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March 11, 2014

Is teaching abroad compromising your holiday?


In the past three years I have become addicted to travelling – cramming my backpack to the brim with clothes and a battered Lonely Planet book, disappearing for a few months at a time and exploring some amazing places. All pretty standard stuff really.

But this summer, when I applied to teach English in China for a month, I wasn’t too sure what to expect.

Would teaching in one place for a month give me as good an experience as if I were to just see the country by myself?


Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China


There are lots of organisations that offer teaching abroad placements – I went with AIESEC, a student run organisation.

Getting to grips with the culture

Although travelling for an extended period of time is guaranteed to give you an insight into a country’s culture, nothing beats living in a foreign country for giving you a taste of the culture. Living in another country means that you are rapidly immersed in another way of life – for me this meant sleeping on a wooden board every night, eating rice for EVERY meal (I cannot stress how much rice I consumed) and going to the toilet in what can only be described as a hole in the ground.

A wooden really is as uncomfortable as it looks!

A wooden bed…it really is as uncomfortable as it looks!


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, always rice!

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, always rice!


If I hadn’t been thrown head first into Chinese culture, I may never have come across such weird and wonderful food…


Who's hungry?

Who’s hungry? 

Turtle soup, anyone..?

Turtle soup, anyone..?

or mastered such fashionable headwear ….….nor would I have learned the dance to Gangnam Style.

Any self-respecting traveller knows that if you really want to get to know a place, you should get to know the people –there really is no substitute to interacting with locals for understanding the similarities and differences between cultures. Teaching a class of Chinese teenagers not only helped improve my own confidence and communication skills, but educated me in terms of contemporary Chinese culture- I’m sure that if I had gone to China just to travel I would have picked up basic Mandarin for ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’, but I doubt I would have learned the cheesy Chinese chat up lines and hilarious insults that the kids were desperate to teach me!

Teaching the children about my own cultural norms was a window into their own beliefs and lifestyle- they wanted to discuss everything, from politics to pop stars. By talking to the same students every day, I got to learn a huge deal about Chinese culture, not by being shown the ‘best bits’ by a tour guide or museum placard, but by talking to the people who actually lived there!

Travelling and Sightseeing

I have to admit that when I was teaching, I was sometimes very frustrated about the fact that I was stuck in one place. Here I was, over 5,000 miles away from home, and instead of scouring every inch of the country as fast as I could, I would be teaching and living in the same school for a month. I started my internship feeling claustrophobic, thinking that by taking a teaching job, I had limited my experience to one region of China.

In reality, this couldn’t have been further from the truth!

In 8 weeks I managed to visit Dubai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Singapore and parts of the Phillippines – once I had paid the initial cost of a flight to China, internal flights and stopovers meant that I could continue my travels within Asia relatively cheaply.

The impressive skyline of Guangzhou

The impressive skyline of Guangzhou


Buddhist temples


The Phillippines... paradise

The Phillippines… paradise 



Although the cost of living in Asia is substantially lower than in the U.K, the start-up cost of getting there is always hefty (around £650 for a flight if you are really savvy). Some companies will pay you for teaching (I received just under £550 for a month’s teaching), so it’s important to remember that you are going for the experience, and not to make money.

With many teaching internships, accommodation and food is often covered by the partner company, and so all you really need to think about is funding any travelling afterwards.

Was it easy?

Easy is NOT the word I would use to describe my teaching experience in China. Although my contract guaranteed that I would receive a week’s teacher training, the school didn’t provide this and my first day compromised of being pushed into a classroom of 30 children, with the advice being only to ‘teach’. Looking out at the classroom to see 30 blank faces staring expectantly at me meant I had to improvise  pretty quickly, and after a few hours of panicked ad-libbing I soon got the hang of teaching. Since returning to the U.K, I have spoken to a few friends who taught abroad on similar teaching programmes offered by different agencies – it seems that a lot of them were given a great deal more training than I was, and so I would recommend researching the reputation of your employer to make sure you get the best deal.


Dabbling in martial arts with my class


I absolutely loved teaching English in China, and my experiences taught me that you don’t have to always be on the road to see a country- I saw and experienced so much of Chinese culture during my stay. Teaching in a foreign country allows you to develop confidence as well as invaluable skills, so this is one trip I’d definately recommend!

