I have never ever hitchhiked before but am planning to do my first (solo) trip in about 2 weeks through Slovenia and Croatia. I told my parents about this and my mum, in particular, was extremely uncomfortable about the idea and begged me to reconsider. My boyfriend also feels the same way.
Hitchhiking is something I really want to try but their nervousness is making me feel less confident as well. Obviously, I am aware of the risks but I believe in the goodness of people. My boyfriend and my mum think I am being naïve.
Does anyone have any tips for a first-timer? And is there anything I can say to my family/boyfriend to reassure them?