(Our motto: Keep 'em moving!)
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Hitchhikers, which are a form of traveling letterbox, can be a fun part of the Letterboxing Hobby because finding them is so unexpected!
Classic versions of a hitchhiker consist of a stamp and a logbook in a watertight baggie often inside a box of their own. They are usually found waiting at a fixed location, a host letterbox, but sometimes they show up elsewhere! If you find a hitchhiker; you may record your find by stamping its logbook with your personal stamp and also with the stamp of its host letterbox. Then idea is to take it with you and place it with another host letterbox located somewhere else for someone else to find. Please let us know where and when you find a hitchhiker so that we may add your find to this web page with which we are charting their travels.
This is a historical list of hitchhikers travels from before Dec 1, 2005. More recent travels are now available on LbNA: Letterboxing North America" and on Atlas Quest .
You may locate hitchhikers in this list by clicking on the first letter of its name and then using your browser's FIND feature which is usually in the EDIT menu.
Another aspect of the moving letterbox game is the Hitchhiker Hostel. You can visit the hostel whenever you wish, but you may only take the hitchhiking box that is residing there if you leave another such box in its place.
Another varient is described at The PO Letterbox in Oregon
POSTAL LETTERBOXES (PLBs) come to you in the mail. Somehow, the creator of this box obtains your postal address and encloses it and others in the box along with the customary rubber stamp and logbook. Recipients of the box see your address and then know you would like the box mailed to you.
PERSONAL TRAVELERS are carried about by their creator. If you know the proper question, phrase or sometimes action to give that person, they will allow you to examine the box and place an entry in its logbook.
PARASITES seem to be hitchhikers of hitchhikers. In North America anyway. Known to be traveling:
Which Way Wasp, Termite, Lilly the Louse, Fritzy the Flea, Mosquitoe, No Seeum
By Leapin' Lizards:
Leech, Tick, Tapeworm, Bedbug, Flatworm, Mite, Roundworm
Also: Bee Bee Stinger, Grapling Hook
COOTIES are a type of letterbox where one tries to sneak around hiding the box on another person-perhaps in an open backpack or jacket pocket. Once you 'catch a cootie', you stamp in and try to pawn it off onto another unsuspecting letterboxer.