Global HitchHiking: Traveling The World for the Cost of Your Meal Ticket
An Introduction to Global HitchHiking
Have you ever thought about traveling the world in a whole new way? Have you ever not traveled because it was just too expensive for you? Have you ever wanted to cruise the islands of the Pacific and The Caribbean but didn't have a boat?
If you've answered yes to these questions, then the solution might be waiting for you in this post. It will most likely require a change of mindset and perhaps thinking outside the box. You may have to step outside of your comfort zone. And it will definitely require you to be flexible in ways you may have never considered.
Is There a Cheaper Way to Travel?
For the past two and a half years, I have been sailing around the world on other people's boats. The owners of these boats were there sailing with me, I was just sailing with them as crew. I am a Global HitchHiker and this post is an introduction to this concept. I'm presenting it as an alternative way for you to travel around the world at a fraction of the cost of traditional travel. Although, it's not free and it's not fast.
Traditional versus Global HitchHiking
Imagine being in Los Angeles and sticking your thumb out, hitchhiking, with a sign that said San Francisco on it. A car pulls over and picks you up but they tell you the car drives in the "slowest lane." Never heard of the slowest lane? That's the lane that goes around five miles per hour. Driving the car at five miles per hour from LA to SF, it will take around three days to get there. But hey, it's a free ride! You'll have to buy food and drinks along the way, of course.
That's pretty much what it's like to be a Global HitchHiker, but instead of a car, you'll be hitching a ride on a boat, where there are no freeways, and typical boat speeds are five to 7 miles per hour. Lots of open water and amazing and beautiful destinations. In exchange for your help on the boat (standing your share of watches at night, helping out around the boat, etc.) they will let you stay in one of their rooms or berths for free. You'll have to pay for your share of the food and expenses, just as you would if you hitchhiked to San Francisco and it took three days to get there, which is only fair.
Global HitchHiking is the ability to travel around the world on other people's boats for the price of your food, which you would have been purchasing anyway. You can have the adventure of a lifetime. The longest ride I've been on or passage, as they are called on a boat, has been three weeks. Some passages last a single day. Others are a week or less. Everything else, all the way around the world, is somewhere in between. So technically you can decide to hitchhike for as short or as long as you'd like. It's up to you!
You Need To Know a Few Things
Of course it's not as simple as all of that. You have to know and do some things before you get started. Such as:
- Learn how to actually do this
- Gain some sailing knowledge and experience
- Find a boat, looking for crew
- Decide where you want to go and the best places to find a ride
- Understand which questions to ask before boarding a boat
These are just a few of the things you'll need to figure out before starting this process.
So if you're interested in knowing more about this phenomena, stick around. I'll be sharing more information about how to get started and soon you'll be traveling in ways you never imagined. If you really can't wait here, there are other places I've written about this. The link above as well as this one: Living Large by Living Little. Please let me know if you have comments or questions below.