How To Hitchhike The USA (Tips Learned From 14,000 Miles)

Before I hitchhiked over 14,000 miles around the USA (watch the 162 second stop-motion video), I was nervous about my coming trip, so I googled, “how to hitchhike.” The articles I found looked like they were written by fourth graders. Even worse… fourth graders who had never hitchhiked. Hence this post was born, from an actual hitchhiker.

If you have no experience hitchhiking and you want to get started safely, then this article and the hitchhiking video are for you. To really learn to hitchhike though, you are going to have to stick out that killer thumb of yours on the nearest road. In fact…

The only way to really learn anything is to do it yourself.

If you have no interest in hitchhiking, skip this article.


9 Steps To Hitchhiking Around The USA:

1. Know the Laws

Hitchhiking is legal in all 50 states, no matter what your grandmother or the local policeman tells you. 

The Uniform Vehicle Code is the law that you will butt heads with as you hitch. Each state interprets it differently (Oregon is lenient and Massachusetts is strict). The Code is meant to keep motor vehicles safe and has restrictions on where someone can flag down a vehicle.

Basically, you are legally hitchhiking if you stick out your thumb from on-ramps or are on a two-lane road outside of town. Don’t walk on the highways either!

For specific information about a region, the online community of hitchhikers, Digihitch.com, has the best information about the laws in each state. Before you go, read about the state you will be hitching in.

*Extra Sauce: If you understand the laws, the police are more likely to leave you alone. Most aren’t aware of the laws and aren’t used to dealing with sane hitchhikers. 

2. Get Your Mind Pumped Up

Be prepared to wait by the side of the road for hours and be looked at as the scum of the earth. 

Hitchhiking is a great way to build up your inner strength. You are going to be taking a lot of shit. Look at it as a challenge when someone flips you the bird (about one in 500 cars will… more in Texas) or chucks a milkshake your way. The more you take it and let it go, the more it won’t bother you in the future. This is a priceless skill that helps in your career and your relationships.

Enjoy where you are… no matter where that is.

If you want to get somewhere cheaply, there are many other ways to do it. A happy hitchhiker is on the road for adventure. A happy hitchhiker has fun at a truck stop or singing songs by the side of the road. Bring an instrument, an iPod with some energetic jams, or just your thoughts to keep you company.

3. Dress Like The People You Want To Pick You Up

We are friends with people that look like us. We date people that look like us. AND we pick up hitchhikers that look like us.  

I change how I look depending on my area. In small conservative towns, I’ll wear a flannel shirt and jeans. In liberal cities, I’ll put on a hip button-up shirt. Near hiking trails, I’ll make sure to bring out my hiking pole and my rain coat.

*Extra Sauce: A handkerchief around your neck can double as a liberal hipster uniform or a conservative working man’s attire. Plus, you get to wipe your boogers.

4. Pack Light

The lighter your pack is, the happier you will be. However, be sure to bring the essentials to survive anywhere you are dropped off.

A hiking backpack is the universal symbol for “I am traveling on a journey.” Travelers, outdoorsy types, and adventurers will recognize it. Bring that and pack it like you are heading out on a 3-day hiking trip. A few t-shirts and pants, more socks than you think you need, some underwear, a wool sweater, and be sure to include these essentials:

A. Small Tent

B. Sleeping Bag

C. 2 Jugs of Water

D. Long Underwear

E. Stocking Hat

F. Rain Coat

G. Light Coat

H. Flashlight

I. Suntan Lotion

J. Hat To Keep The Sun Off

K. Big Permanent Marker for Making Signs (the more colors the better)

Warning: Don’t pack anything that you would be devastated to lose.

5. Stake Your Spot

This the best way to increase your chances of getting a ride. Look for these 5 characteristics in a spot:

A. Plenty of room on the shoulder for a car to pull over.

B. Cars driving less than 40 mph (the slower, the better).

C. Near a stoplight or stop sign, so the driver has plenty of time to look you over and decide.

D. On-ramps with multiple truck stops and restaurants close by are the best.

E. Steady traffic passing.

6. Stick Out Your Sexy Thumb

A confident, happy thumb gets the most rides. 

