A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER in Namibia, I lived in a remote village without any kind of mass transport. Bumming rides was integral to my basic mobility. If I wanted to meet up with a friend or visit the hospital, I had to wave down cars.
Necessity aside, hitchhiking contributed some of the most exciting travel experiences I’ve ever had. Over a period of two years, I successfully hitchhiked through Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, and Malawi. An adventure that still thrills me to this day.