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 4 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. All he had to do next was explain the idea to his new wife.
In an adventure wrapped in nonsense and cocooned in daft, he travelled by road, boat, plane and train, slept in five-star luxury and on no-star floors, shmoozed with Hollywood A-listers and was humbled by the generosity of the thousands who followed his journey and determined its course.
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The Sun newspaper and website, 2nd August 2010
Metro website, 2nd August 2010
Yahoo news and travel pages, 2nd August 2010
Thomas Cook Travel magazine, August/September/October 2010 issue
‘He made it from London to New Zealand. Yet more amazing, he sounds like a decent, modest witty guy. And only very occasionally like a Web2.0 irritant. Promise.’
‘It started in the bread aisle of Tesco and ended on an island off New Zealand – the amazing story of how Paul Smith travelled the world for free using...
‘This is a skilful travelogue weaving our shiny, de-rigueur digital work with that clunky, old-fashioned real one. It’s frighteningly wholesome stuff, with unbridled optimism about the inherent kindness of humanity.’
‘I didn't follow the twitchhiking as it happened, but I really enjoyed the book and have been spreading the word. Amazing.’
‘A madcap and frankly inadvisable adventure... hugely enjoyable, very funny.’
‘Smith is one of our true British eccentrics and should be saluted. He is fearless and possibly quite mad. A brilliant idea that works out brilliantly – I was with...
‘Smith flies, sails, rides and begs his way across the globe.’
‘Genuinely funny... easy-to-read and hard-to-put-down... will appeal just as much to the footloose and fancy free as it will to anyone who’d simply like their faith in humanity restored... It...
‘@Twitchhiker travelled the world with Twitter for free... sounds unbelievable, but it actually worked!... All it took was one tweet, a little trust and Paul was off to travel.’
'former radio producer and popular tweeter Paul Smith travelling across the world to New Zealand for free through the offers of people on Twitter.’