Hitchhiking is a form of travel that has been around for as long as there have been vehicles to ride. Originating in America and eventually spreading to Europe and the world: it can be used for journeys big or small, from a quick ride to the shop, to a multi-leg expedition across the entirety of continents. I have passed through a number of European countries, parts of South East Asia, China and Japan and shared stories with friends within the community who have hitched all over the world. Drawing from these experiences, I have compiled this ultimate guide to hitchhiking to hopefully continue growing this awesome way of travel.
Now, before I dive in to what I suppose could be described as quite a controversial topic, let me make my position clear. I am bringing to light a cultural observation I have made during my time in The Philippines. I am not debating the rights and wrongs. I am questioning the underlying social factors that can make something so unforgivably terrible in one part of the world, yet so normal and accepted in another. I am commenting the way an unbiased journalist reports the news, the way an animal videographer is there to capture the true savageness of mother nature without intervening.
Over the last year or so, a number of friends and family have mentioned that I should write a blog. That, coupled with the questions I get asked on a bi-weekly basis by different people wondering how I am managing to survive and what it is that I actually do; has made me decide to shed some light on my situation.
For some reason when I picture a travel blogger I imagine a gap yah-ing, daisy chain wearing hipster riddled in wanderlust claiming to have ‘done‘ various countries. This is an image I will try to avoid and to do that I think I need to know what my message is.