Stand tall, look drivers in the eye, and smile at the cars pass. Don’t smoke, drink, wear sunglasses, or sit.

The more you hitchhike, the more you will develop your own style of thumbing.

A friend of mine cuts out a large cardboard thumb, so it appears as if he has a long, mutant thumb. He gets some laughs and gets more rides.

An Icelandic friend of mine does a little bouncing dance as he thumbs. It gets the drivers attention and makes him look cold, which might incite pity in drivers getting them to pullover. Plus, it keeps him interested.

I point at drivers at they pass… not rudely, but very friendly and casual. Almost saying, “Hey there friend, how about a ride?” Works like a charm.

7. Choose Your Ride

It is your choice to get in a car or not… choose wisely.

When a car pulls over, you have a few seconds to determine how safe this ride will be.

Ask the driver where they are going to buy some time and get a read on them. As they are answering, ask yourself a handful of questions:

Is the driver looking into your eyes as they speak? This is a good sign that they have nothing to hide.

Does the driver answer openly without hesitation? The driver should be able to explain where they are going fluidly. If they hesitate, this is reason to be concerned.

Do they appear happy and calm? Stressed, angry, or demanding drivers are more unstable to ride with (and less fun).

Are they a little suspicious of you? A typical driver will ask you where you are heading and why. Be ready to answer their questions honestly. It is a good sign if your driver is suspicious of you. If they are to excited to get you in the car… look out.

Does your gut feel relaxed getting into the car? There is a lot of talk about trusting your gut feeling about a ride. This is true, but if you are new to hitchhiking, your gut is going to be saying, NOOOOO!!!, even if Mother Teresa pulls over. Over time, your guts will relax and you will learn to listen to them. A good rule of thumb for beginners is to ask yourself, “Do I feel very resistant or am I scared to get into the car?” If you are, then don’t get in.

If You Want To Decline A Ride, Here Are A Few Handy Excuses:

“Oooohhhh (look dumbfounded)… I forgot something back in the last town…. Sorry about that.”

“Ughhh (look like you are about to hurl)… something I ate back there isn’t sitting right… I better go back. Thanks anyway!”

“I was actually hoping for a longer ride (no matter how far they are going). Thanks anyways!”

Then shut the door and walk away.

*Remember: It is your choice to accept a ride and there will always be other rides.

8. The Ride

Leave the driver better than you found them.

Every driver picks up a hitchhiker for a reason. Some want to talk, others want to give back some karma they have received, and others want to hear about an adventure (because their life is BORING!!!). Figure out what your driver is looking for and give it to them (unless they want sexual favors… keep those for yourself!).

I typically lead the conversation, asking them questions, and focusing the conversation on something they are interested in. Use this opportunity to learn about something new and get excited about it (I know way more about semi truck maintenance than I care to admit).

Other drivers will want to know about you and will admire your bravery. “Soooo… why are you hitchhiking?” is a common question and so is, “Has anything dangerous happened?” Share stories from your travels and why you chose this form of travel. It is up to you how much personal information you share. In some cars you will feel at ease right away (like when cute, little old ladies pick you up) and in others you will always want to keep your guard up (like when con men pick you up). Use your level of comfort as your guide.

9. Getting Out

Early on in the ride, figure out where the driver is going and where you will be getting out.

Always insist on getting out somewhere safe. Gas stations parking lots are good or choose another hitchhiking spot, so you can continue on your way.

*Extra Sauce: A smartphone will come in very handy here. Google Maps is my best friend when hitchhiking.

