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What is Twitchhiker?

The Twitchhiker is a person, @paul_a_smith. Thatís me. Hello there. On 1st March, Iíll attempt to travel as far around the world as possible in 30 days, relying only on the goodwill of people using Twitter.

While travelling, Iíll be raising as much money as possible for charity: water.

For the love of all things holy and sacred, why?

To see if itís possible. Because it might be fun. And to raise a eye-bulgingly enormous stack of money for charity: water, a fantastic cause currently being supported by the global phenomena that is Twestival.

So what are you going to do?

The aim is to travel as far from home (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) as possible within 30 days. New Zealand is the place closest to the opposite point on the planet to my house, so that should be my intended destination. Actually, the closest landmass is at 52.546į S 169.173į E, an island barely five miles wide thatís so insignificant that Google canít be bothered to name it. If you can identify it, please let me know. Itíd be good to know where Iím aiming for.

I may spend two days sat in Newcastleís Central Station before catching the bus home, but Iím hoping that Twitterers will offer me a car ride up or down the road, a bed or sofa for the night; hopefully somebody can help me onto a standby flight or the likes of Eurostar, or maybe theyíll have a ferry ticket they canít use. If I can get out of the UK, then anythingís possible.

How will you raise money for charity: water?

People can sponsor me at Please consider that I may end up in the shower block of a Mexican jail as a result of this challenge, so Iíd prefer you were generous to a fault. The target is to raise at least £3,000, which will mean charity: water can fund a well project in a developing country.

What happens after 30 days?

I get to go home and see if Iíve been burgled.

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OwnerPaul Smith
OriginUnited Kingdom


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