My 5 tips for teaching abroad


1.) Do your research

There are plenty of organisations that facilitate teaching abroad, but from my experience some deliver better training and pay better wages than others. Don’t just work for the first company that you come across! Research the company you are interested in working for, read recent reviews and accounts written on forums, and talk to somebody that has already taught abroad if possible.

Go Overseas is just one website that offers reviews of teaching and internship programmes.

2.) Read the small print

Are you a volunteer or a paid teacher? How many hours a week are you contracted to teach? Is food paid for? Before signing a contract, make sure you know what you are agreeing too!

3.) Prepare!

If you’re a little on the shy side and  are considering teaching abroad, I would definitely recommend doing a small amount of preparation before you leave for your respective country, as there really is no guarantee that you will be trained, or even have time to plan your first set of lessons! Prepare an ‘about me’ presentation to introduce yourself to your first class so that you aren’t stuck for ideas during your first lesson – and remember to include lots of pictures of your home friends and family!

If you are stuck for ideas, British Council offers free online teaching rescources which are a great starting point for lessons.


4.) Be prepared for anything!

Although you may be hired as an English teacher, the school you are working for may expect you to help with extracurricular activities – art, dance, football, you name it. Be prepared to get involved with these activities, and remember, just because you couldn’t draw at school doesn’t mean you can’t teach drawing now!


5.) Embrace the experience

Teaching abroad can sometimes be overwhelming or challenging, but my best advice would be to just try and enjoy it. Overcoming the challenges will the good memories that you remember once you return home!

December 10, 2013

Avoid Ryanair & Airbnb? 5 tips for first-time visitors to Paris


My intern Amy Woodyatt’s latest post is about the pitfalls a first-timer can face when attempting to enjoy Paris on a budget….

When my boyfriend and I planned our mini break to Paris we envisaged a weekend of relaxed sightseeing, culture and romance in Europe’s city of love. It was just a shame we didn’t think about the price tag..

As the cheapest of travellers, preferring adventure to luxury, we figured that our student budget would cover us for the weekend, as long as we planned ahead. We weren’t planning on eating in expensive restaurants, or staying in posh hotels, we reasoned and Paris has so much to do for free, we’d be fine!

Our first mistake was to fly Ryanair, who kindly positioned their ‘Paris’ airport 100km out of the city. The money we ‘saved’ on cheap flights was promptly spent on a coach into the city centre.

Ryanair, rookie error.

Like many spendthrift budget travellers before us we logged on to to find a cheap place to stay, as accommodation in Paris is notoriously expensive. Despite the Ryanair hiccup we remained smug, confident that our plan to rent a room in a Parisian apartment instead of a hotel or hostel would save us a bundle.

And it would have done, had the hostess we planned to stay with that week not cancelled our accommodation on THE DAY OF ARRIVAL. Far from being as organised and spendthrift as we planned, we were now stuck in Paris with no accommodation, no Internet to look at hostels, oh and NO MONEY to pay for them, as airbnb still held the deposit for our cancelled accommodation.

It was going from bad to worse. It was cold and getting dark. There was no other option.

I rang my mum and begged her to book us the cheapest accommodation she could find, which, last minute, was close to €100 a night.

So much for Paris on a budget.

Despite living as economically as possible -

Walking everywhere…

..Visiting free attractions like the Louvre and Notre Dame…


Enjoying the artefacts..

Enjoying the artefacts..


...reenacting a Disney classic..

…reenacting a Disney classic..

..Looking at and not walking up the Eiffel Tower…

Who says you need money to enjoy the Eiffel Tower...

Who says you need money to enjoy the Eiffel Tower…



…and eating €3 rotisserie chickens from Carrefour for every meal (not really how I imagined I would be being wined and dined in the city of love)…

Nothing romantic about eating chicken on the street...

Nothing romantic about eating chicken on the street…


…the cost of living took its toll.

We had spent our weeks budget on 3 days of emergency accomodation, and ultimately had to get a coach home rather than wait another 4 days for our flights.

Paris is certainly a beautiful city, but a difficult place to live in when you’re down on your luck.

Of course, my experience was the result of every kind of worst case scenario.

My top tips?

