van who finally picked me up after a pretty the longest wait on this trip. I actually took a marshrutka to a different spot along the way to get to this on. Wait is cumulative for both spots.
Really tough trucker who used to be a soldier. Told me many stories, especially about he was a UN peacekeeper on the Israeli-Lebanon border. Drove via fields rather than roads again.
Sales Rep for Coke
Cool guy who worked for CocaCola. We talked a lot about our lives and traveling. He talked especially about how employment in Ukraine was extremely underpaid. Finally a proper shitty Ukrainian road experience, as we drove through the fields rather than on the pavement. Saw a guy destroy a small tree (and his hood) while trying to overtake an old driver.
Cargo shipping agent
Really neat guy from Odessa, who was returning home from some exam in Kherson. There was a lot of people trying to get a poputka (post soviet paid hh), but most took a marshrutka once it turned up. He used a lot of English words, but preferred to talk in Russian. Talked a lot about traveling and his newborn. Bought me coffee at a very futuristic Socar gas station.
|25 September 2019|
Dnipro → Kryvyi Rih
Long wait, short ride
Another long wait getting out a city in Ukraine… The western I got, the longer the times… This guy picked me up because I reminded him of some friend, so he actually turned around.
Cop Blocker without a Plate
Guy in a ridiculously low suspension on his BMW, which had no license plate. Low suspension is cool, but not on Ukrainian roads. Had to stop multiple times to check if he hadn't destroyed his car. Worked in some MLM scheme, which he referred to as life insurance, however, he seemed to suggest that the way it worked was you'd pay in and then get a payout at the end with some… (read on in Trip)
|24 September 2019|
Kharkiv → Dnipro
Finally in a somewhat reasonable spot and after a long wait, I hitch a van which is not obviously a marshrutka, once I approach it becomes obvious and I tell the driver that I'm hitching. He sighs and says "get in". Direct ride to Dnipro.
After a pretty long wait, I finally hitched a father with his little daughter, however, they were going in the wrong direction. I still asked for a short lift to what I though might me be a better spot. They were from Debalceve, which is right on the front line. Told me a lot of people from there resettled in Kharkov. It quite sobering to talk to someone who had lived in a war zone.
|23 September 2019|
|Voronezh → Kharkiv 327km 7||20 September 2019|
Saratov → Voronezh
Nice Lezgin guy who was born in Azerbaijan. He seemed a little too nice, so I became a bit suspicious. He topped it with "Are you gay?" when I told him I had no girlfriend, so I thought "Ok, here we go" and said "No." He actually surprised me and said "Good, there's a lot of them in the West". I told him I thought it was the same everywhere, regardless of the place, but in… (read on in Trip)
The Almaty Russians
An ethnically Russian family moving to Voronezh, having taken advantage of Putin's resettlement program for ethnic Russians. They got a grant for which they bought an apartment and left their old life in Almaty behind. Had a very long conversation with the dad (I sat with him in their van with their dog, while his wife and son drove their second car) about everything, but… (read on in Trip)
|18 September 2019|
|Uralsk → Saratov 438km 7||16 September 2019|
Aksay → Uralsk
Really nice trucker from Atyrau. Picked me up at a restaurant/truckstop as he saw me hitching. Wanted to pay for a melon I bought on the way, but I didn't let him.
Nice old lady (the only female driver on this entire trip so far, ie. in almost 10k km) who spoke such clear and slow Russian that I understood almost every word. As a geography teacher, she actually knew the difference between Slovakia and Slovenia! She was going home from a dacha and we had a really nice conversation about Kazakhstan and fruit. Although she was ethnically… (read on in Trip)
|15 September 2019|