Some of the interviews I’ve done with other blogs and publications about hitchhiking as a solo female traveler to places most people are scared of. There are also some blogs that mentioned me at the bottom of this page and a link to the lady who made a documentary about hitchhiking as a way to meet people that never really got off the ground.
Saddia Kiran from CatchAWish.de interviewed me about Hitchhiking as a Micro-Adventure. Her website’s gone, so I republished the hitchhiking interview here
“Most hitchhikers do it as a micro adventure! By far, hitchhikers are just getting from A to B on a regular day. From a school kid that missed the bus to the retiree who hitchhikes home from his cabin in a German forest. […] Hitchhiking and picking up hitchhikers is not limited to a certain age group or gender. At last year’s Hitch Gathering in France (yes, we have our own conferences) I met a guy who takes his baby hitchhiking on weekend trips. You don’t have to hitchhike like I do to learn what it’s all about.”
IranWire.com by Mansoureh Farahani interview Female Hitchhiker in Iran: “It’s safe, fun and friendly” in English and Farsi
“An Iranian couple picked her up on her way to Zanjan. “They were very nice. The woman spoke very good English. She explained some of the rules in Iran to me, especially about roads. She told me that hitchhiking is not common and that it would be better to get a ride in a car that has a woman in it.” […] The Iranian couple dropped her at the female dormitory at the University of Zanjan. “They let me sleep there for a night,” Veldwijk says. “It was so fun — all the girls from the other rooms gathered around me. They were curious about what I was doing there. One of them spoke English and translated for all of them.”
This interview was the basis for several other websites about Iran to copy from this interview and use my photos, including RealIran.org and Albawaba.org. My profile picture of me holding my passport with the visa to Iran in front of the embassy in Yerevan, Armenia has been used by many websites since to promote tourism to Iran and other related topics, like on TourGuideForIran.com. These people all nicely linked back to my site for using my face, but if you find my face on other websites without a mention of my blog, please contact me through my contact form so I can do something about it!
Read more here about the book I’m writing on my experiences hitchhiking solo in Iran.
“Why she’s a top adventurer: Iris Veldwijk, the queen of hitchhiking, recently thumbed her way across South America, triumphantly arriving in Ushaia. She’s traveled through 63 countries, mostly by hitchhiking, and couchsurfing, camping, and busking as she goes. Some of her favorite countries she’s hitchhiked in are Mexico, Ukraine, and Iran. She speaks five languages, and is working on five more – Russian, Turkish, and Arabic. Through her inspirational blog, Mind of a Hitchhiker, she’s motivating women all around the world to take on their own hitchhiking adventures!”
The Top 25 Travel Instagram Accounts 2016 by Social Draft
“Iris is quite a daring traveler. Her feed is all about her hitchhiking and freecamping adventures on multiple continents without flights! This one is for the ladies who need a little inspiration to get up and go.”
“A solo female traveller that hitchhikes all over the world and has made it to over 60 countries doing it HER WAY. Next up on my list of inspiring ladies is the incredibly inspiring @irisveldwijk otherwise known as Mind of A Hitchhiker! This lady has travelled solo through IRAN, has hitched a lift on a cruise ship across the Atlantic and is currently making her way down through South America! Her stories will seriously fill you with wanderlust and she would be one of my ideal dinner guests!!”
10 Travelling Inspirational Women Pushing Life to the Max by Alice Nettleingham on Teacake Travels
“This girl is all about ‘no-budget’ travel! You can find her sleeping in petrol stations, pitching her tent in the most random of places, dumpster diving and most of all hitch hiking through it all! ‘Discomfort is my comfort’ says Iris. She’s been to 63 countries including Mexico, Ukraine and Iran. For all of us who fear hitch hiking as women, this lady is proving the world wrong!”
“Why she’s a top adventurer: Whoever says that hitchhiking is too dangerous for women hasn’t met Iris Veldwijk. After recently thumbing her way through Central America, the Caucasus, Turkey and Iran, Iris has traveled to 55 countries so far and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. […] Perhaps most compelling, she chronicles her adventures as they happen – whether thumbing her way somewhere on the road in the middle east or sleeping in an airport – on her website www.mindofahitchhiker.com“