Ludovic Hubler

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Ludovic Hubler
Born 11 September 1977
Bar-le-Duc, Meuse


Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Notable works Le Monde en stop
Notable awards Pierre Loti

Ludovic Hubler is a French traveller, most famous for his 5-year tour of the world completed entirely by hitchhiking (car, boat, etc.). He wrote the travelbook Le Monde en stop, rewarded by the 2010 Pierre Loti award.



Born on September 11, 1977, Ludovic Hubler is the son of Monique and Jacques Hubler and the brother of the consultant Eric Hubler and the photograph Marc Hubler. Passionate about football and geography, he grew up in Wasselonne and Obernai in the Alsace region in eastern France. In June 2002, he graduated from EM Strasbourg Business School with a Master of Science in Management.

Tour of the world by hitchhiking[edit]

At the end of his Master's program, believing that discovering the realities of the world was a valuable pre-requisite to entering the work world, Ludovic Hubler decided to start a tour of the world using hitchhiking as his only means of transportation.

This adventure, which he baptized his, "life Phd", lasted 5 years during 2003-2008. From "sail-boat hitchhiking" to cross the Atlantic and the Pacific, to "ice breaker hitchhiking" to reach Antarctica; from crossing the Sahara desert or visiting countries as notorious as Colombia and Afghanistan, Ludovic used his thumb in all kinds of improbable and difficult to imagine situations.

His encounters were as numerous as they were diverse. Among the most striking is his meeting with the 14th Dalai Lama, who received him in his hometown Dharamshala (India) in 2007 but so were some of the thousands of students in all corners of the world with whom he shared his story.

Totalling the 5 years, the 170,000 kilometers travelled, the 59 countries visited, the hundreds of lectures given and recalling gratitude for the help of over 1,300 drivers gives an idea of the richness of Ludovic's trip - an adventure that was shared on a daily basis with pediatric cancer patients at the Hospital of Strasbourg, back home in Strasbourg, France.

Hitchhiking in the tribal zones of Pakistan near the Afghan border

After the tour[edit]

Ludovic Hubler now lives in Menton and works as Head of Programmes and Field Operations for Peace and Sport, L'organisation pour la paix par le sport placed under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

He continues to regularly give lectures sharing his journey and what he learned on the road. Ludovic Hubler is now married to Panamanian native Marisol Richards Espinosa, whom he met during the trip in September 2005, as he hitchhiked through Panama.


  • 2009 : Le Monde en stop, 5 années à l'école de la vie, éditions Géorama. 2010 Pierre Loti award, rewarding the best travel book of the year 2009.


Tour of the world by hitchhiking[edit]



Peace and Sport[edit]

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