Brit man travels across the globe for free using TwitterAugust 2nd, 2010 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 2 (ANI): A British man has travelled across the
globe free of cost using only Twitter as he got his journey sponsored from fellow users.
Paul Smith, a freelance writer, came up with the idea while
suffering post-holiday blues after his honeymoon in New York.
He decided he wanted to try to get to Campbell Island, 200
miles off New Zealand’s coast, within 30 days.
He posted his aims on Twitter 28 days before he wanted to
leave but at first, no one noticed.
But later, Stephen Fry found out about him and mentioned
Smith to his many followers.
Tweeters from France, Germany, Zurich, Washington etc
sponsored his trip from one place to another.
This proved how kind and spontaneous people could be to
Smith also managed to be interviewed for the ‘Good Morning
America’ television breakfast show and partied with actresses Liv Tyler, Eva
Mendes and Jessica Alba in Hollywood.
After returning to his wife and nine-year-old twin sons Sam
and Jack - courtesy of another free flight from Air New Zealand - he said:
“I was almost there, but not quite.
“But my main aim was to get as far around the world as I
could in 30 days. When I gazed across the sea towards Campbell Island I didn’t
feel like a beaten man,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
“People were bending over backwards to help me and the
trip proved to me there is a lot of good in the world,” he added.
Smith has written a book called ‘Twitchhiker,’
which is out now. (ANI)
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