How Twitter Helped Paul Smith Travel the World

Just how much can you do with Twitter? Well, Paul Smith, more commonly known by @twitchhiker, traveled from England to New Zealand using only social media, and relying on his new “friends” to put him up for the night, feed him a meal and give him a ride to his next destination. In Mediabistro’s latest “Hey, How’d You Do That?” interview, Smith talks about his original inspiration and how he got a book deal from it:

So, you knew in advance that you wanted to take this trip but, at the same time, did you always have plans of monetizing and profiting from it? 

No, not at all. I honestly didn’t do that. At the time, I was a writer but I didn’t have any intentions of writing a book. A book deal didn’t appear until six months later after I finished. By taking the trip, I lost about $3,000 in lost work and in phone bills. So the point of it wasn’t longevity, and it wasn’t to have some sort of legacy to it. It was more to just explore that spontaneity of having an idea and technology enabling it to happen instantly.

Read the full interview in Hey, How’d You Travel the World via Twitter, Paul Smith?

Sherry Yuan

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