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Saucey Safety Tips:

1. Tell friends and family your plans (maybe not your grandma though). Plan a time you will call and stick to it.

2. Text the driver’s license plate to someone you trust… or at least pretend to.

3. Dress conservatively. No skin!

4. Sit tall and exude confidence. 

5. Don’t be afraid to say, No, to anything you are not comfortable with. Look them in the eye and be firm.

6. Keep a pen in your pocket. If shit really hits the fan, jab that sucker in their ear. 

*Remember: You are a bad ass, son of a gun. The very small percentage of people looking to take advantage of a hitchhiker will be looking for easy prey, which you are not. You are a confident rockstar that will make them regret they were born, if they so much as look at your wrong.

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I’ve never had anything dangerous happen in all my rides and if you follow these suggestions, the odds are in your favor too.

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Experienced hitchhikers, Kinga and Chopin, have two simple universal laws of hitchhiker, which are helpful as well.

1. If there’s a road, there will have to be vehicles on it.

2. Sooner or later one of them will pick you up.

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For more info, check out these other rockin’ hitchhikers who have had success:

Niall Doherty recently hitchhiked 1,141 kilometers through 2 countries as he wages war on thoughtless living and travels around the world without flying.

Ludovic Hubler hitchhiked around the entire world and has some epic tales.

Juan Villarino has been hitchhiking since May 2005 and wrote a book about his journey through the Axis of Evil.

Happy hitchhiking and be sure to let me know how it goes for you.

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Are you thinking of hitchhiking and have a question that I didn’t answer? Please ask in the comments below.

If you enjoyed the article, pass it along to your friends who share our interest in hitchhiking. They will appreciate it.

62 Responses to How To Hitchhike The USA (Tips Learned From 14,000 Miles)
  1. Valentine
    December 11, 2011 |

    Hi there, I’m a new guy in hitchhiking, actually I never did it before in USA, so this question may seem stupid to you but anyway I would like to ask whether one has to pay for a ride in America?

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      December 11, 2011 |

      Typically no.

      If they stop and pick you up, it is understood that the ride is free.

      However, I traveled for 3 days with another traveler recently and chipped in for gas. It made sense.

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  4. Chad DeVillier
    January 18, 2012 |

    Fantastic article, very helpful advice. Enjoyed the creative ideas for thumbing, I’m sure I’ll be using the giant cardboard thumb one at some point when I start hitching.

    Curious about what you do for food though? Should you have money saved up for this?

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      January 19, 2012 |

      Good question Chad: I buy my food, so I use my money on this. I keep my costs low by carrying a hiking stove and small pot, then making food. But I eat out when I feel like it. I have known some who dumpster dive or find churches for free meals.
      I have dumpster dove, but it takes some time and energy, when I’m usually pretty tired. But options to consider.

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  6. that guy
    October 3, 2012 |

    Thanks for article. It’s really good one. I travelled around Ukraine by hitchhiking – it’s about to 8,000km – it was great) As for safety – not sure about pen)) I was taking a gas sprayer, but fortunately didn’t use it. Maybe one day we’ll meet on the USA’s road)

  7. collegehippie
    October 24, 2012 |

    I very much enjoyed your article, thanks so much. I have one question though. I know the laws vary from state to state, will I have to worry much about being hassled by the cops?

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      October 24, 2012 |

      I wouldn’t worry about it.

      But yeah… they will stop you and check your id for warrants. I’ve never had them search me and most don’t really care too much… but it is person to person. Being polite goes a long way.

  8. chiara
    December 5, 2012 |

    what about girls?
    i’m a sicilian girl i would like to travel across USA for a month…but I don’t want to pay all the time…moreover i love to hitchhike, i did it lot of time, i love the feeling of wellness when everything go right and sometime you can also meet some special people…but:
    what about hitchhiking in the USA?
    do you think it can be safe as much as for a man (following the same rules….)?

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      December 10, 2012 |

      It is safer for a man Chiara.
      Not a lot of these dudes wanted to fuck me. Which is going to be an issue for a lady. Not impossible, but is def an issue. Smartest thing to do is post on some groups on Couchsurfing or Digihitch looking for a partner. Pick a COOL PARTNER. You could get a lame partner and kill your trip… so have screen them.

