… LET THE JOURNEY CONTINUE TO FLY AFTER LANDING

Ever since I started paragliding, there has been nothing more exciting than gaining altitude in a thermal and heading for the unknown. But after landing, I needed to get back to my car. Or home. After cross-country flights, frequently hitchhiking was the only solution.

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When I was a student, I used to hitchhike a lot. My longest trips lead to France and back. I travelled this way domestically as well. At first, I would just stand on the roadside and stick my thumb out. Sooner or later someone pulled over, and after a couple transfers I was usually able to reach my destination. Of course, it wasn’t out of the ordinary to wait for a long time. Or for a very long time. After a while, it occured to me that I should display my destination (or the name of a place in between, if I thought that my chances are better that way) on a piece of cardboard.  Well, this proved to be more effective. Now that I’ve started to hitchhike again, I’ve developed a tool that makes it easier.

Gimmelift is a simple, lightweight, and foldable tool that lets you quickly display your destination. Just arrange the letters in the plastic sleeves to spell the name of the town you are heading to. If the name is short, keep the rest of the sleeves folded up. If you have Gimmelift, you can skip the roadside scrawling of improvised cardboard signs.

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A driver’s willingness to give you a ride is influenced by several factors. You probably can’t do much about your gender and age, but you are in control of some other details that can prompt a driver to hit the brakes. First, pay attention to your appearance and body language: don’t wear sunglasses and get your hands out of your pockets to avoid looking suspicious.

Second, make sure the driver knows where you are heading.

People prefer to act in situations where it is very likely that their acting makes sense. The driver is more likely to stop if he knows that you are heading in the same direction.

Holding a nice and distinct sign that indicates where you are traveling will have two effects. First, you are starting a purposeful, albeit nonverbal, communication. You not only make it known that you want to travel, but also where you want to go. Second, a high quality sign will imply that you are a conscientious and mindful person. People tend to trust those more. Effective communication and a positive impression will help you gain the driver’s trust towards you.

hitch-hiking girl with gimmeift

The hallmark of Gimmelift is its outstanding visual quality. It is aesthetically pleasing and legible from a large distance. It is also easy to manipulate: instantly spell out your destination on the roadside and simply stash it in your pocket once you hitched a ride.

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Our customers told about Gimmelift

If you have used Gimmelift and would like to share your own hitchhiking experience, we would be delighted to hear about it.

Attach a cool picture illustrating how you use Gimmelift, and we will be happy to post it here or on our Facebook page, with your consent of course.

gimmelift@gmail.com

If you have used Gimmelift and would like to share your own hitchhiking experience, we would be delighted to hear about it.

Attach a cool picture illustrating how you use Gimmelift, and we will be happy to post it here or on our Facebook page, with your consent of course.

gimmelift@gmail.com