1. The classic one
This is great and easy. You don’t need any props, just your thumb. It’s perfect when you want to travel to the closest village or city. Simply place yourself at a favorable point by the roadside. Raise your right arm and your thumb up. Stand against the driving direction and smile.
2. With a sign
If you want to travel somewhere further, or if the road leads into many different directions, you should make a sign. You will need a pen and some paper. If you want to make a professional hitchhiking sign, get some scotch tape and carton. Glue your paper/ papers to the carton and write your destination on it with big, bold letters. Use a visible, contrasting color, like black on white paper. You can plan ahead your trip thinking of all the stops you will make and have all the destination signs ready.
After your sign is ready, get ready for some quality hitchhiking. Place yourself by the side of the road and hold your sign so that drivers can see it. You don’t need to make the hitching sign anymore, because the sign says it all.
3. Asking drivers
This third method is a bit different than the two listed above, because it implies you having a bit of conversation with the drivers before getting in the car and traveling with them. You wait at a gas station, resting place, or at traffic lights and there you approach drivers and ask them whether they drive into your direction. If you look and sound harmless, and if they are going in the same direction as you, the odds are in your favor. Few drivers would just say “no” to your face, especially if you seem nice and ask them kindly to take you.
This is the most successful way of getting a ride, even though it can be difficult at first to approach strangers and talk to them.