About fifteen years ago, I was a backpacker visiting Fiji. I moved around mostly by hitchhiking which, at the time, was extremely easy to do. I have no idea if this is still the case here but I rarely see hitchhikers alongside the road in Fiji. I'm not referring to people flagging down vehicles for rides with a flick of a wrist in a vertical fan motion, though. I am referring to actual thumb in the air, walking backwards, hitchhiking. Maybe it's a foreign concept.
When we turned off the Queens Highway to head down the then-unpaved road towards Seashell Cove, the trip got a bit less comfortable but inherently more interesting. The bus was bouncing up and down over holes and people were being flown up and out of their seats. A few chickens got loose too and as a young backpacker, the whole scene was probably like a big visual orgasm to me. Talk about a cultural experience.