Hitchhiking (also known as thumbing or hitching) is a means of transportation that is gained by asking individuals, usually strangers, for a ride in their automobile or other vehicle. The ride is usually, but not always, free.

Itinerants have also used hitchhiking as a primary mode of travel for the better part of the last century, and continue to do so today.


In some countries there is a rising rate of crime associated with hitchhiking. A growing number of hitch-hikers are being killed and a large number of motorists who have picked up hitchhikers have been robbed, beaten or killed.

Broader Problems:
Travel risks
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 13: Climate Action
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
24.04.2019 – 15:25 CEST