1. Avoid Ryanair

2. Plan! As much as I love seeing where the road takes me and booking last minute accommodation depending on my mood and location, in expensive cities, such as Paris, Venice or anywhere else that has a reputation for getting busy and full, book ahead. It might feel like you are restricting yourself, but there is nothing worse than being forced to pay over the odds for a crappy hotel.

3. Take a smart phone! Don’t get me wrong, nothing frustrates me more than tourists that seem more concerned with documenting their travels than experiencing them – you know the ones I mean, the ones who would prefer to Instagram a cityscape (Note from Ed: Guilty! ) than exploring the city or who will update their facebook so much you wonder whether they are actually having as much fun as they say they are. Whilst I’d recommend some time apart from social media when you are travelling, at least so you can properly experience the place you are in, having a smartphone with internet capabilities can save a lot of stress and anxiety when a situation goes south.

4. Make sure you take a stash of emergency Euros. It sounds like common sense, and I feel patronising for even saying it, but seriously. You never know when your cards are going to fail on you and when you’ll need quick cash, so pack a few wedges of notes into various bags and pockets and you’ll never go wrong.

5. And finally… relax even if things go wrong.
Despite everything going wrong, I still enjoyed my holiday in Paris. Even if things don’t turn out as you’d hoped, you can still have an awesome time, and sometimes the best holiday stories can come from the most stressful times!
Romance on a budget... cue bridge of locks

Romance on a budget… cue bridge of locks


September 30, 2013

Hong Kong on £20 a day?


HK city lights

By Amy Woodyatt


I didn’t know much about Hong Kong, apart from that I just had to go there.

I’d been planning to travel on a budget, but the more I asked people about Hong Kong, the more worried I was getting. “It’s an expensive city” they warned me, “you won’t want to spend more than a night there if you are short on money”.

“You’ll never be able to afford it all”

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a challenge.

And so it was decided. I would stay in Hong Kong, spending no more than £20 a day, on food, accommodation AND activities.


Where to sleep

There are plenty of cheap places to stay in when in Hong Kong, even if you eliminate the notorious Chungking Mansions (a seedy and sprawling apartment complex where you can buy a copy watch, eat a dubious curry and sleep in a cheap guesthouse all in the same building– as long as you don’t mind waking up covered in cockroaches).  If you don’t fancy the latter, there are plenty of other options that offer safe and clean (but by no means luxury) accommodation. I stayed at Wang Fat Hostel, a collection of rooms in an apartment complex located in a central and stylish area, for just under £10 a night.


The busy and bustling Chungking Mansions

The busy and bustling Chungking Mansions


Chungking Mansions... in case you wanted a copy watch

Chungking Mansions… in case you wanted a copy watch


Where to eat

Mr. Bing’s Beijing Street Crepes

83 Wellington Street, Central

If you have reached the stage in your holiday where you are sick of rice and noodles but don’t want to deal with the shame of tucking into a McDonalds, head to Mr. Bing’s for a delicious compromise between Western and Chinese food. Possibly one of the best things I have eaten, ever, a huge crepe filled with traditional Chinese ingredients and served piping hot – for 53HKD (Around £5.30) you can eat a Peking Duck Crepe (duck, cucumber, leek, duck sauce and egg) with sour plum juice…Delicious.


mr bing creation

mr. bing


Paisano’s Pizza

12 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

I love Chinese food, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes you just need a pizza. For the best slice you’re likely to find in Asia, head to Pasiano’s.




Tsim Chai Kee Noodle

98 Wellington Street, Central

Cheap and delicious beef noodle broth for 25 HKD (£2.50) a bowl, served in a busy restaurant as popular with locals as it is with ex-pats. A huge portion of vegetables costs extra but will by no means break the bank. Head here for a taste of authentic on-the-go city cuisine, just don’t be alarmed when the staff attempt to move you from your seats as you are swallowing your last mouthful!


tsim noodle


What to do

First of all, download the TripAdvisor City Guides app.

This amazing app works offline, and walks you through all of the best pedestrian routes (including bus and metro alternatives) so that you can see the city easily and cheaply.

Try the TripAdvisor routes to Big Buddha on Lantau Island (ferry) and Victoria Peak (tram), with each trip taking half a day and costing just under £4 for a round trip.

Both will guarantee amazing views and a well-deserved break from the busy city.

Take the tram to Victoria Peak...

