A butcher and his younger colleague stopped for me in the countryside of Ukraine.

We started with a coffee at a restaurant. Speaking English was hardly possible. Some other woman came around to speak some English with me.

hitchhiking in ukraine
Hitchhiking in Ukraine – I got a lot of wine at the restaurant of my Ukrainian driver

Then we stopped along the road; “this is familia” they said. We tasted 3 spoons of honey and directly went on.

Hitchhiking in Ukraine

We drove on for an hour and stopped at the restaurant of the driver. After two big glasses of wine, some dried meat and a meat-soup I was dressed as a traditional shepherd.

Dressed as a shepherd in Ukraine
Dressed as a shepherd in Ukraine

An old man came by and sang a German song for me.

After an hour we got in the car again. I thought to go 100km further to the border with Moldova, but after one minute the car stopped again.

The food they served me.

We were at the house of the old man. “Visit familia” again. We drank tea with some mix of sugar and honey. They actually gave me this stuff as a present when we left.

drinking tea in ukraine while hitchhiking
Drinking tea in Ukraine while hitchhiking

After that, they drove me around the town for some sightseeing.

Last but not least we drove half an hour further and stopped again at “familia”. To taste the best wine of the region together with some good goat cheese.

This is where I, as a hitchhiker, tried one of the best wines of the area.

Eventually he dropped me off at the border in the evening and gave me 2 bottles of wine and 3 dried meat sausages as a present!

What a hospitality

It was a long day full of unexpected things while hitchhiking in Ukraine. But it was a great day! All in all, we covered 300km and my backpack gained 2,5 kilograms.

presents while hitchhiking
The presents I received when hitchhiking in Ukraine: 2 bottles of wine and 4 sausages of dried meat.

Apart from this super cool day, the hitchhiking in Ukraine was fairly easy. Although I only hitchhiked a small part of the country I could say that the waiting times are not too long.

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World Hitchhiker

Hi there! I am the guy behind worldhitchhiker.com. In 2019/2020 I hitchhiked from Holland through 26 countries to Malaysia. In total I've hitchhiked more than 40.000 km in 36 countries.


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