A letter of advice to solo female hitchhikers/travelers..

Dear (self-identifying) woman, I usually don’t have solid advice as hitchhiking is very different woman to woman and I don’t think of myself as someone in the position to give you advice, especially the unsolicited kind. While traveling – whether that be by hitchhiking or not – you’ll be in situationsI have never encountered and some of my experiences will never happen to you, despite our general similar experiences of going through life (being perceived) as women. The advice I’ve given you on “only listening to other female solo travelers/hitchhikers” is more about “not listening to men’s advice”; they’ll either tell you it can’t be done as a woman because it’s too dangerous, or they’ll tell you it’s completely safe because they claim to have had this experience – they haven’t. Those *two things men advice you – unsolicited or not – translate very roughly into “don’t leave your front door, you’ll be killed” and “I have no clue what I’m talking about, but go jump from a rooftop, I turned out fine”.… Read more >

Albanian Coastal Hitch

Goodbye #Sarandë and hello #Vlorë! Though this road was desolate and there was only a little bit of shade left at noon, I caught a direct ride with a truck driver from #Berat on this amazing coastal route. He spoke Italian, I responded in Spanish, all was fine and understood. The winding road goes ear-poppingly Read more >

Autostop à Trois

Three #hitchhikers, one car? Why not?! Meet this lady from #Oxford (UK) who decided on a whim to go #hitchhiking with us from #Gjirokastra to #Sarandë one hot afternoon. Did it work with three people? Sort of: we decided to split up, but our car had enough space and halfway we ran into each other Read more >