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My Articles Projected onto a Map
Zoom and drag across the map to see if I’ve written about a specific location. You can click a map location pin to read the corresponding article. I placed some articles in the middle of the ocean or in the middle of China because they’re not location-based articles but more generic info.
Counting the Countries World Map
The Hitchhiking Routes Retraced
Many hitchhikers keep some statistics on their waiting times, distances and average speed, and the like. I don’t really do that. Keeping track of the routes is easy enough, but the waiting times? Isn’t that potentially horribly depressing? Anyway, you do you!
I used to carry around a little book that I to take note of my rides. I wrote down the date (if I was aware), from where to where, what the driver’s name was, and the topics we chatted about. It has no use in a spreadsheet. Today, I use my phone to take notes and the slightly creepy features of Google do the rest of the work to track my trips.
Here I made a few interactive maps of a few trips and added a few other details. If it was my first time in a country they are written in italics. Since making these maps and calculating stuff is quite a lot of work, this list is not complete at all and misses a lot of the trips I’ve done in the past. I do my best, though, to be thorough.
Use the table of contents to quickly travel to the continent or trip you’re looking for. Some maps are more advanced than others. If you see this symbol, you can find additional information by hovering over it with your mouse or tapping and holding it on your phone.
18 Months Indefinitely in Asia (2019-2020)
Kayak+Work on the Danube River (2019)
Between May and September 2019, we paddled halfway down the Danube River. Nope, it’s not hitchhiking, but it’s a different kind of awesome. If you want to learn more about taking our laptops in an inflatable kayak, visit the Danube overview page with interactive maps and even a nice excel sheet.
The Gap Year from Traveling (2018-2019)
Two Years in South America (2015-2017)
Google My Maps has a limit on how many places you can add on one map, so there are three maps to show the entire trip in South America. Some stats:
Start and finish: Arrived in Santos, Brazil. Departed from Bogotá, Colombia.
Time frame: From 18 November 2015 till 12 December 2017.
Total kilometers hitched: 30163 kilometers
Number of rides: An estimated 281 rides
Countries sequence: Brazil → Paraguay → Bolivia → Perú → Chile → Argentina → Chile → Argentina → Chile → Argentina → Uruguay → Argentina → Chile → Perú → Ecuador → Colombia.
Languages needed: Spanish, Portuguese, English, and German.
Now here are the three maps with their separate data:
South America Part III: Northern South America
South America Part II: Southern Cone + the End of the World
South America Part I: Arriving by Repositioning Cruise
The Edges of Europe Tour (2015)
To the Caucasus, Iran, Turkey, etc. (2014)
Central America + A Touch of Caribbean (2014)
A Dropout Hitchhikes in the UK (2013)
Summer of Age: My First Big Europe Trip (2013)
Meta Stats without Maps
If you add up the numbers on this page, I hitchhiked 86137 kilometers in total. But I hitchhiked a bit more than that in other places that I haven’t made a map of yet. I’ll add those maps and update the numbers when I find the time!
Thanks for Reading!