Hitchhiking resources

The premier hitchhiking information site is www.hitchwiki.org in multiple languages and international in advice and scope. Contains a really top drawer database of academic research on hitchhiking history here.

Pioneering research from the late 1990s by the legendary Bernd Wechner


Ongoing kerbside number crunching and observations on hitchhiking cultures available from Robert Prins. 


Some personal faves


Whilst writing DWS few traveller's tales lived in my head the way Alyssa's inspiring solo hitching did. She was motivated by the journeys of the iconic  Polish hitchhiker Kinga Freespirit. Both appear in Chapter 7 of the book.

The Happy Hermit | Hot-shot lawyer turned hitchhiking hobo. (andreasmoser.blog) Contains some insightful observations on hitching culture and contemporary politics. 

Film maker and artist Lucky Everett. Hitching in the UK is quite rare now except in more rural locations, so it was a real delight to come across this lovely short film of a 2020  Lands End to John O Groats first time hitch. (Some good hi-tech safety tips in there too).  

Inspiring TED talks and radio broadcasts to check out

How Hitchhiking Gave Me Hope For Humanity | Ruairí McKiernan | TEDxFulbrightDublin - YouTube

(prior to writing his bestselling book, 'Hitchhiking for hope: a journey to the heart and soul of Ireland' Ruairí gave this uplifting talk).

Men wanted for hazardous journey | Rob Cope | TEDxWanaka - YouTube

(this is a wonderful, poignant and very funny talk on masculinity and hitchhiking from Wellington's own 'Fridge man').

How hitchhiking to work changed my view on life completely | Marjan Knippenberg | TEDxBreda - YouTube

Puneet Sahani: The colorful world of hitchhiking - YouTube

BBC Radio 4 - Four Thought, Series 4, Jono Vernon-Powell

(Lively 2014 talk and discussion of the benefits of hitchhiking as a way of experiencing other cultures - looking forward to a revival!!)

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