Hitchhiking doesn’t exist in America, except maybe in some rural parts. We are all taught as children to never talk to strangers. As a result, we’re socialized to be paranoid as adults. Common sense dictates that in the USA, you don’t hitchhike.
I’ve found that people are generally friendly and curious about foreigners everywhere you go. This applies especially in areas where there isn’t a lot of local interaction with the rest of the world. It also applies in places where the culture is more collectively oriented.
You have to do your homework first and get a feel for the local culture before you can hitchhike. I always prefer hitchhiking over taking public transport and here are some of the reasons why:
- you get cultural interaction
- you more likely to have a seatbelt
- you’ll be more comfortable (especially if you can ride shotgun or in the back of a pickup truck)
- you’ll reduce your transportation costs
The best way to find a ride is to ask around. Ask local friends if they no anyone going your way. What also works is hanging out a gas stations, road junctions, or on the road on the outskirts of town.