Hitchhiking is a common practice in many parts of the world, but on a boat? Unlike standing roadside with a thumb out, boat hitchhiking requires a bit more commitment, as jumping ship won’t be an option until you reach port.
The most common places for boat hitchhiking appears to be the Atlantic crossing from Europe to the Americas. The final port before embarking on the journey lies in the Canary Islands at Las Palmas. From here, sailboats travel for three weeks on the open sea. This unconventional practice doesn’t necessarily require sailing expertise, but you’ll need an open mind and serious flexibility. This account of the crossing provides practical tips and anecdotal references to the realities of the voyage. Shorter journeys in the Caribbean or South Pacific are made possible by offering one’s services on yachts and sailboats hopping between islands.