      You could go it alone, if you are the stubborn sort… and I recommend you alter your strategy.
      Hang out at the gas station by the highway and only ask people who look super safe. Little old ladies and shit. Or make sure to stand in public areas and just be really choosey.

      You will get more offers of rides and MOST people will be very protective. They may even give you some dough to get a train… because all the motherly and fatherly types are going to be a lot more scared for you than you.

  9. Tim Shey
    December 20, 2012 |

    Wyoming Tribune Eagle:

    “Bill Would Legalize Hitchhiking in State”
    http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2012/12/20/news/20local_12-20-12.txt

  10. Noah Chivers
    January 2, 2013 |

    Hey, I just turned 14 and i have hitchhiked well over 300 miles across Canada by myself but a question, I always carry a knife around, I used to carry a Glock but got caught, went to junvie and got out on bail. When hitchhiking should i have my knife in a holster so they can see it and they know not too fuck with me, or tell them straight up “Yo, i have a knife, so don’t fuck with me.” OR should I just leave it and not let them know. Thanks. great video by the way.

    • m'bobs
      January 7, 2013 |

      mate, no weapons, especially not on show. if they look dodgy enough that you will only feel safe with a knife dont get in. just be friendly, and also if you get in the car with a knife and tell them not to fuck with you they’ll think you’re gonna steal the car and drive you to a police station or something. also you’ll give hitchhikers a bad name…
      great article man, hitched for the first time recently and it was great!!

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      January 9, 2013 |

      I wouldn’t have it out either, Noah.

      I’ve never carried a knife (except a little swiss army knife sometimes for cooking).

      I would keep a pen in my pocket though… if you ever needed to you could jab a pen in an ear and it’d do the trick.

  11. Amanda Roundy
    January 26, 2013 |

    Thank you for sharing these tips, they are extremely helpful. I am in Pre-Production of A character driven feature documentary on Travelers. This has helped me a ton with my Research and would love to get any other inside info that you have to offer. You also seem very trust worthy and charismatic; Perhaps I can get some personal stories from you and maybe even meet with you sometime when in production of the film. If you happen to know anything about Train Hoppers or know some one that does, I would love to here more about that. Your Video also mentions a friends book, I would like to read it, what is the name of the book?

    • Amanda Roundy
      January 26, 2013 |

      Could you possibly also suggest video equipment that travels well? thanks =)

      • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
        January 26, 2013 |

        I use a Nikon d5100 and a GoPro. Used a Canon DSLR as well and had good luck with that.

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      January 26, 2013 |

      Sounds like a really cool project. Axis of Evil, Juan Villarino

  12. Sawyer
    February 9, 2013 |

    Alright so i saw a comment on cops checking ID’s for warrants. since im on probation but i plan on hitchhiking the states (not cuz im on probation tho just as an adventure) can cops in other states check it in the system? And how often do you think cops will check ID’s? Just some thoughts.

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      February 13, 2013 |

      I’m not sure whether they can see in other states. And as a lone male, I had my ID checked 20 times or so over the course of a year. Hitchhiking for 14,000 miles.

  13. Ellie
    March 6, 2013 |

    Hey,

    great article!I’ve hitch hiked around Europe (bless Spain & Portugal – probably the most hospitable countries here:) ) and now going to do USA and then continue down south to Chile. Since I’m not an American and I’ll be on a tourist visa, do you think I could have any probs with the cops on the way?
    Thanks!

  14. Johnny Fuego
    March 20, 2013 |

    What about traveling in groups?
    Would you say it’s a better idea to hitchhike along, or with a buddy.
    What about, say, 4 people; how do you think that would work?

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      March 20, 2013 |

      4 people would be much longer waits. I tried 3 people one time (all men) and in one day got 2 rides. But in those places by myself I’m sure I could have gotten many more rides.

      Alone is more challenging, freeing, lonely.
      A buddy is more fun, annoying, and safe.

      You gotta ask yourself what kind of experience you want. I recommend going with a partner starting off.

