So. OH MY GOD. You are my new hero!!!! I am totally excited for you and I can’t wait till I get a minute to read your whole blog. I have actually never tried hitchhiking before but I want to (I normally travel by motorcycle), and I absolutely love how little you plan and such, as I am the same way, I feel like planning too much is pointless when you want adventure. Keep rocking it girl! Ps I will follow you on all social media.

Thank you so much for your message both here and on Facebook! :D I always say I have ideas on my trip, not plans.. and then someone still asks “OK, so, what’s your plan?” ;) I love love love motorbikes by the way Read more >

Hey! I’m going to Europe next July (I’m Australian), starting off in Istanbul then wanting to make my way across to the UK. I’ve been over there before and pretty much just stuck to trains and whatnot but I’m thinking maybe this time hitchhiking is the way to go (not the whole way, I’m not that ambitious and have limited time). When you first started out did you do it with a mate or did you just go for it? Got any tips for a first timer? Thanks :)

Hey! Sounds like a great trip you’re planning! My first introduction to hitchhiking was with a roommate when I was living in Denmark. He had experience and I didn’t and it’s a great country to get started. After that one day I started doing it alone, which was just a little step up really. Go for a day’s hitch with a friend in Australia before you go to get familiar with the concept and what works and what doesn’t. The only thing you need to do is put up your thumb and smile - it’s that simple! See if you like it over there on the other side of the world before you try it on a different continent/culture and don’t push yourself if you’re not comfortable. I don’t know how much time you’ll spend in Europe and what you want to see, but Istanbul - London can be done really fast as well! Take a good offline map (I… Read more >

Iris, thank you so much for the very thoughtful and insightful response to hitchhiking in Central America, particularly Mexico. Very quickly, did you have any other major concerns hitching in CA (Nicaragua, ?) I followed your @Hitchhiker_Mind handle on twitter because I only signed up for Tumblr to message you. But thanks again, I really look forward to staying up on your travels in the future! Dave

Hey again Dave! Nice to keep up :) Nicaragua was one of the safest and easiest countries to hitch through after Guatemala honestly. As I remember I hitched with a Nicaraguan guy working for the EU representation of Nicaragua from the border with Honduras, a Taiwanese immigrant who had some restaurants in Managua and an American citizen who worked for the Peace Corps (as there are many of these people around Nica) while his son was surfing at San Juan del Sur. The boat to the Isla de Ometepe isn’t really hitchable, but from Rivas you can hitch to the town and pay the few bucks to get on board. It’s almost exactly one year ago since I was there so I’m happy to recall these times! Nicaragua is loads of fun as you will experience hopefully :) you can also message me on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/HitchhikerMind if it’s easier than Tumblr! Cheers from Montenegro! Peace, love and tranquillity,… Read more >

Joooo! Je bent Nederlands neem ik aan? Sowieso respect voor je levensstijl, alleen liften doen weinigen, tof om te zien. Ik vraag me af: hoe is alleen slapen? Blijft het altijd in zekere mate eng, of wen je eraan? Ben van plan om binnenkort ook alleen te liften en te wildkamperen en ben benieuwd wat ik kan verwachten!

Inderdaad, Nederland represent! ;) dankjewel voor je bericht! Alleen slapen hangt volledig af van de situatie. De beste nachtrust krijg ik als ik in mijn tentje of slaapzak lig ergens buiten het zicht van alle mensen en niemand weet dat ik daar zit. Als ik in een urbane zone zit, zorg ik ervoor dat ik kan tukken op een privé terrein waarvan de eigenaren weten dat ik daar zit en die ook een stukje bescherming geven, maar doorgaans wordt je dan toch binnen uitgenodigd! Als ik eraan begin denk ik nog steeds vaak van “oh shit, wat als..?” maar eenmaal onderweg of de slaapzak uitrollend gaat dat gevoel weer weg. Het helpt om te denken aan de andere opties: geen nachtrust, of me doodvervelen in een veel te duur hostel. Voor stedelijke gebieden zoek ik altijd wel naar een couchsurfing host, maar het kan net zo goed het geval zijn dat ik hoe dan ook wil kamperen. Zorg er wel… Read more >

Hello Iris, I guess you got million times this question but it’d be fantastic if you could help with your advice. I need to get rid of my doubts and I finally push myself to follow my dream of hitchhiking Central and South America. I’m planning to do a similar route to what you have done. However, as a solo woman, I’m concerned about safety in these countries. Were you ever afraid of hitchhiking alone? How did you find those countries for a solo woman?

Hey there! I hope I can help you a bit by telling you what I went through. I didn’t hitchhike through the North of Mexico but after a couple of weeks taking buses and not having my old level of Spanish back, The Itch started. The Itch is when you’re fed up with something because you know there’s a better option out there that brings you more utility/happiness: hitchhiking. It’s basically your opportunity cost. I started hitching from the outskirts of Mexico City because it felt right. My Spanish was back to its old level in no time. It’s important to not force yourself to hitch. Some mornings I had a bad feeling so I would stay another day. I don’t know your experience with hitchhiking and whether the fear is about taking rides with strangers in general, or doing it outside your own culture/language area. Speaking Spanish is a Must, but you will improve with every ride so that… Read more >