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截順風車(Hitchhiking)是好是壞?

走了2日1夜, 完成紐西蘭Copland Trek後的故事:

經過五小時多的路程,背著十三公斤背包的我到了昨天起點停車場。鬆了一口氣後,我連忙看看放在停車場的小背包還在不在。就算這裡是紐西蘭,我也會擔心小背包的安危,不竟不見了我就沒有衣服可以替換,沒有小背包的話平日登山就不知用甚麼裝我的日常乾糧及水樽。

幸好小背包還是靜靜的躺在大石上(其實我上了單車鎖及密碼鎖,還有便條寫明明天我會回來拿及裡面只有骯髒的衣服。) 。與昨晚曾碰過面的三位男仕道別後,我換上乾淨的衣服。與此同時我要與sandflies博斗,一邊搖頭一邊在外露的手及臉上抹上驅蟲膏。

之前已經訂好了由這裡去Franz Josef的車票,時間表上寫兩時五十五分它會駛經這裡,但之前它由Queenstown出發,我相信它會遲來。於是我過馬路對面,放下大背包坐上去。

對面馬路有一位男背包客。每當有車經過時,他就會舉起姆指。噢,又是一名hitchhiker。經過半個小時後,他找到一輛載他的車,在車上是兩位金髮女人。而我就繼續等我訂了的車.

在紐西蘭,在車上在路上在青年旅館在人們口中你都會看到聽過他們。 作為截順車客hitchhiker,你需要的是
1. 樹起姆指的勇氣
2. 等有車肯載你的時間
3. 耐心等候時需要的食物
4. 與司機及乘客談天的心情

大多數我看到的hitchhiker都是男性,當然也有女性。他們會說It is easy to hitchhike  here (紐西蘭)。我亦碰到兩名美國女子說每次四十五分鐘之內必有車停下載她們。

作為背包客,我不會說hitchhiker不好,也不會說他們很酷,只是大家也有不同的旅行方式而已。

雖然我預先買好了所有到各城市的車票,我也有需要順風車的時候。例如我要去離市區數公里的登山入口,沒有巴士到,走路去又浪費時間及體力,有時因為是公路還會危險,這時候我就會嘗試hitchhike去。

有人會說Hitchhike又免費又能認識多一些人何樂而不為。但事實是就算是紐西蘭也有危險的人。有德國背包客(兩男)曾經跟我說載他們的那個人最後要脅他要二百元。女孩子更加要小心。

Hitchhike是一種旅遊方式,但我覺得不能把它濫用。想大搖大擺招一招手就要求有車免費載你去目的地?你也需付出一些吧。

而我hitchhike是因為像我說的那樣有些地方沒有公交可到, 唯一可以去就是順風車. 我並沒有試過坐順風車由一城市到另一城市.

曾經試過hitchhike的地方 (最長途: 35公里, 最短途:一條長街而已):
1. 紐西蘭New Zealand  - Wanaka, Mountain Cook
2. 塞爾維亞Serbia - Čačak
3. 匈牙利Hungary - Bükk National Park (沒有豎起姆指, 主動載我)
4. 保加利亞Bulgaria - Rila Lake
5. 黑山共和國Montenegro - Budva (不愉快經歷)
6. 阿爾巴尼亞Albania - Prograde
7. 希臘Greece - Litochoro (沒有豎起姆指, 主動載我)
8. 土耳其Turkey - Bodrum (電單車!) (沒有豎起姆指, 主動載我)
9. 澳洲Australia - Cairns (沒有豎起姆指, 主動載我)

跟人一起hitchhike的地方:
1. 伊朗Iran - Palangan
2. 保加利亞Bulgaria - Rila Lake
3. 馬其頓Macedonia - Bitola

所以說有限度的hitchhiking是好, 但也要記住任何地方都有好人和壞人.

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- 旅行小知識

作為窮遊背包客, 有兩個原因是會睡機場:
1. 晚上到達旅遊目的地機場, 不想花一晚錢住旅館
2. 飛機早上離去, 不想花的士錢凌晨到機場 (很多地方凌晨是沒有工共交通到機場)及慳當晚旅館錢

我睡的機場大大小小都有10幾個. 現在就讓大家知道哪個是最...什麼的.


- 旅行小知識

短的旅行大家都會準備充足, 每天的行程都會擠得滿滿的. 因為就是短旅行, 要利用每一分每一秒.

那住宿就必須先訂好, 若是旺季如歐洲的夏天就更加要了.  本篇就讓大家知道我去旅行時會怎樣預訂住宿.

1. 民宿
airbnb

這是集民宿於一身的網站, 從美國, 歐洲巴黎/西班牙/柏林到澳洲雪梨/墨爾本都有地方讓你住.
優點:
- 能和本地人一起同一屋簷下, 可以學習多一點本土文化/食物/人民.
- 價錢比酒店便宜
缺點:
- 私人空間比較小

airbnb優惠碼  - 大家若果從未登記過airbnb, 可以透過這裡登記, 第一次的預訂會有優惠, 可節省AUD$50 ( airbnb優惠碼) !

上次我在澳洲tasmania用了優惠, 慳了不少.


There is no excuse of not doing exercises! Why? Cause free exercises are always there and you just need to go and try them out. Some people don't have initiation if they are alone running/doing fitness/yoga. How about with a group of people who also want to get active? Join them and have some fun!

Here are some free activities you can go:


Yoga/Fitness - lululemon Perth
lululemon offers complementary yoga classes for everyone. Different month yoga styles might change but not limited to Yin, Vinyasa and Pilates. The time and location vary. it includes: Perth city, Scarborough, Claremont, Karrinyup, Applecoss, Trigg.
Sometime they have different activities to try on such as HIIT, boxing too.

Yoga/Fitness - Live Life Get Active
A varies of things happening every weekday morning in different locations in Perth! This include yoga, boxing and training. Check their website to know the time and venue and get fit with them!
Locations include but not limited to: Baldivis, Banjup, Cockburn, North Coogee, Aveley, Perth city.
https://livelifegetactive.com/about/


Yoga/Fitness - Curtin University and Curtin Stadium
For this semester they provide three classes every Wednesday with different verities of fitness - zumba, war, metafit, try them out and see if you like them!


Yoga - UWA
Every Saturday at 8am near the University Club of UWA, people gather to have a refreshing morning yoga class. You can join too even if you are not students or alumnis of UWA. You can even borrow mat from the sports centre.
http://www.sport.uwa.edu.au/events/yoga-on-grass-uwa


Yoga - City of Armadale
Some communities are so good that they provide free yoga in the park every week for community to join them, this is in Armadale every Monday.
Run -  Perth Urban Runners
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm you will see them at places like Claisebrook Cove, Lake Monger, Herdsman Lake, Trigg Beach, Kings Park. Run with them to enjoy the view of sunset and make yourself more fit or challenge yourself bit by bit.




Run - North Perth Running group
If you are living/working near North Perth, it is best to join them for weekdays and weekends running. Different locations are available such as Hillarys, Sorrento, Joondalup, Burns Beach, etc.

Run - Park Run
Park Run is a weekly competition on Saturday morning 8am in different regions of Perth, from Perth city, South Perth and North Perth to far out to Margaret River and Moora. They offer 5km run for participants and you just need to register online and print the bar code before the event. Challenge yourself this weekend and get some sweat on your face!


Run - Perth Run Collective
It is organized also by lululemon. They have running event every week in Perth city, Claremont and Trigg.
Get out there and run with them!



With no cost at all and you can work out with some great people, how fun does it sound? Let's leave your boring desk and sweat together with them; Stop waiting for things to happen, go out and make them happen!

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