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Hitchhiker Used Beer to Pay for Rides, Traveled 5,000 Miles

A hitchhiker, determined to make it to India from the UK, managed to travel 5,000 miles to his destination by using beer.

The Telegraph reports that he used the “beer in exchange for rides and accommodation.”

Nothing like hitchhiking across Europe and India to give you a thirst... http://wp.me/p4bZtc-2qh #IPAtoindia #digitalnomad #adventurehacking

65 Likes, 10 Comments - Raw Safari (@rawsafari) on Instagram: "Nothing like hitchhiking across Europe and India to give you a thirst... http://wp.me/p4bZtc-2qh..."

The inventive man, named Manny Marshall used cans of Innis & Gunn’s IPA beer as currency. His adventure started in Edinburgh and ended in the New Delhi. In total, the trip took about eight weeks. Manny writes for the blog Raw Safari which is where he first received the challenge.

Nicky is at the side window, bellowing. The van accelerates and drives away down the motorway ramp... http://wp.me/p4bZtc-2o0 #digitalnomad #hitchhiking #adventure

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Inns & Gunn teamed up with him for the trip and provided him with unlimited cans to give away. According to his blog, the trip was to pay homage to the “original IPAs of the 18th and 19th century that lasted the grueling six-month sea trip from Britain to India.” He wanted to remind people of the original journey and how the IPA beer  played a part in all of the expeditions.

IPA came into fruition because of some thirsty Brits in India http://wp.me/p4bZtc-2hU

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His adventure first took him to Greece. While he was in Athens, he boarded a flight to Mumbai and spent 900 miles traveling from Mumbai to New Delhi. According to the Telegraph, one of the highlights of his trip was sharing a beer with a newlywed couple that he met in Prague.

they thought I was some sort of nut but I managed to explain I am Australian... #IPAtoindia ... http://wp.me/p4bZtc-2j3

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Overall, it seems as though the use of beer helped him to connect with people. Those who were open enough to give him a ride were generous enough to even give him a spot to stay. Manny has been hitchhiking for 15 years, and it has been “a passion” for him.

Holy crap. It's what I've been waiting for, all these years. Somebody wants to give me free beer, and fly me around the world so I can write crazy stories about getting drunk in random places. It's the dream come true..! ... http://rawsafari.com/blog/free-beer/

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The founder of Innis & Gunn, Dougal Gunn Sharp, told the Telegraph that Manny’s adventure was “no easy task.” He added that “We’re elated that Manny has been able to share our beer with so many people from different walks of life on his journey to India.”

 

Sarah Harley is a Hufflepuff living in the NYC area. When she is not talking to random animals or collecting stickers, she is a comedy writer working in television production. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp