„Nic za mnou, všechno přede mnou, jak to na cestě chodí.
Jack Kerouac (Na cestě)

Hitchhiking is more of a lifestyle that just catching a free ride for us. We are avid hitchhikers who have been thumbing for last few years. Why you ask? Hitchhiking makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and it teaches you to be thankful for the little things in life. The drivers are not obliged to stop and if they pick you up they are doing it out of their own free will, purely because they just want to help. It makes you to see the best in people and be grateful for every ride.  Travelling  by thumb also opens up your eyes to many things that can’t be found in textbooks or lecture notes. You get to meet and speak with many different people and become open to strangers. By taking care of a positive encounter between you and the driver, you do your bit to create a more open and trustful togetherness of the people in our society.

“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.“
Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

The best way how to get to know a country is through the people not by eating the typical food in the best restaurants or by taking selfies in front of the most famous monuments. If you hitchhike through the country and talk to the locals, you will learn quite a bit. When you get picked up by a local, they’ll tell you more about the place you’re travelling through than you could ever hope to learn from any travel guides. We love to discover local customs, traditions or cuisine. We try to pick up the basic phrases in the local languages or listen to local music. And we love to share the stories of our small encounters that are making us believe that people are good.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.“
Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

Hiking isn't always fun. It can be tedious and slow. But we need to be reminded that some good things come from being able to suck it up and push through boring tedious work. Hiking in the mountains can relax your mind and you focus only on  what's in front of you.  Sometimes quiet is the best noise. Hiking teaches us not to give up. All uphill trails only leave two choices: you either reach the top or you turn around. Reaching the top only requires the perseverance to keep putting one foot in front of the other. When life gets tough, we just have to remember that all need to do is put one foot in front of the other and just keep going.  We don’t really know all the reasons why we hike… We do know, though, that when we are not hiking, we find ourselves wishing we were...

“There are worse things than being mad.“
Jack Kerouac (On the Road)