The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Honeymooning:
-Learn to feel out situations and communicate telepathically in order to make sure you are on the same page when catching a ride with a stranger/group of strangers.
-Whatever endeavor you encounter, you encounter together.
-Trust each other to look out for one another and keep each other safe.
-Accept that sometimes things will not go as planned, and learn to laugh in the face of the unexpected twists and turns of life.
-Remember to HAVE FUN and bask in the brilliant love you two share. Fact: People are more likely to pick up hitchhikers who emanate love energy.
So far, we have been very fortuitous with our hitchhiking adventure. We managed to make it 145 miles across Turkey with only three rides, and never waited longer than ten minutes for a ride. None of our new friends spoke our language, but we were able to communicate with laughter and saying lots of Turkish “thank yous” (no idea how to spell the word for this). The first ride was from a sweet family who handed me their infant child to hold in my lap for most of the ride. They played the coolest Turkish music and the mother in the front seat sang along and danced excitedly for most of the ride. The second ride was from a truck driver who kept using Google Translate to tell us about interesting locations we passed along the way, and even pulled over to let us take some photos! He gave us bottled water and delicious hazelnut wafer cookies. Our last ride was from a man with a pickup truck who we had some trouble communicating with, but we showed him a map of where we were going, and he went out of his way to drop us off directly at the hostel we were staying at. We definitely got very lucky on our first day, and are anticipating that anything could happen. We carry pepper spray, just in case, and recently got a sim card for our phone in case we get stuck in the middle of nowhere. If you plan to hitchhike, go forth with a cautious mind and an open heart, but remember that the universe is filled with wonderful people. Even though we face dark days in 2020, there is always a light that never goes out, and we always seek that light in every new endeavor and every person we meet.
Here’s a video from our first journey from Bodrum to Fethiye:
After Fethiye, we took a bus to Ölüdeniz because it wasn’t a straight shot route to get there, so it seemed like the path of least resistance. However, we found it amazingly simple to hitchhike around Ölüdeniz while we were there. Our hostel was a ten minute drive from the beach, and we were able to hitchhike there and back every day we were in town. We never waited more than 5 seconds for a ride in Ölüdeniz, and even had people stopping to give us a ride when we weren’t looking for one!
We met so many kind people whole hitchhiking, and saw many sights we wouldn’t have seen by bus or plane. Hitchhiking around Turkey is so easy, thanks to Turkish hospitality. It always makes traveling even more of an adventure, and you’re guaranteed to meet some wonderful people along the way.