  15. Anna
    April 3, 2013 |

    Hi!
    Great article :)
    You didn’t answer Ellie though, what about non-Americans hitchhiking around the USA? Tourist visa, no regular American ID – will it constitute a problem? Is it really that suspicious…?

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      April 4, 2013 |

      Non-Americans should have an easier time, all things considered. Play up the see America card. It’s fine.

      The real issue is not looking super poor/drug addicted/criminal.

  16. Michael
    April 4, 2013 |

    Hi Benjamin,

    Great article. I’m a documentary filmmaker and am interested in doing a doc on hitchhiking. What would you say are some of the most traveled hitchhiking roads/highways? I want to pick up and interview hitchhikers as I give them a lift — get their story. The prob is I could drive a long time before I even see a hitchhiker. Any advice? Best states? Best areas?

    Cheers,
    Michael

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      April 4, 2013 |

      Cool.

      The best road is the 10 in the winter time (aka now). Head to truck stops along this road.

  17. dillon dailey
    April 5, 2013 |

    im 18 and been through alot of shit in the past couple of years been planing on hitching from arkansas all the way to california what are some great places to see on a adventure

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      April 26, 2013 |

      Hey Dillon,

      Tough to say. Depends what you are into. I like nature, so like doing hiking and such. But I also like people, so I like finding cultural towns where other peeps are.

      I say figure out what want to see and then see how you can include it into your adventure. Good luck

  18. Itamar
    April 13, 2013 |

    Hey Benjamin.

    Your Videos are super informative and helpful.

    quick question about navigation:
    did you use some kind of GPS while hiking in off road trails?
    is google maps enough?
    and how do you recommend to keep a mobile phone charged for long days of guerilla camping?
    solar? spare batteries?

    cheers!

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      April 26, 2013 |

      Hey Itamar,

      I used the Google Maps on my iPhone and when I would hike, I would either use a map or… you know I’m not really sure. I don’t remember it being much of a problem.

      There are electrical outlets in many places (like on the outside of gas stations, grocery stores, etc.) Once you start looking you will see many. Plus, if you get a cup of coffee at a coffeeshop, you can use the outlets in there.

      There are solar chargers, but I have not used them.

  19. Diana
    April 24, 2013 |

    Hi, well on 29th April I will start off here in Russia and go all the way across Europe and then the USA. I really have no id or any other documents but I don’t care about that as far as I’m not gonna tell anyone I’m from Russia or whatever so that they won’t be able to deport me.

    My question is, do churches in the USA require you to have a passport when you ask to spend a night at one? Cause in Russia they do and it’s totally annoying.
    I also wanted to ask whether you can sleep near the road, not on the road itself but 45 ft away or not? Russian hitchhikers usually sleep on the roads when there’s no other place to spend night at, but hitchhiking is completely legal here, so I guess it can be different there. Please, reply to me cause this thing is very important to me

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      April 26, 2013 |

      Your trip sounds like quite an adventure.

      There is no official policy with asking to stay the night at churches. “Shelters” which can be affiliated with churches and are meant to shelter homeless people for the night could require ID. I have never stayed in one, so I’m not sure.

      Church lawns can be good places to camp as they will “usually” be helpful.

      Sleeping near a road is an option, but I would be sure you were out of sight.

  20. valerie Porlier Smith
    May 1, 2013 |

    Thank u very very much for ur article. I
    About to hitch it across america from fla to oregon and nevada for Burningman. Thank agai. And again…you have motovated me and excited me! GOD BLESS!

  21. Genevieve
    May 2, 2013 |

    Hi Ben!

    Nice website with very useful information.
    I started hitchhiking at 16. That was my own way of getting around for 10 years. At 27, I finally got my driving licence. Now it has been 5 years since I haven’t hitchhiked. I plan to hitchhike from Seattle to New York from Mid-July to mid-October!!! I know it is safer if I travel with someone but the feeling is not the same. Hitchhiking is like feeling free as a bird. It won’t be the same feeling with a travel companion. I have a difficult choice to make: Choose the safe path or the uncertain one.

