Hitchiking

What does SighSee think of hitchhiking?

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  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    SMASH
    SMASH
    SMAAASH

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      My grandfather had an elderly next door neighbor buddy who used to pick up hitchhikers in Florida and take them to church, the store, wherever. A dude pulled out a knife and stabbed the old man like 60 times to rob him of $5.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Post the news story or it's fake.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          It happened in the early 90's in Dade City Florida. You're welcome to look for a link.

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    American car-camping anon here who used to pick up every hitchhiker he sees.
    I've found the majority of hitchhikers in America to be poorly socialized. Like "come on dude, I'm giving you a free ride, the least you can do is engage in conversation." But they'd rather take a nap, or give one-word responses if awake.
    They also tend to be dirty AF, and often stash their garbage in cupholders and pockets even when there is a trash bag available. They are always impatient to get where they are going, like I am their personal shuttle driver or something. Unpaid of course - they rarely offer to contribute gas money, though they usually have money to buy drinks and snacks at convenience stores. If they do offer gas money, I thank them and decline the offer.
    Kai-style ragers sometimes hitchhike. I had one oldgay flip out because I missed his exit. I told him to chill the frick out...he did. After I dropped him off, he felt like informing me that he once served prison time for murder. I gave him a can of chili.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      wasnt expecting such a kekful ending

      ty now please shut the frick up

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Do you legit have BPD?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >After I dropped him off, he felt like informing me that he once served prison time for murder.
      This is literally the opening scene from grapes of wrath movie

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Hitchiking is alright but after doing it for so long I'm really just tired of talking to unintersting people, the complusion to make small talk only goes so far if you just don't click with the person at all. I've hitchiked just because I was broke, and in the times where I have had cash I've met drivers who are just as stingy about money as the hikers are, if not more, and if taken it as a good rule of thumb not to divulge my cash to a person I don't know.
      It was generally a good time though, I've probably gotten close to if not over 100 rides here in the states and only a few of them have been truly terrible, most people don't care about money because they think they're doing you a service or some shit, but there are a lot of people who pick up hikers that are really down to earth and have had a lot of experiences you can really trade back and fourth with for hours.
      I've probably been the wird hitchiker once or twice myself, and I can say that after days out walking somewhere you really just don't know how tired you are until you get into the car; to anyone who has seen me on those days you have my apologies lol.
      I will say the dirtykids and all the heroin addicted train hoppers can really frick up the vibe sometimes, but so many of them have OD'd it's hardly a problem anymore.
      I personally am going to start using the trails from now on, better way to see the country and meet cool people without constantly like a bum.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >hitchhikers are low quality people
      Wow. I cannot believe this.

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    as someone who hitched all over the world including turkmenistan, iran, china etc. it's pretty dead in western countries due to psychopaths on both ends. in ex soviet countries it's still going strong and a great way to meet locals and get around, although in most poor countries people do expect payment from you. in east asia hitchhiking is such an alien concept that nobody fears you and you will get more pickups as in the west.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      can relate, hitchhiking in japan was super easy as a solo white guy. there was almost no mutual intelligibility but it was fun. one guy took me well out of his way, a 2 and a half hour ride, just because he was bored I think
      would love to try it in ex USSR. how does it compare to europe, south america, etc? .

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also you’re the weird white guy in Asia so they’re curious about you.

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hitchhikers are a thing of high trust societies.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I only ever bother if I can't reach the place by other means. The way I see it, it's either paying with hours of your time wasted standing at the roadside in rich countries or you're paying more than the bus costs anyway in poorgay third world places.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      hitchhiking is not about minmaxxing money unless you're literally homeless. it's about the experience and meeting locals

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >minmaxxing
        you mean minimizing you fricking degenerate zoomer. Go standmaxx at a funeral mass

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          you're minimizing the costs but maximizing the experience

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Minmaxing isn't even some obscure or generational phrase you anal freak.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          hitchhiking is not about minmaxxing money unless you're literally homeless. it's about the experience and meeting locals

          Minmaxxing money is the proper term. It means getting as much as you can for the less amount.
          Hitchhiking gives you a ride for 0$ which is perfect minmaxxing.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        There are many better ways to meet people. Most hitchhikers are simply trying to travel along routes with no public transport. Maybe in Europe it is more common for people to hitchhike for fun. In America, I'd be suspicious of anyone claiming to hitchhike for fun. Exactly what kind of "fun" are they looking for in a stranger's car?

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          There's a good reason why you shouldn't trust a hitchhiker in the US. In California, the minimum wage is $15 an hour. You can go on Craigslist any day of the week and buy a working car for $1000 and get it registered and inspected for $100. That's 2 weeks of work to own a car. So when you meet someone who doesn't own a car, that person lives a pretty fricking poor and desperate life. We're taking drugs addicts, ex cons, sex offenders and people with psychiatric problems. If you're poor, crazy, addicted and desperate enough, you can't be trusted.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            You're forgetting the fact that most, if not all, 1000 dollar cars are already loaded with issues and problems that otherwise need to be resolved. It's not 2013 anymore where you can buy a running and driving shitbox for less than a 40 hour paycheck, those days are over

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              You're forgetting the fact that almost everyone has some kind of social support network (friends, relatives) to help them with things like getting a car or rides unless they're one of those things

              There's a good reason why you shouldn't trust a hitchhiker in the US. In California, the minimum wage is $15 an hour. You can go on Craigslist any day of the week and buy a working car for $1000 and get it registered and inspected for $100. That's 2 weeks of work to own a car. So when you meet someone who doesn't own a car, that person lives a pretty fricking poor and desperate life. We're taking drugs addicts, ex cons, sex offenders and people with psychiatric problems. If you're poor, crazy, addicted and desperate enough, you can't be trusted.

