Here you’ll find my latest hitchhiking statistics from my trip in 2019 and 2020. I will try to update it as often as possible.
18 January 2020 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
- On average: 69 km per lift.
- Longest: 650 km
- Shortest: 500m
- Highest speed: 185 km/h
What type of vehicles?
- Touring Car
- (Mini) Tractor
- Electric Scooter
- Police car
- Taxi (several times)
- Sleeping bus (bus with beds)
- Check the best cars that gave me ride
Where do I stay and how does it look like?
Hostels and Hotels
- I mostly sleep in (cheap) hostels, I find them via Booking.com
- Cheapest hostel: €0,80 in Vietnam (at the beach, with swimming pool and free beer from 6 to 7pm, it was brand new!)
- Cheapest private room: €4 in Yunnan, China (with two beds)
- Most expensive hotel I stayed: €20 in Romania
Sleeping in my tent
- Sometimes I stay in my tent, it’s a NatureHike Tent
- When I camp, it’s mostly for free (wild camping)
- I only went to official camp sites in Germany, Turkey and Cambodia
- The cheapest camp ground was in Cambodia: €2,25
- I went free camping in Turkey, Georgia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Mongolia, China and Vietnam
Staying at local people
- I’ve been invited quite a lot of times to sleep at locals. I slept at locals in Bulgaria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
- Amount of time I used couchsurfing*: only twice in Iran
*Couch surfing is a popular website were you can find local people who might have a couch or extra bed where you can sleep.
My Hitchhiking fun facts
Some fun facts about my hitchhiking trip.
- How many Dutch (my nationality) took me? Only one car (in Kazakhstan)
- How many Australians took me? Three cars! Although I’ve never been there.
- Longest distance I bumped into same people: In January 2020 in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), I accidentally bumped into a couple I met in Teheran in July 2019.
- Also I accidentally bumped into a couple in January 2020 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Which I hang out with in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia in October 2020.
Other hitchhikers on the road
I met just a bunch of people hitchhiking on the road. Literally on the road I’ve only seen fellow travellers who were hitchhiking in Hungary, Turkey and Tajikistan.
I’ve seen many more local hitchhikers. In Romania, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Cambodia.
Note that in many of this countries hitchhiking is a common way of public transport. People are supposted to pay for this.
Hitchhiking together with others
I hitchhiked six times together with other people. Those people were from Germany, Turkey, Hong Kong, again Germany, England and Switserland.
Three of them never hitched before and decided to check it out with me.
Hitchhiking with motorbikes, the facts
In Vietnam I bought a helmet for €4 or $4.4. This was my hitchhiking investment. It really worked out because I got many motorbike rides in Vietnam, super easy!
Some facts about hitchhiking motorbikes:
- Most persons on motorbike: 4 (Mother, her son, her baby and me)
- Most adults on a motorbike: 3 (Three big man on one bike was funny)
- Longest time hitched a motorbike: 7 hours on one day, with one guy (luckily without backpack)
What cars took me?After Ukraine I didn’t update this graph anymore because I forgot the car brands 🙂
List of total lifts
Wondering which lifts I had? Please have a look at my hitchhiking logbook.
Statistics from my trip to Greece in 2016 can be found here.