by BizzyBee

The Amazing Story Of How One Man Travelled The World, Using Only The Power Of Twitter!

Who Is The Twitchhiker?

Who is this Twitchhiker?


Who on earth would consider trying to travel as far as possible across the world in 30 days using only the power of Twitter and the milk of human kindness, while at the same time making money for charity?


Freelancer and Blogger Paul Smith, from Gateshead, in the north east of England, that's who.


Supermarket Blues

While being stressed out and fed up one busy Saturday afternoon at his local supermarket in January 2009, Paul contemplates the inklings of an idea he had a few years previously.


An idea to make an epic journey and a huge leap of faith.


He would travel the world by Twitter.


After rushing off home, forgetting most of his groceries and narrowly avoiding an accident, he plays with this great idea and comes up with 5 rules for his adventure.

The Five Rules Of Twitchhiker

  1. I can only accept offers of travel and accommodation from people on Twitter
  2. I can't make any travel plans further than three days in advance
  3. I can only spend money on food, drink and anything that might fit in my suitcase
  4. 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
  5. 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

The First Tweet Is The Deepest

Paul then sets up his Twitchhiker Blog outlining his idea and rules.


He also sets up his Twitchhiker Twitter Account.


He then makes an account at the Just Giving website and sets a target for £3,000 for 'Charity Water', a non-profit organisation that provides safe drinking water to communities in developing nations.


Paul then makes his announcement to the world on February 2nd 2009, with the intention of setting off on March 1st 2009. His aim is to travel to Campbell Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 600 kilometres off the southernmost tip of New Zealand.


Is he crazy? What has he done?

Go Twitchhiker, Go!

Paul tells this fascinating tale with such biting humour and acute observation that it will make you laugh (most of the time) and well up with tears (just occasionally).


You will be rooting for Paul right from the start of this book. His is a story of courage and faith. He had a brilliant idea and most importantly, he took action on it.


Paul tells us not only about his journey, but about the people he meets along the way, all essential to his plan and all connected by a common bond: Twitter.

He also reveals his on-going battle with Bi-Polar Disorder and how it has affected his life and the lives those closest to him.


Along the way, Paul discovers some very personal truths and priorities for his life.


Does Paul Smith make it to Campbell Island?

Can one man travel the world using nothing but Twitter?


You wouldn't want me to spoil that for you surely?

Go buy the book and enjoy the fun, the inspiration and the guts of Twitchhiker!

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Updated: 06/04/2011, BizzyBee
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JoHarrington on 11/23/2012

This sounds brilliant! I'm going to find this out and read it.

tandemonimom on 06/15/2011

This sounds amazing! I'd love to read the Twitchhiker.

RhondaAlbom on 06/08/2011

What an interesting concept. Twitchhikers are pretty brave .

petunia on 06/03/2011

I do want to read this one!!!!!!!! I cannot imagine daring to try such a thing, but I am glad he did - I think. I don't know the final results, but what a fascinating study of human nature! wow!

chefkeem on 06/03/2011

Fascinating story. I'll get the book when I'm caught up answering forum and support questions on Wizzley. :)

WebWriter on 06/03/2011

Great story. Brilliant idea Paul came up with.

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