[quote:8d355b810e="MrTweek"]Cool, I am planning something similar. Actually, I want to hitchhike from Germany to Australia
I did quite some research on the route. The land borders of Burma are closed for foreigners, which will make it rather difficult to go via middle east/India. You'd have to cross the mountains to Tibet.
The easiest way is surely vie the Baltics - Russia - China.
I plan to go via Turkey - Azerbaijan - Kazakhstan - Russia - China, and then down through south east asia.
But yeah, middle east is surely an interesting place
I heard so many good things about it.
Make sure you know about the visas. This can be complicated sometimes.
I give you some quick hints:
* Many arabic countries won't let you enter, if you have an israeli stamp in your passport.
* Getting into Turkmenistan seems something between "much of a hassle" and "impossible", so try to avoid that.
* There is no way from Georgia or Azerbaijan in direction north (borders closed), but a ferry from Baku (AZ) to Aqtau (KZ).
When do you want to go?
[quote:8d355b810e]Personally I would not go anywhere near the middle east. I have heard of pirates on the sea and abductions for ransom on land. They think because you are from the west that you or your family must be loaded. I understand that [EDIT] can be hostile towards westerners too. It seems like a real shady place that I would not want to spend much time in. I do want to fly to isreal at some
Point but I would never hitch through there. Not after the stuff I have heard from realiable sources. It is ruff out there and a individual lookiing like he is from the west with a large pack and a big smile may not raise healthy attention in the backwoods of the middle east right now.[/quote:8d355b810e]
Sorry, but that is complete bullshit. Despite the fact that "middle east" is not like a village, but a lot of countries, most of them are absolutely safe.
Pirates should not harm any hitchhiker going overland and "ransom abduction" are not a common problem there.
I found that especially in Middle East countries, when they think you are rich, they don't steal or rob you, but at the worst try to rip you off when you buy something. Still the majority would not even do that without feeling ashamed and that is surely something you can deal with.
Really, New Orleans, Barcelona or Rome are probably much more dangerous than Tehran or Aleppo.[/quote:8d355b810e]