Hitchhiking In Cyberspace

The joys--and dangers--of finding a ride home on the Web

Need a ride home for the holidays? Hitchhiking may have fallen out of favor, but a new form of ride sharing has emerged to replace it on--where else?--the Web. Today tens of thousands of Americans go online every month to stick a virtual thumb out in cyberspace, especially during holiday travel seasons.

Craigslist.org--the largest ride-sharing forum--expects to receive a 50% increase in requests from users hoping to catch a ride home for Thanksgiving dinner. And why not? As a mode of travel, it's cheap, fuel efficient and relatively safe (more on that later). Besides, says Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!