Hitchhiking in Turkey might sound dangerous but let’s leave all our prejudices behind. True, the political situation there, and let’s be frank – across the globe, is crazy but people are still the same.
As for now, my posts were mostly about Psychology and parenting (aham, the best journey ever). However, I’ve decided to go back to travel articles and incorporate my favourite topic Travel with Psychology.
So… Although Bulgaria (that’s right, I’m Bulgarian) still carries a traumatic scar made by the ottomans, I and many more Bulgarians love Turkey and choose it for a holiday destination.
But hold on! No, the vivid cities, the impressive ancient ruins and the wonderful shores there are not a subject of my post. Let me repeat myself – I want to talk about Psychology and Travel, or the Turkish hospitality… and some hitchhiking tips.
Hospitality! I would say that that’s the best word to describe many Turkish people. On one of our trips to Turkey, all of our Couchsurfing hosts were great and more than willing to show us old traditions and modern life at the same time. Istanbul is the best example of such a lovely cultural mix.
Bargaining! Like many other countries in the East, bargainging is a crucial mark of clever and business people. So don’t just pay but make a deal. Edirne will teach you some tricks.
Flirting! Okay, let’s be honest, Turkish men flirt with women. It doesn’t matter what you wear, as long as you a woman, just like in many places in the South, you are precious. So just get over it and accept the tea they’re offering you.
Also, hitchhiking is possible, trucks can easily give you a ride, especially on the highway to Ankara (hey, don’t mind suspicious stops for buying cheap cigarettes, we all have our sins). People will try to overcome the language barrier as well. Do not worry to get on a car with a whole family of 6 in it either. It’s part of the fun!
However, have in mind that people might try to take an advantage. One driver tried actually to touch me but, thank God, the outcome was lucky (just be firm and tell them to Stop, to stop trying and to stop the car).
Note that in the countryside roads are not so busy but tourists to major places, such as Cappadocia, Efes or Pamukkale, can help you.
Of course, be modest and respectful.
Enjoy the beauty of the country and the friendliness of the locals.