    Is a tent really necessary? It takes a lot of space and usually heavy. Besides, I would hitchhike alone but I definitely won’t sleep in a tent alone! ;-)

    Cheers

  22. K
    May 28, 2013 |

    Hey Im a 21 year old girl hitchiking by myself from colorado to Oregon, it is the farthest I’ve hitched before and I feel really confident about it, but was curious to know if I should probably carry maise or a knife with me or if just a pen(like you said) will do. telling this to people before I leave gets me all freaked out with there be careful’s and questions of “how do you know you will be safe etc.)

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      May 29, 2013 |

      Yo K,
      I suggest not telling people. Their own fears and doubts will just get projected onto you. You got it. And once you are done, then you can tell them… and watch their jaws drop :)

      I suggest taking some space. Going someplace you love and feel comfortable. Then asking yourself, if having one of those things would help your experience. Then listen to the answer and trust it.

      I didn’t feel like taking a weapon. But I did put my swiss army knife in my pocket or by my bed sometimes, and it did help. And I would usually keep a pen in my pocket, because that could make a suitable weapon if used correctly (go for the ear).

      The best weapon is another person, if you aren’t feeling safe… although you sound like you really want to do it alone, so great.

      Good luck and let us know how it goes

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  24. jeffrey
    June 4, 2013 |

    yo i hitch-hiked from FL to CAl and had the time of my life im going to try and walk through all 48 states. i dont mean to correct you but i walked on highways and i got a ton of rides. it might work for some but maybe not others but it worked for me with great ease. i rarely held my thumb out because i thought people would see me walking and feel sorry for me which they did and picked me up.

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      June 4, 2013 |

      Yo Jeffrey,

      I know some other hikers who do the same and have had similar results as you. Thanks for sharing

    • John C
      July 27, 2013 |

      Hey Jeffery, how long did it take to get from FL to Cal.

    • John C
      July 27, 2013 |

      Hey Jeffery, how long did it take to get from FL to Cal.

      Also, you wouldn’t happen to be Michelle’s brother?

  25. Sabrina
    June 4, 2013 |

    Hai! I’m currently a novice hitch-hiker; I catch rides all the time from here to there just for the fun of it, but lately I’ve had this insatiable desire to hitchhike/backpack all over the US (& Canada/Mexico) without any destination at all. I want to live life on a wild ride and seek out the beauty around me! I’m gonna be a river raft guide this summer, but as soon as the season is over I’m starting my thumb adventure. I’m wondering if you’re always on the run, or if you only hitch part-time?? I’d be stoked to meet you somewhere along the way. If you give a State/area, I can hitch there and we can go on an actual hike. P.S: I’m a 21 year old fox from SoCal. The freest female of them all. & I’ve already got an adventure hat. :) Anyways, have a glorious day!

    • trevor
      January 13, 2014 |

      you down to hit argentina?

  26. Danny
    July 9, 2013 |

    What if we hitchhike in groups(specifically 5). What’s the best way to hitchhike in numbers??

  27. Johnny
    August 27, 2013 |

    I’ll ask the same question as Danny above.
    I plan a journey around US involving hitchhiking. For sure it’s gonna be 2 of us – me and my friend. But one or two additional guys want to join. How about that? Are drivers likely to pick up more than 1/2 persons?

    Thanks, great article!

  28. Marty Roberts
    September 23, 2013 |

    Hey man, love your blog. I was hitchiking across northern europe and encountered some extreme compassion from total strangers which I will never forget. However, some people would swear and spit at me as I stood by the side of the motorway. Keep up the videos :)

  29. Alex
    September 26, 2013 |

    Benjamin thanks for an honest perspective on hitchhiking! After years of pretending I was content in az watching my life fly by I decided the time is now! Nervous as hell but ready as fuck! Leaving az heading up to Utah, Colorado, up to Montana and over to Washington, Oregon! Hitting up all the major state parks and hiking this beautiful ball we live on. Ready to feel free and test myself. Best wishes to you and everyone brave enough to follow their hitching dream.

