Eight years ago, at 24, I had already spent over half a decade thumbing lifts across America and Europe on a shoestring budget. Most people think of hitchhiking as a precursor to a grisly death. But it was the most fun I knew how to have. So I sat down and wrote a guide on how to do it.
From the blog
Hostels are dry, warm, you don’t have to spend time pitching a tent and you meet more people. However, they are not free, and when you’re on a tight budget, there are cheaper alternatives.
Even though the distances you'll hike while hitchhiking are unlikely to be much more than 10-15km, knowing you can walk out of any situation is a reassuring feeling.
Don't underestimate the cold. Hitchhiking in cold weather, or hitching in winter, is a much tougher ordeal - and mistakes that would be small in warmer weather can have serious consequences.