              mentioned.
              >drug addicts, ex cons, sex offenders and people with psychiatric problems.
              In the US, yes it is generally unwise to trust the crazy, the addicted, the homeless and the just desperately poor.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Exactly.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >There's a good reason why you shouldn't trust a hitchhiker in the US.
            My liberal buddy pick up a black couple in their 40s in Iowa at a gas station. They said they wanted to go from Ames (the college town) to Boone, Iowa, which was a 18 mile ride. He was of course car jacked and kicked out of his car at gun point half way there. I laughed and never spoke to him again.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >>that person lives a pretty fricking poor and desperate life. We're taking drugs addicts, ex cons, sex offenders and people with psychiatric problems
            Not true anymore, most zoomers don't have licenses or own cars

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              I'm not into hanging out with zoomers. They also all fall under the mentally ill and addict categories.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Wrong, zoomers are actually doing less drugs than previous generations other than weed, most serious addicts are old people. They are more mentally ill because they're more likely to be overdiagnosed and overmedicated

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >doing less drugs
                >other than drugs like weed
                lmao

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Zoomers have too much "anxiety" to place a call to a mom and pop pizza restaurant and order a delivery. You think they're getting in a strangers car? Not unless it's summoned from an app and the driver doesn't talk to them.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >minmaxxing
        you mean minimizing you fricking degenerate zoomer. Go standmaxx at a funeral mass

        you're minimizing the costs but maximizing the experience

        Minmaxxing is a term originally from tabletop RPGs that means optimizing your stats and attributes to maximize your chances of winning.
        The term has since been picked up by the CRPG community and SighSee in general, you don't want to do this however since it sucks all the enjoyment out of whatever it is you're doing and the people Who minmaxx are almost invariably humorless dorks.
        Minmaxxing hitchhiking would mean extensively planning and being as cheap as possible, you'll come across as a stingy cheapskate and probably won't even enjoy the experience.

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Not so far removed from begging in my opinion

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Only tried it once when I broke out of kid jail. I was not picked up until the school came and found me and took me back to be punished. 1/10

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I want to run hobos over with my truck, not give them rides.

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wouldn't get anything out of it. I have plenty of money so it wouldn't be needed out of necessity, and I'm an asocial schizoid so the company would just be a bother.

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm going to be driving across New Zealand solo next month. I heard hitchhiking is big there.

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    ive hitchhiked all over the us and canada, western eastern europe and the uk. its one of my favorite ways to travel and the only reason i dont anymore is that im really tired all the time. after i got a car i started picking up hitchhikers and it was still really cool. taught me a lot about socializing and people. amazing experience.

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've hitchhiked in and around:
    >Colombia
    >Iceland (Ring Road)
    >Europe (London to Istanbul)
    >India
    >Pakistan
    >Turkey
    >Iraq (Kurdistan)

    Great way to meet people, especially in developing countries. Hitchwiki was a fantastic resource when I was still into hitchhiking, but not sure if it's still maintained to the same quality.

  13. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    fine if you are poor lol. too bad all the money you save by doing it doesn't go towards soap.

  14. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    bumping, let's get some real travelers in here!

  15. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I hitch hiked across Indonesia recently. Don't be a c**t. Give some gas money each trip.

  16. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I always return the thumbs up to these hippies

  17. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Used to do it in my 20s, but stopped because I felt bad for the drivers. I suck at conversation, tired and sleep, don't know the language. It's awkward all around. Next to that the driver often feels like he has to go out of his way a little for you, I don't like this.
    Still, have some nice memories hitching from Belgium to the end of a valley in the alps in 26hours.

  18. 3 months ago
    Anonymous
  19. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone ever pick up female hitchhikers or been picked up by a female driver?

  20. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I picked up a hitchhiking couple recently and they were super nice. I even gave them some of my homemade cake.

  21. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Saving this real traveler thread from the brink, you're welcome everyone

  22. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I usually do it when it's easier than taking public transportations, in some cases it let me go in places I wouldn't be able without help.
    I only do it when with my gf now because it cuts the waiting time by 90%.

    >Ireland
    Kinda easy, people are friendly and always surprised to see tourists in their shithole. Average waiting time 5 minutes.
    >Slovakia
    Very hard, many people stopped to tell us they couldn't take us but the ones who clearly could pretended to not notice us.
    >Switzerland
    Extremely easy, it's very rare there now, so you're like an attraction. Never waited more than a few cars.

    I've never had meaningful mindblowing interactions but we're very curious so always a way to get some infos, random local gossip and ask them about their own traveling experience, people try to show they're cool too and have some adventure of their own to tell.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Switz/Ireland was with gf or solo? I'm thinking of hitching in both on a euro trip next summer

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think you are less likely to have cool experiences in Europe because it is so common. When I hitchhiked in the US people would just randomly give me money and buy me food, was invited back to peoples homes, stayed on a reservation with a native american family. I come away with so many cool stories, whereas in Europe it is comparatively far more boring but far easier. In my mind the US (From my experiences) and Iran (From what i've heard) are the best places to hitchhike for cool experiences

  23. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've hitchhiked from DC to LA when I turned 21 and it was easily the best experience of my life especially being born and raised in London and having seen very little outdoors in my life, camping in the desert, mountains and forests, meeting lots of cool random people, being invited back to peoples homes. Was wonderful.

    Since then I have hitchhiked across Europe and Mexico and this summer I hitchhiked across France which was almost like what I imagine hitchhiking in the 60s in the US must have been like

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