Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

Categories: World

34-year-old Anna Bakran hitchhiked alone in 25 countries — from her native Croatia to the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. She spent three years and eight months on the road. The woman was picked up by cars, trucks, motorcycles, ferries, sailing boats, fishing boats and even a helicopter, and in Kyrgyzstan she saddled a horse. Anna slept in temples, on the carpet in mosques, in parks and in the homes of local residents. Several times she could have been injured by drivers, but everything went well.

(15 photos in total)

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free Source: Daily Mail

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

The route of the trip.

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

Anna is on a boat heading from the Polynesian island of Maupiti to Bora Bora.

In 2013, Anna quit an Internet marketing company and challenged herself to travel around the world, spending as little money as possible. She described the journey in a blog. The woman says she is used to "sleeping on the move": "On beaches, at gas stations, in mosques and temples, in cheap motels and in countless homes of local residents who invited me to come in. I'm not too picky when I'm tired. The main thing is to feel safe."

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

The beginning of the journey, Southern Croatia.

During the trip, Anna slept on the floor with 63 orphaned children in Thailand, on a millionaire's yacht in Montenegro's Porto Montenegro and even under a tree in the Turkish Taksim Gezi Park at the very time when there were protests.

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

A mountain on the island of Raiatea in French Polynesia.

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

When Anna arrived in Australia, it was so cold there that she had to catch a car in a sleeping bag.

Anna traveled almost for free: "I had to pay only a few times. For example, the border guards in Turkmenistan and China did not allow me to pass between two checkpoints to enter the country until I paid for the border bus."

At first she caught cars with a company, but then she dared to do it alone: "I promised myself that I wouldn't do it, but this way the cars stopped much faster, and the locals were more willing to help me." Of course, security had to be paid for these amenities.

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

"It happened that I got stuck on the road the devil knows where or found myself in delicate situations with men. I was suddenly shown a penis, touched by the knees or not let out of the car. But I was never hurt, because I remained calm and talked to the drivers — sometimes I threatened them with pepper spray.

I don't think they were bad men. They probably just made the wrong conclusions from the fact that I am a woman and hitchhiking alone. I hope they will learn from their mistakes. Not a single such case discouraged me from hitchhiking, and 99% of the trips were just fine."

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

In Iran and other Muslim countries, Anna had the most problems with the men she met.

But Anna claims that at the same time, it was in this part of the world that "incredible hospitality and kindness" were shown: "I will never forget how we traveled with an Iranian and a British Pakistani. Every time we stayed on the road at night, we had to find a mosque to sleep in. We behaved respectfully and slept only on the carpet, where the locals put their shoes. In turn, when they came to pray before dawn, they never woke us up and did not drive us away."

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

Pamukkale, Western Turkey.

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

Pamukkale is famous for its thermal springs and magnificent white slopes.

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

Maupiti Island.

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

The photo on the left was taken in Kyrgyzstan, on the right — in Singapore.

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

A tribe on the island of Pentecost (part of the Republic of Vanuatu).

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

Anna's longest journey lasted seven months — it was a boat trip from Malaysia to Australia. She joined the crew after learning that the Australian captain needed a team to get home. "I was looking for a boat to get to Australia, so we were just made for each other."

Hitchhiking around the planet: a woman alone drove 70 thousand kilometers almost for free

Anna flew away from Australia by helicopter. Here's how she did it: "I contacted a charter company in Western Australia and told them about myself. After looking at the path I had traveled, they agreed to give me a lift. I just had to wait until there was a place. 45 minutes is nothing compared to the hours I usually spent on the road.

Anna plans to return to French Polynesia and drive around Tuamotu and the Marquesas Islands, and there write a memoir about her journey.

Keywords: Australia | Hitchhiking | Free | Iran | Loneliness | Turkmenistan | Turkey | Croatia

Recent articles

Pleasure Garden: the life of the regulars of swinger clubs
Pleasure Garden: the life of the regulars of swinger clubs

Austrian photographer Rainer Ridler has been shooting swinger and fetish clubs in his homeland, Tokyo and Munich, for more than a ...

Smoke with a rocker: how smoking competitions were held in the USA of the 50s
Smoke with a rocker: how smoking competitions were held in ...

In the old days, smokers lived much more freely: they did not expel them from public places, they did not frighten them with ...

That's our way — beer yoga conquers the world
That's our way — beer yoga conquers the world

No, your eyesight does not fail you, you read everything correctly. Having started its march with the famous Burning Man festival, ...

Related articles

The world's first dance show for completely naked viewers took place in Sydney
The world's first dance show for completely naked viewers ...

The world's first dance show with naked dancers for exactly the same unfettered audience took place as part of the Sydney Festival. ...

In Kansas, they built free homes for veterans who have nowhere to live
In Kansas, they built free homes for veterans who have ...

Members of The Veterans Community Project in Kansas city are trying to improve the lives of American veterans. Thanks to the ...

The internet is going crazy for these photos: the world's first baby spa
The internet is going crazy for these photos: the world's ...

After a long day, you need a warm bath and a good massage to relieve fatigue and tension, especially if you are a baby. An unusual ...