Young Turkish adventurer Yiğit Kurt has thumbed his means throughout three dozen nations, however confronted disapproval from his father for his travel type – till he satisfied dad to come alongside for the experience.
Since discovering hitch-hiking by chance whereas on a working holiday internship in a distant a part of Arizona as a college pupil, Yiğit Kurt, 27, says he has lined about 20,000 kilometres through free lifts in every little thing from luxurious vehicles to vans with no doorways. He writes about his adventures in Turkish on a weblog referred to as ‘Universal Man’. His motto on Twitter: ‘I can’t uncover the universe, however possibly the world!’
By distinction, his father, Adnan Kurt, 55, had by no means left Turkey till the 2 travelled collectively to Thailand in 2016. ‘I was always worried [about Yiğit]; I didn’t need him to hitch-hike. I assumed somebody who picked him up won’t be an excellent driver, and will get right into a crash,’ Adnan Kurt informed Lonely Planet News. ‘Yiğit was all the time speaking about hitch-hiking, after which one morning he requested me, “Do you want to try it with me?”
Surprisingly, Adnan Kurt mentioned sure.
Both males say a standout second of their travels collectively occurred en route from Phuket to Bangkok, after they had been provided a experience by a feminine truck driver. ‘In our country, women don’t actually hitch-hike and right here was this girl driving this enormous truck, and choosing up two males she didn’t know,’ Yiğit Kurt says. The driver insisted on shopping for them a meal throughout their travels, after which buying bus tickets for the ultimate leg of their journey when she needed to flip off 60 kilometres wanting Bangkok. They gave her one in every of their final packs of Turkish espresso in return. ‘My father and I could not get over this shock of goodness for a long time,’ Yiğit Kurt added.
The youthful Kurt acknowledges that not all of his hitch-hiking experiences have been optimistic. One robust night time found him left by a surly truck driver alongside a darkish street, within the pouring rain, surrounded by the sounds of barking canine.
But total, he says, he’s had many extra good experiences than unhealthy ones. ‘The people who pick me up generally love their country and you can learn a lot from them that you can’t be taught elsewhere,’ Yiğit Kurt says. He hopes sometime to hitchhike 6,000 kilometres from Istanbul to Norway to see the northern lights, whereas Adnan Kurt’s travel bucket checklist now consists of Switzerland, Spain, Norway, Morocco and Australia.
And what would the daddy say to a different guardian involved a few footloose little one? ‘Based on my experiences, I would say that they don’t want to fret,’ Adnan Kurt informed Lonely Planet News. ‘The road is full of really good people.’
To see extra of Yiğit Kurt’s adventures, take a look at his web site and Instagram account.
Words: Jennifer Hattam