|country = of Georgia
|map = <map lat='42.277' lng='43.824' zoom='6' view='3'/>
|language = Georgian is the official language.
The west of the country speaks Mengrelian or Svan. Russian is universally understood.
|capital = [[Tbilisi]]
|pop = 4,774,4732
|hitch = <rating country='ge' />
'''Georgia''' is a country in [[Western Asia]], that borders [[Turkey]], [[Armenia]], [[Azerbaijan]] and [[Russia]].
A part of Georgia in the North -West is the de-facto independent though scarcely recognized state called [[Abkhazia]].
Hitching in Georgia is most of the time
easy! Short waits and very friendly people. Road conditions in some places are quite bad so it can take some time but in most of cases there are renovated roads. Spots are very easy to find, just head in the right direction and you will find a suitable place to stand. Sometimes luck isn't on your side though and you have to wait for a while . And the only cars who will stop for you are Marshrutka's who are expecting payment. But stay patient! Eventually someone will stop for you. Older people rarely speak English , they speak Russian but youngsters are speaking English (in most of cases in big cities ; in villages youngsters are speaking only Georgian ). And a few phrases in Russian can be handy (or even better in Georgian !).
== Getting in ==
Citizens of EU, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries don't need visa to enter and stay
on the territory of Georgia for 360 days.
When arriving from west, your likely point of entry to the country will be [[Sarp-Sarpi border crossing]] with [[Turkey]] on the Black Sea coast. That border crossing has
a steady traffic and it's possible to cross the border on foot.* There is another crossing a bit further east, from Türkgözü to [[Akhaltsikhe]]. Although the Turkish border road is large and in good quality, the road from the border to Akhaltsikhe is a really bad dirt-road. Wouldn't recommend this border, although the police there are very friendly and will help you get a ride.
If you are going to [[Armenia]] you have to cross Sadakhlo border, it's possible to walk over the checkpoint and the border police
Since July 2011 it is also possible to cross the border to/from Russia for all citizens at the [[Verkhny Lars-Darial Gorge border crossing]].
Foreigners with a valid Entry Permit can enter [[Abkhazia]] from Georgia, but have to
leave it as well via Georgia. Travelling from Russia through Abkhazia towards Georgia is impossible, as you' re then already regarded as illegal in Georgia.
== Sleeping ==
== Food ==
It's hard to be hungry in Georgia.
Easy to find delicious and very cheap food in every city, in small villages you will be often invited by locals.
== Climate ==
Summer can be
really hot in Georgia . Temperature is around 35-40°C so you need a lot of water , which isn't problem to find (majority of Georgians use tap water ) and security from the sun.
Winter is quite cold and snowy, especially the north
part of Georgia.
== Using police cars ==