Is the idea of hitch-hiking something you regard with horror, or with fond memories of travel adventures from your youth?
According to WikiTravel.org, hitch-hiking in New Zealand is classified as Common, Easy and Legal. This mode of travel is good for our planet, for the simple reason that it turns single occupancy car travel into shared travel thus reducing the personal carbon footprint of each occupant.
Apart from the lofty goals of mitigating climate change, there are of course many other reasons why people hitch-hike – from the interesting people you can meet to low cost travel. In this show I chat with local Dunedinite Paul Armstrong who has hitched many times before and thoroughly enjoyed it. We chat about the unexpected as well as the expected joys of hitching, and share some of our life enriching hitching stories.
Please note. The risks of hitching are low but potentially serious. Before you stick your thumb out, I recommend you check out the website HitchWiki.org. Here you will find many safety tips, as well as as information on where to hitch in the various countries you visit, what to wear, and so on.
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For more information –
- About safety tips – go to http://hitchwiki.org/en/Hitchhiker%27s_safety
- Hitching in different countries – go to http://wikitravel.org/en/Tips_for_hitchhiking
- Check out my article on hitching, published in the Otago Daily times ( May 21st 2017). At https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/travel/hitchhikers-guide
This show was originally broadcast on the 3rd December 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.