This road goes rarely on the air. Airplanes are a medium far too easy to discover a new places...too easy, and most of all too expensive for the planet...on flight can go up to 2000 tonnes of CO2...which egal one year of heating a house for instance. Traveling by car is tiring, lonely and also not quite sustainable...unless you decide to share it with strangers who stand up on the road. Hitchhiking might not be as healthy and sutainable as biking or walking...it remains the best way to meet other people, strangers that you would never meet in other situation.
Hitchhiking is the best option to travel freely...with the wind blowing you in the direction of destiny and to open the doors of humanity. Each car that stops is a new story worth to be tell, a new stranger smiling at you and ready to share his car, his stories and many times much more. Hitchhiking is about sharing...millions of car are driving veryday to all directions in the world. It is nowadays hard to find a road where no cars pass by...there is always a chance to share a ride. Looking at it seriously, it is non-sense to see all these people going in the same direction, listening to the same radio, not sharing their car...making a gift to another person, saving money and fuel...reducing its ecological impact...
One of the main obstacles of hitchhiking today is FEAR, people are afraid because of the stories we hear...and because mainly of a lack of trust in the other that is fed by the media. Hitchhiking -as everything- can be unsecure...but as Ed Buryn said:“The "danger" of vagabonding resides in having your eyes opened - in discovering the world as it really is.” It is indeed the bigegst danger you can face, knowing that this danger fades away automatically when you open yourself to the world, when you leave your prejudices behind and decides one for all to share your life with your brothers and sisters.
there is this unique moment...a touch of magic that comes when you have been waiting for hours on the side of the road, cold, warm, rain, it doesn't really matter. You are there, enjoying the present. You don't wait for a car, you know it will come, you are just there, thumbs up with a big smile that shines when a car comes...and then it happens...you cast a glance behind your shoulders...and there it is. A car stopped. Your heart starts hitting your soul, your eyes are big and shiner as never. At that moment, all the trust you put into humanity came back to you. The road is open and free...you are hiking towards the unknown...and you are not alone!"
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain