Twitchhiker : How One Man Travelled the World by Twitter, Paperback Book

Twitchhiker : How One Man Travelled the World by Twitter Paperback

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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.

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. @twitchhiker I can send you to Wichita by Greyhound if that's any good...Sent 10:13 AM Mar 12th I was more or less in the exact geographical centre of a different continent, and a nameless woman some 4,000 miles east in Dublin was buying me a bus ticket...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 1 map
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9781849530743

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31 Jul 10I actually bought this (in a 3 for 2) and am quite disappointed that I did so - I was going to offer it on a BookCrossing bookring after I'd read it, but actually I can't recommend it so I'm just going to release it.It's a topic I should like - travelling the world using only Twitter to source only free lodgings and travel, but I really didn't take to the author at all. Even though he explained the reasons for some of his behaviour, and there were some amusing scenes and interesting people depicted, it just seemed really trite and shallow, with nothing much learned except that people are generally nice, and you miss your family when you're away from them.I don't know if it being my last read of 2010 made it even more disappointing; I certainly didn't need to wait till the end of the year to construct my top ten!