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Hitch-hiking to Italy

Hello my niece is wanting to hitch to Italy this week..if anyone is going that way or even knows of a website that is dedicated to hitch hiking.
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P.s she does not want to pay for a rideshare as she wants the glorious adventure that can come from hitch-hiking.
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Old 26.09.2016, 21:43
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What's she got in trade?

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Shame it wasn't 3 weeks away- we would have gladly given her a lift.

A lot of my students use a dedicated website, where people share lifts and help with petrol expenses- just can' remember the name. Will FB one and ask now.
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These are not the 70s anymore Tom.
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Old 26.09.2016, 21:55
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Re: Hitch-hiking to Italy

www.blablacar.fr

it's a French site but will cover all of Europe.

Some of us hitch-hiked for many years in the 60s - only one ever asked (well, demanded ) any payment in return- I broke his hand in the door!
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Re: Hitch-hiking to Italy

OP, where is she trying to go to?
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Hello my niece is wanting to hitch to Italy this week..if anyone is going that way or even knows of a website that is dedicated to hitch hiking.
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P.s she does not want to pay for a rideshare as she wants the glorious adventure that can come from hitch-hiking.
About 14 years ago, hitch-hiking was illegal on a A road in Switzerland. Better check current laws.
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Re: Hitch-hiking to Italy

Where did you get that info? It certainly is not the case now and wasn't in the 60s and 70s ??? Do you have a link?

It is illegal to hitch-hike on Motorways, of course, and on direct access to them, for obvious reasons.
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Old 26.09.2016, 23:38
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Where did you get that info? It certainly is not the case now and wasn't in the 60s and 70s ??? Do you have a link?

It is illegal to hitch-hike on Motorways, of course, and on direct access to them, for obvious reasons.
Thats what I meant by A roads - motorway. I was outside Lugano, hitch-hiking to Lucerne, and the people in the car that stopped and gave me lift told me it's illegal. By looking at surroundings it looked that I shouldn't be there
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Re: Hitch-hiking to Italy

https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...hiking-ch.html
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Re: Hitch-hiking to Italy

Well - I took a few trains to Italy and back and even that was pretty dodgy, sometimes. How safe would this glorious hitch-hiking be these days, seriously? Maybe sharing sites are a bit better?
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This is what blablacar is - a sharing site, where you pay a part of expenses to the driver/owner.
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Well - I took a few trains to Italy and back and even that was pretty dodgy, sometimes. How safe would this glorious hitch-hiking be these days, seriously? Maybe sharing sites are a bit better?
My thoughts exactly. Can't believe young girls would do something stupid like this.
The other day I've seen a couple trying to hitch-hike from Zürich to Milan and couldn't help but think they must be Americans or something.
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My thoughts exactly. Can't believe young girls would do something stupid like this.
The other day I've seen a couple trying to hitch-hike from Zürich to Milan (:roll eyes and couldn't stop but think they must be Americans or something.
It must be close to two decades since I've seen a girl hitch-hiking here. Even guys I only see very rarely.

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It must be close to two decades since I've seen a girl hitch-hiking here. Even guy I only see very rarely.
I should have taken a picture, I know.
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My thoughts exactly. Can't believe young girls would do something stupid like this.
The other day I've seen a couple trying to hitch-hike from Zürich to Milan and couldn't help but think they must be Americans or something.
American's would never hitch hike. I've only ever seen Europeans hitch hiking, particulary in America. They don't realize that every driver in the country is a serial killer. Do they not watch TV?

We were in rural France a few weeks ago and I saw a few spots with signs that indicated they were for hitch hiking. Weird. But I guess in those rural areas you're not going to find public transportation.

In any case, i was going to also suggest blablacar. My colleague uses it all the time to go from Lausanne to Lyon, both a passenger and driver.
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Re: Hitch-hiking to Italy

I live in rural Switzerland, close to rural France - and with excellent public transport. But we take hitch hikers all the time, some local kids, and often long haul travellers too.
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American's would never hitch hike. I've only ever seen Europeans hitch hiking, particulary in America. They don't realize that every driver in the country is a serial killer. Do they not watch TV?

We were in rural France a few weeks ago and I saw a few spots with signs that indicated they were for hitch hiking. Weird. But I guess in those rural areas you're not going to find public transportation.

In any case, i was going to also suggest blablacar. My colleague uses it all the time to go from Lausanne to Lyon, both a passenger and driver.
No Minimia, of course not everyone is a serial killer but there's always a (small?hopefully) risk to have a negative experience (to put it mildly). Why risk? I wouldn't, but to each their own.

Good idea to share sites, one should feel safer.
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Re: Hitch-hiking to Italy

I had a negative experience while hitchhiking near Valencia many years ago. The creep took us in another direction and wanted to go swimming with us naked.


Since then, I've decided hitchhiking isn't worth the risk.
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Old 27.09.2016, 00:25
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Sure. But i've never seen an actual place indicated with a sign post as a place for hitch hikers. And trust me, where you live is a metropolis compared to where I was.
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