  30. jarin and trae
    October 16, 2013 |

    Me and my bestest friend really want to visit oregon. But we dont have the money so we are wondering how to hitchhike to oregon. Were planning to spend the rest of our lives there. Were orphans and were 14. Please help, this would really be a dream come true.

    • Lester Smith
      October 16, 2013 |

      Me and my bestest friend really want to visit oregon. But we dont have the money so we are wondering how to hitchhike to oregon. Were planning to spend the rest of our lives there. Were orphans and were 14. Please help, this would really be a dream come true.

  31. leigh cooper
    December 5, 2013 |

    hey Banjamin, great advice, I will be hitching from ocala FL to Columbus OH,
    55 yrs young male but with a small dog, I think I should do OK?, will be using the big carboard thumb!

  32. Christine
    December 10, 2013 |

    Great list of tips, very comprehensive. I love “dress like the people you want to pick you up.” We tend to look pretty scrubby when we hitchhike/ travel and thus end up getting picked up by other travelers mostly. Although sometimes we do get lucky and there is no better feeling than getting into someone’s fancy air conditioned car on a hot sweaty day.

    I just wrote an article about hitchhiking in Belize. It’s a great spot for hitchhiking newbies!

    http://dontforgettomove.com/tips-for-hitchhiking-belize/

  33. Tina
    December 30, 2013 |

    Are you single?! :) lol

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  35. Bill Porter
    January 28, 2014 |

    I loved reading all the posts and about the hitchhiking. My oldest brother always did this as his way to get around. I am disabled now and live off the government, not married and no kids. This is what’s making me think hard about giving this a try. At first I am sure I would be nervous, but I would start in the middle of the country and head east or west and see what its like. Right now I am thinking about May 1st. Any help or ideas let me know.

  36. vikikki
    February 9, 2014 |

    Hi, I am 20 year old Ukrainian girl, and I only hitchhiked in Ukraine so far (around 4000 miles)… I used to carry an electric shocker with me.. How illegal would it be in USA?
    And also in terms of timing – how long would you say it will take me to travel New-York to Minnesota in late August time…
    I want to visit my old friends there (I lived in Minnesota for a year as an exchange student), but will only have enough $ to get to NY… Thinking of hitchhiking across northern states.. Do you think it is possible to do in 3 weeks?

    • Benjamin Oliver Jenks
      February 10, 2014 |

      Hey Vikikki, not sure about the laws. I do know some policemen were often surprised I was weaponless (aside from a Swiss Army Knife).

      Yeah you could do that in 3 weeks.

  37. beqool
    February 16, 2014 |

    Hey guys,
    first off: thanks a lot for the smooth article you wrote down – shoulda be really helpful.
    Got 2 open questions tho:
    My mate and i are going to travel from miami to san francisco ( well we have to, return flight is at SF :D so we got an aim ) We’re both german, and not totally new to hitchiking, but it really is quite far, especially since we only have around 4 weeks to get there. 1 week in nice warm florida, 1 week in SF, rest on the road. Question is: does it in any way sound possible/ reasonable for you to make 3000+ miles in 4 weeks ? (biggest plus is, that my mate looks like the perfect grandson. Blondy, always smiling, harmless.. atleast here in germany /europe people are always picking him up :) )
    2nd Question concerns the police-trouble-strategy. Well. I’ve read that in most states it is illegal to solicit a car.. now you’re saying in your article that it might be of great use to know the law better than them damn cops.
    So i got that according to your information it is legal to solicit a car, as long as it is an on-ramp, has 2 lines whilst being outside of towns and is not a highway, but: does that not interfere with the general prohibition to solicit a car ? If so, and let’s just pretend we got a smart cop that stinks around.. how would i argue against this general prohibition of soliciting cars ?

    Thanks in advance,
    Stefan

    p.s. would be awesome if somebody considered me before 24th of feb. since our journey starts by then

  38. Sami
    February 25, 2014 |

    Love the video! One quick question. What are some of the Greatest places you’ve gone to that you personally enjoyed the most?

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