Summer has already begun, but you do not know how to relax? Your wallet has forgotten what paper money is? Remember about hitchhiking! You can travel around the world without money, and this is proven! Do not trust? Then this article is for you. Following the proverb “To see Paris and die,” I chose the route to France.
To begin with, find in the pantry a backpack, put some clothes in it, a pair of sets of underwear, woolen socks, a dry ration, shampoo, soap and an indispensable set of tourists – KLMN (mug, spoon, bowl, knife). This is the minimum set, the rest of the backpack layout will be whistled directly from your physical capabilities. It would be nice to take a sleeping bag or a tourist rug. Do not forget to purchase a Schengen visa, which gives you the right to travel freely to almost all countries in Europe. Of course, take your passport. Armed with a map and choosing a route, boldly move to the track, raise your hand and go!
In any case, some distance you will have to go to Russia and Belarus, in countries where, according to various guides, there is no hitchhiking, and if there is, it is dangerous to health. Do not believe! Most of the regions of our vast country is quite suitable for traveling on by-modes. It is best to travel with truckers, they will feed, protect and boredom on the road will not die, telling tales and anecdotes.
The way should be kept to Lithuania or Poland – this is the gateway to Europe for people hitchhiking. In the case of Poland, everything is very simple, Poles are mostly friendly, many understand the Russian language, a visa is acquired on the border for ridiculous money. With Lithuania, things are more complicated. The visa there costs about 20 euros, which is an irreparable financial blow for the poor tourist. So it’s best to choose the route Minsk – Warsaw.
Next on the route are three countries – Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia. Through which of them to make a route – choose yourself.
Germany – a real paradise for fans to ride with the breeze and also for free. The whole country is permeated with a dense network of autobahns. Here, most travelers are picked up by drivers of cars, truck drivers prefer not to stop. Many German refuellings are equipped with benches and small gardens for rest, there it is very convenient to sleep if the night finds on the road. You need a Schengen visa to enter.
Czech Republic and Slovakia – relatively recently these two different countries were one, which was called Czechoslovakia. Therefore, the rules of tourism in them are very similar. To enjoy the beauties of both countries, one should go from Poland to the capital of Slovakia. Further on the best motorway of Bratislava – Prague to the Czech Republic. In Karlovy Vary, it is strictly not recommended to call in, the hotels are expensive, and for an overnight stay on the street you will be fine.
If you chose the path through the homeland of BMW and Hitler, then your journey is almost over, from Frankfurt to Paris there are several autobahns at once. If you decided to visit the Czech Republic, then the next country in which you will have to visit is called Austria. Austria is the largest power tourism. In this respect, it is ahead of many countries that have more favorable conditions for travel. The secret is that they sincerely love newcomers and willingly help them. In any supermarket in the evening you will be given some food. Local people can provide accommodation for free. You can also travel in Austria by train, the main thing is to negotiate with the driver.
Then, at the rate, Switzerland is the home of the bank accounts of Russian oligarchs. In this country it is best to find the nearest landfill and buy an old bicycle there for a couple of euros, on which to reach the border with France. Problems of nutrition in this country does not exist, in any cafe at the supermarket you will be able to fill the belly for only 3 euros.
Finally you got to France! Do not rush to throw out a two-wheeled friend, because very few people like to drive poor tourists. Despite this, the French are hospitable – and the farther from the capital, the more so.But do not forget that they appreciate a smile and talkative. If at the table in the cafe you have enough vocabulary to say a couple of simple compliments to the fault of France or French football, there is a chance that you will be fed free of charge. In Paris, you can spend the night on the bench. Do not forget that the entrance to the museums and the ascent to the Eiffel Tower is paid.
So, if you are going to go, remember the main rule – wherever you go, you still need to go back.
On the path : hitch-hikers say that the baggage of a free traveler should weigh one and a half kilograms. That’s how much gray matter weighs in your cranium. If you possess this valuable object, everything else will follow.
Good luck on the roads and take care of yourself!