Is hitchhiking in Europe really safe for a girl?
Before I start, I just want to point out that this is my personal experience only and it is not my intention to scare or discourage people. I hate to be starting my blog in such a negative way, but...
If you ever have wondered to do a solo hitchhike, please, read this article, but don’t let the negative to ruin your plans. In my opinion she is overreacting and generalizing too quick everyone. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS ON YOUR FIRST SOLO HITCHHIKE! Reality is harsh, but this is true. My first solo hitchhike brought some weird sex wanting men too. But it didn’t stop me. I do remember that last moment outside Mairselle on the highway after shock of what just happened, I was kind of with shaking lip, and my heart crying, and I was shaking and crying and surprised and everything because I ALSO was thinking how can people be like that?! But one thing I told myself - THIS WONT stop me, TODAY YES, but not later in my future, maybe time was not the right one to begin with, but I don’t want that this breaks me. And so I followed the map (back then smartphones were not really popular yet, old fahsion map+road signs only) to walk into the nearest town/city, where to find public transport station. I was trying to get back to Montepllier. That day I was shocked,but one thing I knew was that I have to go through this emotional exam and stand up, and LEARN, ACCEPT AND PROCESS. Because tough situations just makes you stronger right?
It did stop me to hitchhike for the next few days as I felt “maybe just not the good energy/vibes whatsoever and I need to stay stil and process what am I doing wrong or how to recognize the red alert”. Yes, my first solo hitchhike didn’t stop me, but by listening that I shall stop and explore where I am, was great adventure! I got stuck with my friend and friend’s family in South of France for the next 3 weeks, hitchhiking together, driving to the mountains and ocean and having fun, then it just happened to be that I found a driver going straight to Paris, then from Paris to Brussels to catch my flight, everything was just right. I swallowed all the bad expierences and my three running-away / jumping out from a car, but it didn’t stop me.
Isn’t hitchhiking as one of the most drop-your-fear-and-trust-in-the-universe difficult journeys to begin with already? It is! It freaking leaves some scratches and improves you. And oh what experience it gives you, it’s mindblowing when you freaking let the flow take you within and trust your instincts.. You learn so much about yourself, people and the world around you, somehow invisible reality shows up which you were blind to see because of being so safe and comfortable on your coach.
In 18th months in whole Sweden I had 3 times these so called negative expierences, but instead letting them to affect my journey, I stayed positive and of course I was “saved” from in the middle of highway by wonderful people!
I think this girl should not generalize so quick… But yes blame herself as well. I kind of think everyone’s first solo trip does not go that perfectly… That’s how life is! Every aspect of life is not easy, or the first times always are khem a bit not what we expect… Simple.
AND - it is not just hitchhiking any SOLO WHATSSOEVER adventure is SCARY YET MAGICAL.
Learn from other mistakes, but don’t let their mistakes stop you, listen to yourself.