The Hitchhiking Crash Course: How to Travel the World and Meet Cool People

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About the author:
Matt Forney was born in 1988 in Rome, New York and grew up in nearby Syracuse. A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, he later attended SUNY Plattsburgh and the University at Albany, majoring in English and journalism. A former retail wage slave, bureaucrat and ditch-digger, Matt began writing under his real name in 2012 to chronicle a hitchhiking trip he took from Syracuse to Portland, Oregon.

The Hitchhiking Crash Course: How to Travel the World and Meet Cool People

Authored by Matt Forney

A Strategy Guide That Shows You How to Hitchhike Safely and Efficiently

The Hitchhiking Crash Course is a travel guide that shows you how to hitchhike: how to get rides quickly, how to protect yourself from predators, how to deal with the police and more.

Here’s what you’ll find inside...

  • Reasons why you should consider hitchhiking
  • How to prepare for a hitchhiking trip
  • Where to thumb for rides
  • How to get people to pick you up quickly
  • Where to sleep when you’re out on the road
  • Survival strategies for men and women hitchhikers
  • How to deal with police

Much of the book is dedicated to getting rides. You’ll read...

  • The easiest and hardest places in the U.S. and Canada to hitchhike
  • A way of dressing that will let you get the most number of rides
  • The benefits of using a sign vs. using your thumb
  • Identifying the kinds of drivers who pick up hitchhikers
  • A trick that will let you score rides at truck stops easily
  • How hitchhiking with a partner can help or hinder you
  • How to thumb for a ride at night

The book teaches you what you need in order to go hitchhiking. You’ll learn...

  • The most important thing you need before you set out
  • How to manage your money when you’re on the road
  • The best kind of backpack to buy
  • What to take with you and how much of it to take
  • A list of supplements you need in order to stay healthy
  • How to plan out a hitchhiking route

Hitchhiking is safer than you think, but you still need to learn how to protect yourself. With that in mind, the book teaches you...

  • How to avoid getting run over by drivers
  • How to profile suspicious drivers
  • Tips to ensure your safety when you get in the car
  • How to escape from a dangerous driver
  • Special advice for women hitchhikers

I wrap the book up with a discussion about the law and police. You’ll read…

  • How cops can be your worst enemy OR your best friend
  • The frame of mind you need when dealing with police
  • How to determine whether hitchhiking is legal in your area
  • A step-by-step walkthrough of an encounter with a cop

The book is organized into an introduction and six chapters…

  1. How to Prepare: What you need for a hitchhiking trip
  2. Where to Do It: The easiest places to thumb
  3. How to Do It: Getting rides as quickly as you can
  4. Staying Safe: Protecting yourself while on the road
  5. You and the Law: Surviving encounters with police
  6. Final Thoughts: A concise summary of what you’ve learned

The Hitchhiking Crash Course aims to be a must-read guide for any man or woman who wants to go on a hitchhiking adventure.

Publication Date:
1484013409 / 9781484013403
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Travel / Food, Lodging & Transportation / Road Travel

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