More than 1 thousand kilometres, 8 cities and some nice people we met while hitchhiking using BlaBlaCar.
Rob and I always search for the cheapest transportation, most of the time we use buses to get from one place to another. But when we were trying to leave Portugal the options were quite expensive. We got a flight ticket from Seville to Marrakech and we had to go from Lisbon to the Spanish city in a cheap and safe way.
That was the first time that we hitchhiked. Actually it wasn’t a proper hitchhiking because we paid for the ride, but definitely was the first time we traveled by car with a completely stranger.
Before starting our journey around the world we had already heard about BlaBlaCar, but never thought about using it. Turned out we didn’t have a cheap alternative to reach Seville so we decided to have a look on BlaBlaCar website and got surprised by the offer of rides.
If we traveled by bus we would pay around 47€ per person. With a shared car we paid just 13€ each. That’s it, we got a ride with a really nice girl. Our first time hitchhiking was a great experience.
With two days in advance, we booked the car. The meeting point was at Setúbal’s train station at 12 pm. We left Lisbon around 11 am, we took a train straight to there.
At 12:15 pm she arrived with another girl, we loaded the car and started the trip. In the beginning, I was worried about travelling with a strange. But when I got inside the car I realized that the person who should be scared was the driver. She was with three completely unknown people in her car, and one was Rob with the double of her height. All of us needed to trust each other!
That’s the amazing thing about this type of community. People trusting, respecting and sharing. It is a win-win situation. The ride took almost 5 hours. Of course, I slept almost the whole trip, and that’s why we don’t have any picture. But don’t blame me, Rob slept as well!
Once we have broken the ice and had a good experience sharing a car, every time we need to travel we check the Blablacar website. Till now (4 months on the road) we already hitchhiked six times. It has been 8 cities around Portugal and Spain, 1.121Km reached and some really nice people that we met.
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