When I was in my teens and 20s, hitchhiking was a main form of long-distance transport. The kindness or curiosity of strangers ___1____ me all over Europe,North America, Asia and southern Africa. Some of the lift-givers became friends,many provided hospitality ___2____the road.
Not only did you find out much more about a country than when traveling by train or plane,but also there was that element of excitement about where you would finish up that night, Hitchhiking featured importantly in Western culture. It has books and songs about it. So what has happened to ____3____ ?
A few years ago, I asked the same question about hitchhiking in a column on a newspaper. ___4______ of people from all over the world responded with their view on the state of hitchhiking.
'If there is a hitchhiker's heaven it must be Iran,' came one reply. Rural Ireland was recommended as a friendly place for hitchhiking,____5____ was Quebec, Canada一'if you don't mind being berated for not speaking French.'
But while hitchhiking was clearly still alive and well in many parts of the world, the_____6____ feeling was that throughout much of the west it was doomed.
With so much news about crime in the media, people assumed that anyone on the open road without the money for even a bus ticket must present a danger. But do we ___7___ to be so wary both to hitchhike and to give a lift?
In Poland in the 1960s,according to a Polish woman who e-mailed me,'the authorities introduced the Hitchhiker's Booklet. The booklet contained coupons for drivers,so each time a driver ___8____ somebody,he or she received a coupon. At the end of the season,drivers who had picked up the most hikers were rewarded with various prizes. Everybody was hitchhiking then.'
Surely this is a good idea for society. Hitchhiking would increase respect by breaking down____9___between strangers. It would help fight global warming by cutting down on fuel consumption as hitchhikers would be using existing fuels. It would also improve educational standards by delivering instant ___10_____ in geography, history, politics and sociology.
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