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I originally started this website back in 2011 to write about my travels. My aim was to encourage other women to travel solo by hitchhiking, hiking and wild camping. I wanted to challenge the patriarchal voices in society that say that women shouldn’t travel alone because it’s too dangerous. Over the years, my views have changed a bit: the world can definitely be dangerous for women. But the answer isn’t to stop us from travelling alone. Rather, we all (yes, that includes you, male readers!) need to seriously challenge men’s behaviour, and to keep doing this until we live in a world that is safe for women. You can read my thoughts on this here.
Having said this, travelling by hitchhiking and walking has made me realise that there’s so much goodness in the world. I am always humbled by the kindness of people I meet. I have been hosted by strangers in Iran, Turkey, England, Australia, Palestine…the list goes on. Travelling has helped me to regain a trust in humanity that capitalist culture stole from me over the years.
Over the last decade I have become aware of the massive privilege that I have as a white European person travelling around the world, and how differently I am likely to be treated because of my skin colour.
I’ve also started to become aware of the impacts that I may have on the places that I visit. Although I think that hitchhiking and hiking are far less harmful than package tourism, I am still not immune from causing problems, especially as I am from a colonialist, rich country (Britain).
Therefore, when I travel I try to do so with my eyes wide open, to see how I might be affecting a place by my presence. I also attempt to learn about the destruction of nature and the repression of communities by corporations and governments. I try to ask myself how I can stand in solidarity with comrades struggling to keep their lands, and with the orangutans who are losing their forests.
I try to live a freegan lifestyle (there’s more to life than consume, consume, consume). If you want to know more about freeganism, this website has all the info you need.
For sleeping I usually wild camp in my tent, or use the Trustroots or BeWelcome websites. My money tends to go on food, though I also dumpster dive (see freegan link!) and forage wild plants, too.
I am an anarchist, believing that all beings are equal. I believe in a beautiful world where we can come to decisions by talking, a world of consensus, a world where no person has more authority than another, a world without hierarchies, a world where we collectively control our workplaces and houses without an owner or manager giving us orders. I believe that no-one has a right to “manage” other people. I believe in a world of smiling. A world where you chat to a stranger on the street. A world where we check whether each other are ok. I think a big attraction of travelling is that people in other countries are more collective, less individualistic. And strangers chat to each other on buses…
Oh, and I believe that all animals have an equal right to live on this planet – human and non-human alike – so I don’t want to contribute to them suffering. I don’t think any non-human animal should have to die for my taste buds. I talk about travelling as a vegan from time to time.
In 2019, while living in Lesbos, I was followed by a street dog. I ended up adopting her and hitchhiking to England with her. So my new writing will often be focused on travelling with my dog, Bud!
If you want to contact me, you’re welcome to email me at email@example.com
…I hope to see you on the road!
Last updated 2021
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I met a freegan in Missoula, Montana and she let me watch her do a dive. It was great. I think the best part of travel is meeting new, wonderful people, natch. That and sleeping in piles of trash waiting for the lettuce to get dumped on you. Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. Your writing is good! Best of luck in your travels!
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Hi Trish, Yes, go ahead if you like x
Really nice blog. I do a lot of dumpstering myself and would love to get to know others who share this, it is quite hard to find people with the same commitment. You have my email so please write back if you are interested in staying in touch.
Hi, Dumpstranaut, yes, let’s stay in touch! it’s great, and important, to make contact with other likeminded people 🙂
Do you dumpstere outside from Europe ? I mean, did you do it in countries such as Turkey or Iran ?
I dumpstered in Turkey because they have huge supermarkets, many of which are large corporations (the supermarket Kipa, for example, is owned by Tesco), and sometimes their bins are easy to get to. I also dumpstered in Iraqi Kurdistan, but I couldn’t find the bins at the big supermarkets, so dumpstered at closing time at the street markets. People thought I was crazy, but if you don’t mind everyone staring at you, it’s perfectly possible to get edible food 🙂
For some reason I didn’t even try to dumpster in Iran…I am not sure why! Maybe because there were no visible supermarkets….or maybe I thought that it might draw police attention to me. I am unsure!
I was just in Oslo, Norway, and was very disappointed by my dumpster finds: junk food that I would never put into my body in a million years! (OR maybe it’s a GOOD sign that change is happening: the healthy vegetables were nowhere to be seen, and the nasty junk was in the bin!)
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Nice thoughts! You are an idealist, too, dreaming to your utopian world..
How can we talk privately?
Soon I`ll hitch the road, I’m in a continuously wandering state, so you`d help me with some answers. Thanks, Miha
thanks for commenting and reading 🙂
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mail me if you want to talk privately…have fun on the road!
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hi…Im Fereshteh from Iran..can i ask a question ?
You go, girl! xo Much love and happiness your way
thanks Olivia! x
Hey Lisa, my name is Andras. I was thinking of hitchhiking, but I would start after some good and long planning. How much money would I need to keep with me at all times? What do you recommend?
hi Andras, sorry, i only just saw this comment. It completely depends on what you feel comfortable with. I have mostly hitchhiked because I don’t have money: so I would only be carrying 10 euros on me maximum! Others need more security than that to feel safe. Have an amazing time on the road 🙂
Hi Andras, So sorry about the very slow reply! I guess that depends on how comfortable you feel with travelling without money. I have travelled on around 2 euros per day, with barely anything. But other people need to feel much more safe than that. I don’t ever carry cash these days… But also I guess that depends what country you’re travelling in and whether you can pay by card.