Travel stories

In this section we are providing a platform for you to write creative pieces about your travels. We hope that by creating an area in which we can all share our adventures we will be inspired to improve our own writing skills as well as being entertained, stimulated and motivated by the work of others.

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In this week’s guest post we join Maria, a Polish-born English teacher, who sets off on her solo hitch-hiking journey across Europe in order to start a new life in France. A life-changing decision preceded by an epic journey…

  • Guest Post: Rotorua For Free – by Carol Sherritt (The Eternal Traveller)Guest Post: Rotorua For Free – by Carol Sherritt (The Eternal Traveller)
    (posted on 5th July 2013)

    In this week’s guest post… we are lead by our trusty guide Carol Sherritt (The Eternal Traveller) in a walk through the natural wonder that is the North Island of New Zealand. So join us as we encounter bubbling hot springs and steaming geysers, gawp in awe at trees so tall they seem to scratch the sky and learn about Māori culture and architecture. All without spending a penny.

  • Guest post: Jerry Cans – by Emmanuel MarshallGuest post: Jerry Cans – by Emmanuel Marshall
    (posted on 12th June 2013)

    In this week’s guest post… we find ourselves back in Oz as we join Emmanuel and Nia revisiting a man they met on their way. So sit back and relax as we drop in on a man on the edge, observe Jerry cans discarded for personal safety and empathise with the fear that stems from the unpredictable.

  • Guest post: Looking for Rainbow – by Emmanuel MarshallLooking for Rainbow – by Emmanuel Marshall
    (posted on 12th April 2013)
    We join Emmanuel Marshall as he ventures through Australia in search of the illusive Rainbow gathering. After learning about this ‘hippy’ festival from an unlikely source the story takes a turn for the surreal as our narrator follows his new friend home. And so, with the aid of a dreadlocked Kiwi and a drunken Chicagoan, let us explore the highs of hospitality, the lows of dog sick and the fun of being open to new experiences.
  • Guest post: Cows, illegal checkpoint crossings and crushed shredded wheat! – by PabloalacampoCows, illegal checkpoint crossings and crushed shredded wheat! – by Pabloalacampo

    (posted on 22nd February 2013)
    Have you ever dreamt of throwing caution to the wind and starting a journey without a destination in mind? Join us as we follow Paul along the roads of Chile, in search of adventure, fun and spontaneity. Encountering cows, and bends, tea and border crossing. As we discover that progress need not be measured solely in distance and ending up back were you begun is not always time wasted.

  • Guest post: New Camaldoli – by Tim SheyNew Camaldoli – by Tim Shey (hitchhikeamerica)

    (posted on 7th February 2013)
    In our latest guest post we have a tale of hitch-hiking in the United States and serendipity on the trail of an author.Sometimes good things happen to the the positive mind – a theme explored by Tim Shey as he takes us from Nebraska to California via a monastery and a broken leg.

  • Guest post: Walking the Camino de Santiago – by Janice Meyers ForemanWalking the Camino de Santiago – by Janice Meyers Foreman
    (posted on 8th January 2013)
    In this week’s guest post we’ve got for you an interesting account of walking the Camino de Santiago, one of the oldest and most important pilgrimage routes in Europe . During our last trip around the Iberian Peninsula, we saw many people walking the Camino and it seems like an interesting and challenging thing to do in one’s lifetime. So if you’d like to know more about it, read Janice’s story below.
  • A Short Hitchhiking Trip – by Tim Shey (hitchhikeamerica)
    (posted on 13th December 2012)
    A well written  story sent by Tim Shey, an experienced hitch-hiker who has already had two hitch-hiking books published. Read this interesting account that brings to mind all those old school stories way back from the 60′s when hitch-hiking was a completely different thing…
  •  Lift #1: Vredenburg to the West Coast Road – by Milton Schorr (talesofthehitch)Lift #1: Vredenburg to the West Coast Road – by Milton Schorr
    (posted on 28th November 2012)
    Our newest guest post comes all the way from South Africa from the pen of Milton Schorr. Hitch-hiking is in many ways about conquering that fear of the unknown and putting yourself in the hand of others. In ‘Vredenburg to the West Coast Road’  we explore getting the first lift and the conversations that pepper the most unique form of travelling.
  • Guest post: Moldova, land of the hospitable – by Jo Magpie (A Girl and Her Thumb) Moldova, land of the hospitable – by Jo Magpie
    (posted on 7th November 2012)
    A lovely hitch-hiking story set in Moldova. A well-written positive account of human generosity and hospitality, of cramped buses and meeting locals. Reading this story made me thought once again that hitch-hiking is very often so much easier than taking public transport. Why? Find out for yourself…
  • The Road to Budapest – by Tasha (autexousious)
    (posted on 23rd October 2012)
    We’ve got another engrossing story for you, sent by a female solo hitch-hiker thumbing her way across Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Hungary. This is the account of the last part of her journey. I guess if you are a solo female hitch-hiker, a situation like this must have happened to you at least once…
  • Humbled on the road, by Ewelina Lucy (Road Less Traveled)
    (posted on 21st June 2012)
    Our first story from Morocco is a story of unconditional kindness and meeting the kind of people who you can only meet when you are hitch-hiking. Read this great warming tale sent by our third contributor Ewelina Lucy, a brave hitch-hiker who is not afraid to hit the road on her own.
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  • The riches hidden in hitchhiking, by Hitchhiking Guru
    (posted on 29th April 2012)
    Have you ever wondered what makes us step on the road with our thumbs stretched out in the hope of getting a lift? Explore this very philosophy of hitch-hiking aptly described by our second contributor.
  • A Back Seat in the Balkans, by before.youre.too.old
    (posted on 9th April, 2012)
    Have you ever wondered how easy it is to hitch-hike in the Balkans? Read this amazing story written by our first contributor, who tried it for the first time in Bosnia.
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We are interested not only in hitch-hiking stories, although of course we encourage you to share them too, but also any backpacking / travelling tales. Has anything unique happened to you? Drop us a line using the form below.

– by Emmanuel Marshall

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16 Responses to Travel stories

  1. Pingback: Guest post: The Road to Budapest – by Tasha (autexousious) | Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

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  3. Pingback: Guest post: Lift #1: Vredenburg to the West Coast Road – by Milton Schorr (talesofthehitch) | Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

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  7. Pingback: Guest Post: A Bus Trip Through Bavaria – by Carol Sherritt (The Eternal Traveller) | Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

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  10. Pingback: Guest post: How to keep adventure optimal and costs minimal in Iceland – by Tom Vogels | Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

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  12. Pingback: Guest post: Moving house from Kraków to Montpellier in a two-and-a-half day solo hitchhiking journey – by Maria Dybicz | Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

  13. Pingback: Guest post: Hitchhiking for the First Time – by Hector Fröhlich Cortez (whatdoitravelfor) | Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

  14. Pingback: Guest post: Hitchtenstein: Hitching to Liechtenstein – by Conor Bolas (A Bolas About) | Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

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