Take the tram to Victoria Peak…

...and explore the walking routes...

…and explore the walking routes…


...Or just enjoy the view!

…Or just enjoy the view!

Big Buddha, Lantau Island

Big Buddha, Lantau Island


Lantau Island is also great for walking...

Lantau Island is also great for walking…

Big Budda


...And who cares if you get lost with views like this?!

…And who cares if you get lost with views like this?!


If you really want to experience Hong Kong, taking a day to explore the markets is a must. Although all of the markets are vibrant and lively, my favourite was the goldfish market, pretty self-explanatory and very interesting.

goldfish market

goldfish markt 2


Star Ferry

For 2.50 HKD (25 pence) you can take a ferry between the major harbours in the city. The trip only lasts about 8 minutes, but will give you the best view of the city, especially if you travel just before nightfall or during the Symphony of Lights show, where you will catch the famous cityscape illuminated in all its glory.

So there you have it. It is true what they say, Hong Kong is an incredible city, but incredible doesn’t have to come at a cost – spend your time wisely and it can be done cheaply!

Avenue of the Stars

Avenue of the Stars


April 16, 2013

Itching for hitching : Sheffield to Vilinius in 9 days. Part 1


Every year the University of Sheffield runs a charity hitchhike through the organisation ‘Bummit’, where 200 of its students hitchhike to Eastern Europe for charity. BudgetTraveller Intern and avid hitchhiker Amy took up the challenge of hitchhiking to Vilnius, Lithuania, in 9 days. (To donate to the awesome cause, please click here )

Here are her highlights of her hike from Sheffield to Cologne.


DAY 1: Sheffield-Calais


After recovering from the initial excitement of setting off, with 200 students grabbing their backpacks and running to be the first to get a lift out of Sheffield, we managed to make our way down the motorways from Sheffield to Dover in only a day. Say what you want about British motorists being a suspicious bunch, but we made it down south surprisingly fast, with people being more than happy to take us as far as they could, donating anything they could spare to our charities and generally just making hilarious conversation. Maybe it was because we were dressed up in ridiculous costumes, but noone refused us a lift on the grounds that we might be axe-murders!


If only it took us across the channel..

If only it took us across the channel..


Picked up by the grandaddy of hitchhiking himself!

Picked up by the grandaddy of hitchhiking himself!


By 8pm on the first day, we’d got a ferry from Dover to Calais, and having pestered every driver on the ferry we turned our attention to freaking out about where we’d spend the night (our only option was sleeping on a motorway in Dunkirk, not very appealing when snow had been forecast). Thankfully, a trucker came to our rescue, and dropped us at a strategically placed service station in Calais, where we found our next lift and bed for the night.


Bed for the night. Keep on truckin'

Bed for the night. Keep on truckin’


A bit of a tight squeeze, but nothing warmer than a cosy lorry..

A bit of a tight squeeze, but nothing warmer than a cosy lorry..


In hindsight, sleeping in a lorry with a man who a.) got us drunk on truck stop wine b.) told us repeatedly that he wanted us to ‘make beautiful luuurve’ in his truck (don’t worry, he assured us he wouldn’t disturb us, and would just be sleeping in his bunk below) and would c.) murder us (his exact words), was not the smartest idea.

Maybe  we did it because we had nowhere else to sleep and it was cold outside? Maybe it was because of all the wine? Maybe it was just so we could tell the story at the end of it?


For whatever reason we chose to sleep in his cab, against all odds it turned out to be the right decision, because in the morning we awoke unscathed, unmurdered and started truckin’ towards Ghent, Belgium. To any wannabe hitchers, I am in no way recommending that you shack up with pyschopaths, but in this instance, it worked out a treat!


Hell yeah he didn't murder us!

Hell yeah he didn’t murder us!


Taking unnecessary risks 1 – 0 Being sensible


DAY 2: Calais-Brussels


Having got to Ghent by day 2, we decided to take it easy and go explore. One of the best thing about hitching is sightseeing, taking a good look around the places you end up and knowing you are doing so for FREE!

Bruges, Ghent and Brussels in one day, we took sightseeing to the extreme.

