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How to Hitchhike Around Iceland's Ring Road

Fathom | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Fathom

Still an acceptable form of travel in Iceland, hitching has its perks: It's cheap and it makes meeting locals easy (and necessary).

The Cops I Met on the Open Road

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

This California Highway Patrol officer drove me to a gas station near an I-580 onramp on my San Francisco-to-New Jersey hitchhike. The trunk is open ...

A Case for Bratislava

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Abby Klinkenberg

I found it entirely different from Vienna's clinical and hyper-organized structure -- instead, it's haphazard meshing of language, architecture, and culture was entirely beautiful. The occasional peeling paint and abandoned building only added to it's distinct character.

From Amsterdam to Paris

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Abby Klinkenberg

It was the last time I will be in the Netherlands for a while -- my year in Paris is nearly finished. This trip was more a last hurrah than anything -- and last hurrahs don't end by slinking back to the city with your tail between your legs. Last hurrahs end with hitchhiking.

Hitchhiking

Jon Foreman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
Jon Foreman

The truth is, we weren't looking for a vacation, we were looking for an adventure. We were looking for that beautiful chaos -- the extraordinary feeling of anything can happen.

The Great American Road Trip

Thom Nickels | Posted 04.15.2014 | Travel
Thom Nickels

What is the great American road trip? It's when one or more people pull up roots and decide to see a part of the country. It can be a vacation road t...

Wolf's Howl Still Echoes

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 03.19.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Roadside Oil Boom North Dakota's oil boom could be seen in this farmer's field on the Bakken Formation, one of hundreds I saw along with fires burn...

Ex-Newsweek Editor Writes Memoir About Wild Hippie Hitchhiking Adventure

Howard Polskin | Posted 03.22.2014 | Books
Howard Polskin

Mid-way through my third year of college at Syracuse University, my close friend and roommate, David Noonan, announced that he was going to drop out f...

Ten Things I Learned From Hitch-hiking Around Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Travel
Ruairí McKiernan

During July 2013 I hitch-hiked around Ireland, recording people's voices and visions for the country, on what I called the 'hitching for hope' listeni...

Life Lines Cut Path to Rides

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I need to sell my year in traveling carnivals to an agent or publisher, I could use these winter months to track down leads and write that book.

Carnival Season Ends, Clock Ticks Until Next

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

My buddy Tyrone was at the office trailer window last week at this time talking to a microphone and the owner, who was behind a bullet proof windo...

Behind the Totonac Mask: Trek to Carnytown Mexicano

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Last weekend in Tlapacoyan, Mexico, Salvador Garcia Alvarez talks about his town emptying out of men each year as they go north to work in American carnivals. This time of year, they come home to families and a different world.

Risky Life and Dreams of a Tub Thug Pimp

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Game agents control the tubs game with their hustle. Earlier this year a New Hampshire man lost his entire $2,600 life savings on a tubs game. "O h...

Captain Morgan, Batman and Pursuit of Satisfaction

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.21.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I've changed sides in the carnival world, I've gone from "ride jockey" running rides to "jointee," working games.

Blink, Eureka, Aha: Inspiration in Oz, Disney World, Carnivals

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.16.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I believe traveling carnivals are worthy of study because they operate so close to the heartbeat of local epicenters -- neighborhoods, churches, commercial hubs. At that spot they increase the pulse with sights, sounds, tastes and thrills.

This Hitchhiking Otter Has A Lot Of Nerve

Posted 09.11.2013 | Green

As hard as these people try to get this pesky otter to move on, he just wants to stay in their car! At one point, he even calls shotgun and makes hims...

Kindness for Oz and His Traveling Scars

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Pool attendants, hanging prizes, blaring songs are all background as Oz tells a Brothers Grimm story, his own.

Carny Labor Day: From Beatings to a Prayer

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Even without many of the labor benefits of other jobs, I know carnies who never want to work any other way, or "be" anything else than a carny.

Carnival Crew Melting Pots: Mexicans, South Africans not "us"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carnivals are melting pots of ethnicity, with Mexicans and South Africans leading the way. The globalization of world's labor force hasn't left out carnivals.

Carnival Labor Day: Charlie Chants 'Union'

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carny John once helped his mother run a carnival but says he gave up ownership because of carnies, who describes as a class of difficult, overlooked people he loves.

Chicago, Carnivals & Cows: "Welcome to the 30"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.02.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Among its many firsts, the Chicago World's Fair featured the first Ferris Wheel and the midway layout has become a standard for carnivals. These days the burlesque shows are gone and most freak shows too, but midways remain hotspots for carnivals games and ride.

Living Road: Runners on Road for Life

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 09.28.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

So much of my time hitchhiking, I think of roads. Of Patch workers on ice roads. Of roadside running caribou. Of traveling carnival convoys. Of runners in love living their dream lives on the road. There's a lot of living on the road and some rides go far.

Happiness Living in Yellow School Bus: Postmark Pink Mountain

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 09.16.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

They aren't homeless, their home is the road, the outdoors, wherever they drive next.

Hitching the Patch: Cree Carny on Fights, Women & Childhood

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Hitchhiking the Northern Rockies "Oil Patch" region yesterday, I was picked up by an old Cree Indian with carny stories of the bygone era of his youth.

Ugly and Apache: "That's What Makes Us Stabbing Hobos"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.31.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Ugly and Apache walk the on-ramp up to me with their pit bull Molly the Dog on the end of a rope, Molly by far the cleanest.