The Routes Retraced
- 1 The Routes Retraced
- 2 Two Years in South America
- 3 Edges of Europe Tour: The Missing Countries
- 4 Round Trip to the Caucasus, Iran, Turkey, Cyprus, etc.
- 5 Central America With a Touch of Caribbean
- 6 Hitchhike the UK – The Newbie Drop Out
- 7 Summer of Age – My First Big European Trip
Two Years in South America
Northern South America
Date: 20 April 2017 – Ongoing. Google My Maps has a limit of how many places you can add, so this is the third map of my (nearly) two year trip in South America. This is a continuation of The Southern Cone and the End of the World and Atlantic Crossing by Boat: Hitchhiking South America maps below. Break-off point is Lima, Perú.
Kilometers hitched: 2781 Kilometers (1728 Miles) from Lima, Perú, to Valledupar, Colombia. Add that to the previous two South America maps and I’ve covered 30.163 Kilometers (18.742 Miles) on this continent! Holy crap!
Number of rides: 51
Countries: Perú, Ecuador, Colombia
Languages needed: Spanish, Portuguese, English, and German
Use of Public Transportation: The boat from Pucallpa to Iquitos was not hitchable and neither were the four boats from Iquitos to El Coca in Ecuador. I took a short taxi ride from Zumbahua to Quilotoa in Ecuador as well, which was a splurge. The boat to Tayrona National Park wasn’t hitchable and the whole trip was a rather expensive ordeal. To get to Punta Gallinas – the northernmost point of South America – is not really possible without arranged (and paid) transportation.
The Southern Cone and the End of the World
Date: 18 November 2015 – 20 April 2017. Google My Maps has a limit of how many places you can add. This map is a continuation of the Atlantic Crossing by Boat: Hitchhiking South America map below. Break-off point is in La Junta in Chile and continues until Lima, Perú.
Kilometers hitched: 14.967 Kilometers (9300 Miles) from La Junta in Chile, till Lima, Perú. Scroll up to see the continuation of this trip and scroll down to see the beginnings!
Number of rides: 120 and counting
Countries: Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, then Argentina and Chile again and into Perú.
Languages needed: Spanish, English, and German.
Use of Public Transportation: The ferry to cross over the Lago General Carrera/Lago Buenos Aires at the Chile Chico border crossing costs 2.100 Chilean Pesos (~€2,60). The ferry €20 from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
Atlantic Crossing by Boat: A Start in South America
Date: 18 November 2015 – March 27th when I arrived in La Junta. This trip is ongoing! The following map belongs together with the one above it!
Kilometers hitched: 10.801 Kilometers (6711 Miles) by hitchhiking and approximately 7000 by boats across the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Corcovado.
Number of rides: ~110
Countries: Canary Islands (part of Spain), Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Perú, and Chile.
Languages needed: Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Occasional German.
Use of Public Transportation: I had to take a flight from Amsterdam to the Canary Islands (BOOO! I know…) and the cruise ship I took to cross the Atlantic Ocean was a really cheap “repositioning cruise” – both were sponsored. On the mainland of South America I’ve taken a few city buses to get out of the cities; namely the Saõ Paolo metropolitan area in Brazil and to get out of Asunción, capital of Paraguay. In many places it was possible to walk out of town though.
Edges of Europe Tour: The Missing Countries
Date: January 2015 – 18 November 2015
Kilometers hitched: 11.790 Kilometers (7326 Miles) by hitchhiking and walking (I had to walk a lot in Spain) and 630 Kilometers (392 Miles) by sailboat from Corfu to Malta, that’s 340 Nautical Miles. This was supposed to be the trip where I visit all the countries in Europe I haven’t been to yet, but then I changed my mind (it happens).
Number of rides: 300 and counting
Countries: The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Malta, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, British overseas territory of Gibraltar, Portugal.
Languages needed: Spanish and English. Occasional German, French or Russian when hitching with other tourists. Super basic Portuguese, but many folks spoke English/Spanish/Portuñol.
Use of Public Transportation: None, except for the ferries from Malta to Sicily and Sicily to mainland Italy. That last one costs about €2.50 to cross a small strait (Can’t Be Arsed to find a boat for that). Emergency flight from Lisbon to Berlin.
Round Trip to the Caucasus, Iran, Turkey, Cyprus, etc.
Date: July 2014 – December 2014
Kilometers hitched: 19.946 Kilometers (12.394 Miles) hitched over roads. Many parts were done using the speed hitchhiking method (get on the highway, don’t leave it until you’re at your destination) which is why I was able to cover such a distance in half a year while also visiting places. I covered the distance Maastricht – Tbilisi in five days. The distance Istanbul – Maastricht was covered in 60 hours.
Number of rides: ~600
Countries: The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Abkhazia (disputed territory), Armenia again, Iran, Turkey (again), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkey (yet again) and then the same route home for Christmas through Bulgaria, Serbia, etc.
Languages needed: English, German, Turkish, Russian and basic Farsi mandatory. Random others: Spanish, French, Georgian, Armenian, South Slavic (Balkan languages), Polish and even Dutch!
Use of Public Transportation: None, unless paid by a host/driver/friend. Oh, and the ferry between Mersin and Cyprus isn’t hitchable, so I paid.
Central America With a Touch of Caribbean
Date: January 2014 – July 2014
Kilometers hitched: 8.816 Kilometers (5478 Miles) From Mexico City to Panama City and a little in the Dominican Republic.
Number of rides: ~500
Countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Languages needed: Spanish and English. Occasional German, French or Russian when hitching with other tourists.
Use of Public Transportation: None, except for the flight to the Dominican Republic. The ferry from Punta Gorda, Belize, to Livingston, Guatemala isn’t hitchable, so I paid (but sailed it myself!), but I got a free bottle of Jack Daniel’s.
Hitchhike the UK – The Newbie Drop Out
Date: November 2013 – 23rd December 2013
Kilometers hitched: 4.900 Kilometers (3045 Miles) hitchhiked and ferry hitchhiked.
Number of rides: I have no clue. I wasn’t tracking my rides as meticulously.
Countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, France, England, Scotland, Shetland Islands (part of Scotland), Isle of Man, Wales.
Languages needed: English, French, Flemish, and Dutch.
Use of Public Transportation: I went by train (one of those douchy Virgin trains with champagne for the wealthy commuters) from Liverpool to Lancaster once and took the Tube to get through and out of London. I paid for the ferry to and from the Shetland Islands (there was a blizzard) and to and from the Isle of Man, but I managed to hitchhike the Eurotunnel and the ferry back to Calais with drivers for free.
Summer of Age – My First Big European Trip
Date: Summer 2013…