Traveller enjoys hitch-free trekking holidays

7th May 2013

Egypt, South Africa, Peru, Panama, Guatemala… globetrotting Frenchman Jeremy Marie has seen them all during a series of trekking holidays with a difference.

He clocked up more than 100,000 miles around the world - without paying a penny towards his transport.

That's because Marie, 29, was a hitch-hiker, relying on the generosity of strangers to give him a free ride during his 180,000km trip spanning more than 71 countries.

Highlights included visiting the world heritage site Machu Picchu in Peru and the pyramids in Egypt, both ever-popular with lovers of group tours who prefer the security of more assured transport modes.

Describing hitching as "the best way to travel", Marie said: "It's a good way to meet people and you get to see the world from a local's point of view and see and experience things a tourist wouldn't usually be able to."

He admitted to sometimes feeling scared, but his global adventures through temperatures ranging from 50C to -20C have been snag-free.

Marie said: "There's good and bad people everywhere and so you have to be careful about who you choose to trust when you're hitch-hiking."

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