How is hitchhiking in SEA? Anyone done something like that over there? Is it dangerous? Is it necessary to learn the local languages?
I've hitchhiked in Europe and the Middle-East. Is it comparable with hitchhiking in the Middle-East ?
> Male 22 yo
> Speaks French, English and Dutch
Why hitchhike in countries where you can travel the width of the country for 10 bucks?
Also, hitchhiking in the western sense if basically unheard of. If a local flags down a ride it is expected that they will pay something.
The reason why I'm hitchhiking is only partly the low cost of travel. I really like to meet locals in a not economic/touristic context and hear what they have to say, how they like it there, what they dream of doing, how their world view is different from mine.
Plus you can get on a much more intimate level. For example: in Iran a lot of people asked me to join them for dinner, to meet their families etc.
Also I figured it's kind of unheard of. Same in the middle east. But that doesn't always say everything i hope.