Tips/Advice on Hitchhiking from Netherlands to Rome and Places to Explore?

I’m planning to hitchhike from the Breda, Netherlands to Rome in the month of July. This my first time traveling alone so far so I’d like to ask you for some tips or advice. Has someone already taken a similar trip?

Can you recommend some interesting places in your country that are nearby my route? Can you tell me about your experience? Which route is the best to take? Is it better to hitchhike through France or Germany?

Not so long ago, I realized that traveling is something that I enjoy the most in my life. My mom says I’m running away but yes – I’m indeed running away from a boring 9-5 life and monotony. Traveling and backpacking are something that I enjoy the most and feel free from boundaries that close us in a “box life”.

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    From Breda, it’s easy to get into Belgium, soI’d suggest you pass by Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and/or Brussels. Don’t know when you want to arrive in Rome? 16-23 July there is the famous (and free) Gentse Feesten in Ghent (Gentse Feesten is a music and theatre festival in the city of Ghent, Belgium). Exploring the city and party in the city all at once…

    • Alexander Bruin
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      Naah, that’s a huge loop for me. I want to be in Rome asap so I’ll try to take the shortest road. Thank you, Jim, for the advice anyway! ????

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    I am a French hitchhiker, and I don’t know which one of France or Germany is the easiest to hitchhike. Some say the first one, others say the second, depends on your own experience. I know it is not hard in France, except maybe the extreme south (côte d’Azur) now because it is full of tourist and a lot are posh. In any case, I recommend visiting France, but also our German friends. I think we are completely different in some points, which would be very interesting to compare for any travelers 🙂

    • Alexander Bruin
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      Thanks, Zacharie! I think I’ll take France. I’ve been many times to Germany but rarely in France ????

      • Nathan Martena
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        I didn’t have any problems either in côte d’Azur … French people are pretty funny 🙂

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    Actually, I begin in the Netherlands but I know it shouldn’t be a problem 🙂
    I’ve got a dilemma whether I should hitchhike through France or Germany. Which country is better what do you think?

    • Achim Heim
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      Germany for sure!! it’s much easier than France to hitchhike ! in Italy, it will be more difficult but be patient and it will work out!! Good luck and enjoy it!

      • Alexander Bruin
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        Thank you! I’ve heard in Italy it might be quite difficult but I’m persistent 🙂 If it’d take too long I’ll speed up with a train 🙂

        • Carolin Gottschalk
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          You can do it also in Italy just take the secondary road and not highway. I hitchhiked from Lombardy to Rome with no problem. The problem starts after Rome.

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    I haven’t hitched in Germany but have heard its good but I have in France and its really easy and all kinds of people will pick you up with no judgment or fear, it’s really normal there. You’re gonna have a great adventure. In France, if you are asking people for a lift in a gas station, for example, hitchhiking is called ‘Autostop’ in French.

    • Steve Fox
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      Germany and France are both really easy places to hitchhike! It’s more the choice of what you like most, beer or wine 😉

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    As people are saying here Germany and France are both easy countries, I can also say from experience. The fastest way is if you keep on the highway, so make sure your driver drops you at the last gas station along the highway before they get off. Take a tent with you so you can sleep at the gas station and other places, they will almost always have free water, toilets (if not free then for like 50 cents) and free internet. If you have a smartphone use offline maps and navigation options to help you. Avoid stops along the highway without gas stations because they are not well visited and you can get stuck there. Good luck!

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    • Alexander Bruin
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      Thanks, Aiden. I’ll consider that option for sure! ????

      • Aiden Smit
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        I would highly recommend taking a tent/sleeping mattress/sleeping bag with you. You can go without if you’re hardcore but I always take those with me. If you’re lucky people will take you into their home for a night but don’t count on it. For food, I usually survive on oats/muesli with some fruit and/or bread and cheese. Again good luck and enjoy!

        • Alexander Bruin
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          Yes, a tent will be a good idea. Food shouldn’t be a problem, I know how to survive with reduced calories ????

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    Germany is a bit easier in my experience. In general, you have two options: traditional way standing at the road with thumb up + a written sign. Or asking people at a gas station while (or after) fuelling. Or combine the two of course and stand at the exit of the gas station if asking doesn’t work (too crowded sometimes). Both methods have advantages and disadvantages. Follow your intuition and always look for a safe spot (never stand on a high way). Stick to your route, pick the drop off point yourself (gas stations mainly) to avoid you end up in the middle of nowhere without any traffic. Good luck and enjoy

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