Twitchhiker: How One Man Travelled the World by Twitter
One man's attempt to travel the globe in 30 days, depending solely on the generosity of strangers through Twitter
There were five rules of Twitchhiker. I can only accept offers of travel and accommodation from people on Twitter. I can't make any travel plans further than three days in advance. I can only spend money on food, drink and anything that might fit in my suitcase. If there is more than one offer, I choose which I take. If there is only one, I have to take it within 48 hours. If I am unable to find a way to move on from a location within 48 hours, the challenge is over and I go home.
Bored in the bread aisle of the supermarket one day, Paul Smith wondered how far he could get around the world in 30 days through the goodwill of users of social networking site Twitter. At the mercy of these rules, he set his sights on New Zealand—the opposite point on the planet to his home in Newcastle, England. All he had to do next was explain the idea to his new wife. In an adventure wrapped in nonsense, he traveled by road, boat, plane, and train; slept in five-star luxury and on no-star floors; schmoozed with Hollywood A-listers; and was humbled by the generosity of the thousands who followed his journey and determined its course.
Featured on -- Excess Baggage BBC Radio 4 Featured in Thomas Cook Travel 'He made it from London to New Zealand. Yet more amazing, he sounds like a decent, modest witty guy.' The Times 'Genuinely funny... easy-to-read and hard-to-put-down... it's unremitting and utterly addictive.' Real Travel 'Smith flies, sails, rides and begs his way across the globe.' Wanderlust 'I really enjoyed the book and have been spreading the word. Amazing.' -- Iain Morris, TV Producer (creator, The Inbetweeners) 'A madcap and frankly inadvisable adventure... hugely enjoyable, very funny.' -- Martin Kelner, columnist for The Guardian 'Smith is one of our true British eccentrics and should be saluted. He is fearless and possibly quite mad.' -- Alex Lester BBC Radio 2
Blogsite - twitchiker.wordpress.com Paul Smith (@twitchhiker) is a former Sony award-winning radio producer and now edits websites, blogs and builds iPhone applications. He currently has 10,000 followers on the site.