Man Travels 100,000 Miles Over Five Years By Hitchhiking Without Spending Any Money

Man Travels 100,000 Miles Over Five Years By Hitchhiking Without Spending Any Money
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If you thought traveling was expensive, you clearly haven’t heard of French hitchhiker Jeremy Marie, who managed to travel over 100,000 miles across a span of five years without spending a single dime.

The 29-year-old hitchhiker’s incredible story shows how he made it all over the world, visiting over 71 countries, during the 5-year span.

His journey began in Caen, Normandy in October 2007, and he has since seen everywhere from Sudan to Kazakhstan.

During his extensive trip, Mr. Marie did not spend anything at all towards travel, as he relied only on the generosity of strangers and their willingness to give him a free ride.

“My passion for traveling came when I stayed with a Polish family as part of a school foreign exchange trip,” Jeremy said.

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“This desire to travel led me to live a year abroad, when I went to live in Wales. During this year I also had the opportunity to visit England and Ireland. It was in the green and very hilly city of Dublin I had my first taste of hitchhiking.

“I like to hitchhike, it’s a good way to meet people and you get to see the world from a local’s point of view and see and experience things a tourist wouldn’t usually be able to.

“When I came back from Wales. I started a tour of Europe with a friend. we hitchhiked our way through Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, England and France.

“The next logical step was to travel the world so I set myself the goal of touring the world by hitchhiking.

“Hitchhiking makes it possible to meet local people, it makes it easier to make friends on your travels.

“Another benefit of hitch-hiking is by being a pedestrian you have greater freedom, all I had was a bag and I had the freedom to go wherever I liked, whenever I liked.”

Would you make the ballsy journey around the world, trusting people to get you to your next destination safely?

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