On June 1 2017, I left the UK to hitchhike alone around the world
The current progress can be seen by the green lines, and the future most likely route is marked by the purple.
Why hitchhike around the world?
In the West, we seem to be so scared of people we don’t know. For some reason, we’re told in school not to talk to anyone if you don’t already know them. This makes a hell of a lot of people! It also leaves a lot of room for stories to be passed around to fill the gaps in our knowledge. We don’t know what the rest of the world is like and this is why I am hitchhiking around it and documenting my adventure. So far, it has been wonderful.
How long will it take?
I originally expected it to take six months, but that was back when my final destination was Singapore. The most likely possibility is that my trip will take a total of two years.
Rules and restrictions
The line you see above, I hope, will be unbroken by paid transport.
The Golden Rule – Never pay for transport to advance.
Walking for two hours just to meet a friend for a beer seems a bit unnecessary, so I allow myself the occasional bus ticket. But when I do pay for transport, I always return to the same spot I reached by hitchhiking or walking.
The exception to this rule is if it is paid for by the kindness of someone else. When I got to Moscow, a stranger paid for my bus ticket to the center, but I had to walk from the center to the outskirts on the other side.
When hitchhiking either isn’t possible or isn’t working, I walk.
The story so far
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Tom’s Big Hitchhiking Adventure: Day 1
Hitchhiking Around the World: Day 2–10
Goodbye, England (Finally!); Hitchhiking Around the World Day 11-13
Strange Men in the Night and a Swollen Face; Hitchhiking Around the World Day 13-20
German Prostitutes and Another Swollen Face; Hitchhiking Around the World Day 20 –
Getting Lucky in a McDonald’s – Hitchhiking Around the World Day 27-32
A Near-Death Experience: Hitchhiking Around the World Days 32 and 33
Into the Former USSR and the Chinese Visa Crisis; Hitchhiking Around the World: Days 34 – 40
Hitchhiking Around the World: Days 41 and 42
Latvia Part 1/2 – Riga. Hitchhiking Around the World Days 43 -50
The Day it All Went Wrong – Latvia Part 2/2 – Hitchhiking Around the World Days 51 – 58
Hitchhiking Around the World Day 59
Estonia. Hope is the Opposite of Fear – Hitchhiking Around the World Day 60 – 62
Dumpster Diving and a Sh**ty Situation – Hitchhiking Around the World Day 63
Goodbye, Estonia – Day 66 – 68
St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod
Hitchhiking Buses – Veliky Novgorod and the Road to Moscow
Moscow and Another Adventure-Ender
The Time I Thought I had Been Kidnapped – Day 71-73 – Russia
Day 74-78 – What it Means to be British
Day 78 – Into Kazakhstan
Day 79 – 82 – To Astana
Day 82-85 – Astana
Astana to Almaty
Almaty and Overcoming the 3.5 Month Hurdle
Almaty to Takhkent
Tashkent to Samarkand
The Time I Almost Got Married – Uzbekistan Part 2/3
Hitchhiking to the End of the World – Nukus to Aktua – Uzbekistan Part 3/3
Azerbaijan Part 1/2 – Baku to Gebele
Azerbaijan Part 2/2 – Gebele to Georgia
The Winter of Shifting Personality – Georgia