Do you dream of traveling for one smile? There are many practical tips of road safety for trip in our guide. Not all drivers look at hitchhikers favorably. There are no shortages of stories about travelers who do not care for hygiene or are under the influence of alcohol. Car owners prefer to avoid driving with such passengers. But fixing and generalizing such a hitchhiker's image would be unfair and offensive.
In every environment we can find "black sheep", whereas hitchhikers are mostly nice people, open and cultured. They lead an interesting life and are excellent companions on the road. How to join their circle? Marlene Cheroot is a traveler, with many years of experience.
Abroad hitchhiker is not selected without the required documents, knowledge of the language, basic rules and habits prevailing at the selected place. Finds routes as short as possible, but keeps track of the frequented roads. "When planning a hitchhiking trip, we have to look at the map a bit differently than we did in the traditional way of traveling. It is much easier to catch a foot where the traffic is higher than on the side roads. And that does not always mean the shortest and fastest choice, "says Marlene Cheroot.
On blogs, travelers will find tips on what to take with you on your journey. "It is worthwhile to approach individually and well reflect on what we will really need," the traveler says. However, among the most commonly repeated items are certainly medical supplies, cosmetics, sleeping bag, mats, flashlight, comfortable clothes, reflective vest, raincoat and marker. It's not worth packing too much. We must remember that we will carry your entire luggage in your backpack.
How to keep a friendly driver?
It is clear from the hitchhiker's accounts that it is the hardest to break and beat the first route. Later, each and every one of the departures and every stopped vehicle make more and more pleasure.
Experienced travelers believe that in anticipation of the occasion on the road key cardboard plays a card with a clearly listed name of the place to which we choose. We can always ask for a piece of cardboard in the stores, while the lucky flam aster is better to keep in handy luggage. Opportunities can be sought when traveling from petrol stations or parking lots. However, we should avoid highways, where stopping vehicles is not allowed and poses a threat.
Drivers are more likely to stop at the sight of a well-dressed and neatly dressed person. - Much depends also on our attitude, the smile and the visual contact with the driver. The first impression counts. If you are seen positively, there will soon be someone who will drop you even further than he was supposed to, "comments Cheroot. Abroad, notes are available in different languages with a detailed description of the purpose of our trip. It is a good practice to give small gifts to drivers, such as miniatures of the Polish flag.
Safety is paramount
When traveling hitchhiking, special attention must be paid to safety. Just in case, buy pepper spray. It is good practice to remember or save the registration numbers of the cars we are getting into. Do not fall asleep while traveling. We should control the route with the map so that we can definitely get to the place we care about. In the evenings, for your own safety, you should wear a reflective safety vest.
- Before leaving, let's remember about insurance, so we will not be exposed to high costs if there is an accident. Let's take a look at the proper storage of documents and money. It is sensible to split the savings and keep in different places, preferably if there are some internal pockets. However, even the best safety tips will not replace common sense and our vigilance - adds the traveler.