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Is hitch-hiking coming back?
All sorts of things are coming back as the recession forces us to cut back spending and, in some cases, change our habits quite radically.
Take Spam, for example. This deeply unlovely but cheap pork luncheon meat died a death after World War Two and was thankfully never heard of again apart from in the classic Monty Python song. Now it’s back and flying off the shelves by all accounts.
Allotments are also going great guns, with news this week that there’s a waiting list of 40 years in some parts of London.
And now hitch-hiking seems to be making a tentative return.
After the heady years of the 1960s and 1970s, hitching dropped out of fashion as car ownership took off and the view took hold that anyone standing by the road with their thumb stuck out must, by definition, be a murdering psychopath.
Most of them were, of course, but some were just savouring the joy of the open road and getting from A to B, from home to college or down to the rock festival for free.
A lot of the best hitching spots — like laybys just after roundabouts — have long since disappeared in road improvement schemes but there must still be a few good ones around. Any recommendations?
Do you think hitching could ever come back? Would you be prepared to offer a ride?