Enjoying the view in Bruges

Enjoying the view in Bruges

Graffiti alleyway in Gent, Belgium

Graffiti alleyway in Gent, Belgium

Kicking back at the end of the day by the canals in Gent

Kicking back at the end of the day by the canals in Gent


Ending up in Brussels in the evening we stayed with a coachsurfer who cooked us a 3 course meal and provided endless entertainment with his choice of house decorations…


There are no words.

There are no words.


Note to anyone who anyone who has not tried coach surfing: if you are at all homophobic, do not stay with a man who lists that he prefers to host gay coachsurfers, and lists ‘sleeping naked’ or ‘showering with other men’ as his hobbies. Although myself and my boyfriend didn’t mind staying with a man who doesn’t have a door to his shower room and had a computer screensaver of a naked coach surfing man, his other guests found this pretty offensive, and maybe should have screened their host more carefully…



DAY 3: Brussels-Cologne

Ain’t nothing fun about hitching in the snow. Having hitched to just outside Cologne, Germany with a woman and her baby in a smart car (who’d have thought?!) , we got stranded in blizzard conditions. Thankfully, we got picked up by no other than a woman who could have been my own mother’s doppelganger!

Since I started hitchhiking, I have had countless stories to tell about freaks, wierdos and generally deranged human beings who picked us up along the way. Imagine my surprise then, when I spent the next 4 hours eating cake and drinking coffee with two middle aged German women who just wanted a civilised catch-up.


Kidnapped by a German lady who wanted to feed us cake

Kidnapped by a German lady who wanted to feed us cake


So much cake..

So much cake..


One of the most surreal and civilised hitchhiking experiences of all time!

And we made it to Cologne before nightfall, just enough time do some sightseeing and kick back with a beer and a steak in a German beer hall!


Well deserved after a hard day of hitching

Well deserved after a hard day of hitching

Partying hard with Germans

Partying hard with Germans

It’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it!



March 18, 2013

Brief encounter: Friends for life or new wife?


BudgetTraveller intern Amy Woodyatt’s latest post addresses the highlights and pitfalls of making friends while on the road….


One of the best things about travelling is getting to meet new and interesting people. However , sometimes, even if you set out with the best of intentions, that new friend can turn out to be mental. Time and time again I have learned this the hard way.


Friends for life

The summer of 2010 and I was travelling without a parent for the first time around Europe with a group of friends, your standard Interrail holiday. We arrived in Vienna weary, smelly but ready to ditch our bags at the hostel and explore the city. Staying in our otherwise all-female dorm we found Josh, a chatty Australian travelling alone.


He seemed nice enough, was our age and most importantly, not at all fazed by the fact that he was sharing a room with a group of giggly 18 year olds (I half expected that he would ask the hostel staff to relocate him), so we invited him along to join us for a meal, as he was travelling alone and seemed pretty chilled. To really get a taste for Austrian culture, we went to a restaurant recommended by several locals, and due to us being obviously foreign, we were given picture menus.


Wow, this place was cheap. We ordered from a picture menu that priced every dish at 10 euros, but nothing prepared us for what would happen next…


Lo and behold, a MEAT SWORD was brought out of the kitchen and presented to us. A SWORD OF MEAT.  The thing was about half the size of me.

AMAZING we thought. All of this for only 20 euros!

Lo and behold, a magnificent sword of meat!

Lo and behold, a magnificent sword of meat!


Our amazement was shortlived when we received the bill, which revealed that the meat sword actually cost us 100 euros. Uh oh. We were nearing the end of our trip, and as true budget travellers, we only had about that much money to last us ‘til we went home.


And here’s where our new travel buddy stepped up. Unfazed, he paid for over a third of the bill, and wouldn’t even let us pay him back. With no money for a bar we shared a beer in a park later that night and it turned out the guy had some pretty awesome stories from the road. We got on so well that when I’d gone home and he continued his travels, he even made a detour to visit me in England!


Just goes to show, however brief your encounter, you can make lifelong friends when travelling.


Friend or ‘wife’

Sat on a street corner at a Bia Hoi stand in Hanoi, Vietnam, my boyfriend and I were enjoying a refreshing glass of (20 pence) beer to finish off the day. A few tourists were sat around us, it was warm and breezy; we had found an oasis from which we could sit and watch the busy, bustling city.


‘My name is Sunshine’. She certainly was a vision, wearing only a bright orange vest and neon yellow Playboy boxer shorts. Yes, that’s right, she was wearing underwear as actual clothes. A sweaty, chubby vision in underwear stumbled towards us.


