I found a blog which is called vagabonding and tells the evolution of hitchhkiking in a slideshow and compiles the idea in one sentence:
But for others, like Aaron Bell, who has been hitchhiking around the world for seven years, hitchhiking is more than an option, it’s the main way to get around.
Elliottgarlock resume in How to Hitchhike America (and maybe not get arrested) this classic travel book as:
[it] will teach you how to:
Befriend people all over the world and make the most of traveling
Develop the courage to go on an extended trip
Finance your trip so you don’t spend all your savings
Get a job while traveling to enrich the experience and break even financially
Find free (or extremely cheap) places to sleep and eat
I have a suspicion drivers are more likely to pick up men who look like they’re on their way to officer training school rather than those who emulate ZZ Top.
I think # zero on the list should be: just smile!
HelpX describes themselves as “an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
There is a free and a 20 Euro membership. Perhaps I´ll try the free one. And let you know if it is working.