italy - TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards!



Go Back   TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards! > Backpacker College Student Travel Message Boards > Where ya going? & Specific country info! > Europe: Western

Europe: Western Cafés, castles, architecture, art, wine, the Euro, gastronomy, let´s meet up, and pub crawls.! Oh oui, backpackers paradise...

Raileurope.com: See Europe by train
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-25-2003, 07:08 PM   #1
danny
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

i'm heading to italy in august with a friend. our plan is to do it as cheaply as possible. i'm quite comfortable hitch-hiking in the states and have done some extensive trips that way. i'm curious if this means of transportation is as safe, not as safe or (possibly) safer in italy than the united staes. or if anyone might have a reasonable alternative to hitch-hiking (rideshares, bus or train) that are cheap -- please do not direct me to eurail, i've already compared prices. (it isn't compatable with my itinerary) i'd be very thankful for some direction.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2003, 06:17 AM   #2
Admin
 
travelpunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: spiznain
Posts: 6,568
Thanks: 41
Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Default

Danny,
I´ve heard that hitch hiking is safe in Europe and probably much safe than in the US and Mexico. Not sure how safe it would be in the Eastern European countries as they are poorer countries and poorer countries have higher crime rates.
Just have your guard up at all times. If and when you do hitch hike, be careful about throwing your backpack in the back seat/trunk/or back of the pick up truck, because when they drop you off at your destination, all they have to do is hit the gas pedal before you even get a chance to reach for your bag. Next thing you know, you´re left in the dust and the guy now a new wardrobe and travel equipment -yours !
travelpunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2003, 08:56 AM   #3
smell
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

[font=Arial][size=7]
First of all pickup trucks aren't really common here in Italy so no need to worry about that.
I have hitchhiked a lot in the past in Italy and never had any problems. The italians are generally very nice folk.

If you are interested in earning your keep while here you could check out the WWOOF organization (look it up on google.com).

You will have a lot less problems getting rides if at least one of you is female!

One thing to consider is that in August most families are on vacation therefore there isn't much space available in cars --- another thing is getting rides with big trucks - unfortunately since most companies are closed in August there ain't many truckers around.

Good Luck
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2003, 10:50 PM   #4
Admin
 
travelpunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: spiznain
Posts: 6,568
Thanks: 41
Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Default

Good points, smell. Thanks for the low down
travelpunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
italy Shannon Europe: Western 12 06-28-2006 12:57 PM
Italy futboller TPunk Meet Ups 2 06-08-2006 01:41 PM
off to italy... jessie71685 Hostel, Hotels, Budget Accomodations: Questions and tips 5 11-19-2004 01:31 AM
Where to go in Italy Anastasia25 General Travel Tips and Advice 3 11-24-2003 03:51 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:25 AM.



 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121