Nothing more attractive than a woman in boxer shorts

Nothing more attractive than a woman in boxer shorts


Although she came to sit next to us, it became clear after a while that Sunshine didn’t want to be friends with us… well not both of us, anyway.


‘Your face is so old. You are wrinkled. I am so young, my skin is so young, don’t you think? But you look so old!’ she charmingly told me.

(At this point, can I point out that I was 19 and she was about 40…)


‘Everybody says I am beautiful. You agree.’

Conversation between myself and Sunshine had stopped. She had moved on to my boyfriend.


‘You want to take me to tourist office? Get me a visa?

Wow, she was forward alright.


‘I always wanted to marry Western man. So we go tourist office?’

My boyfriend politely declined, at which point her comprehension of English also dramatically declined.

‘Get me visa. I am very beautiful and want Western husband. Get me visa.’

It took an hour and a tenuous story about food poisoning and sleep deprivation to get rid of her.

My advice: if they seem crazy when they approach you, don’t kindly give them the opportunity to prove you wrong. Run for the hills.

The next day our taxi driver drove past her, burst into laughter, pointed and screamed ‘she crazy!!!’.

No shit, Sherlock.

February 25, 2013

How easy is it to hitchhike in the UK?


Budget Traveller intern Amy took up the challenge recently of finding how easy ( or hard ) it is to hitchhike in the UK . Helping to raise money for University of Sheffield hitchhiking themed charity- ‘Bummit’, Amy tries to hitch a ride from Sheffield to Brighton. 


When I told my family I’d be trying to hitchhike from Sheffield to Brighton, the response was unanimous.


‘Hitchhiking?!’ they asked in horror. ‘Why don’t you just pay for a train ticket? Do you want me to lend you the money?’

‘Isn’t that a bit dangerous? What if you get picked up by a murderer?’

or the more blunt response of:

‘Hope you don’t get raped.’


Hitchhiking, that long-forgotten hobby, has become a thing of the past.

Anyone driving is terrified of picking up an axe-wielding lunatic, and similarly, any potential hitchhiker is convinced anyone who would offer a stranger a lift must want to rape or maim them.

The horrified and suspicious reactions of my friends and family got me thinking;

How is it easy to hitchhike in the UK?

And the answer, for me, was: easy.

Ok, well… not easy. Getting stuck on a roundabout with no lay-bys for hours, getting moved on by the police and being given the finger by numerous boy racers were some minor blips in our journey.


But we made it! For every person who drove past us and awkwardly tried not to make eye contact, someone would stop and ask us about where we were going, why we were hitchhiking, and some offered help as best they could. A business man, who had never picked up a hitchhiker in his life, bought us lunch and drove an hour out of his way to drop us off nearer to our destination.


Nothing more badass than a lift in a company car

Nothing more badass than a lift in a company car


Funnily enough, the people who gave us lifts weren’t Bob Dylan fans in dungarees who wanted to share stories of their nomad youth; they were business men in shiny company cars who said they hoped someone would do the same for their own children.


Never underestimate the kindness of a white van man

Never underestimate the kindness of a white van man

Of course, some of my friends who were attempting the same route weren’t as lucky. Although my team managed to hitch from Sheffield to Brighton in under 6 hours for free, I know others that got stuck. Horror stories of people being stuck on the outskirts of Slough and paying a substantial amount to reach their final destination got me thinking that maybe I just got lucky…


But we proved it. Hitchhiking in the U.K, although sometimes a little hit-and-miss, is not impossible! If you want to try it, I’d recommend the following things:




1.Dress up.


It attracts attention and makes you seem less threatening. Onesies are a brilliant costume – what driver is going to think someone dressed in a cow suit is dangerous or threatening?


C'mon.... who wouldn't pick up a cow and an owl?!

C’mon…. who wouldn’t pick up a cow and an owl?!


2.Use colourful signs to advertise your destination


Anyone going to Brighton?

Anyone going to Brighton?


3. Always carry a map

Your route changes depending on what people can offer you, and drivers are usually in a rush, so being able to check whether you can accept a lift quickly is very useful.



A driver wants to pick up someone that they can have a friendly conversation with, not somebody who looks like they might  bring the mood down!