A 34 year old British man, came up with the idea of travelling 11000 miles while suffering post-holiday blues after spending his honeymoon in New York. He decided he would aim to get to Campbell Island, 200 miles off New Zealand’s coast, within 30 days. Rather than try to argue, his new wife offered her support.
He posted his ambitious plan on Twitter 28 days before he wanted to leave but, there was little interest until Twitter enthusiast Stephen Fry found out about him and mentioned him to his many followers.
The travel plan included:
Ferry ticket from Newcastle to Amsterdam (bought by a female tweeter)
Train to Paris (two French tweeters)
Free bed at a hostel
Train to Saarbrucken
Lift in car to Frankfurt (German tweeter)
One-way flight from Frankfurt to New York (bought by a tweeter using Air Miles)
Spare bed in hotel room (tweeter from Yorkshire)
Then travel to and stays in Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco by plane, train and car (US tweeters)
Flight to San Francisco (Zurich-based tweeter)
Car to Los Angeles
Free flight from LA to Auckland (Air New Zealand)
Ferry to South Island
Lift to tip of South Island (donated by a tweeter)
Sailed to Stewart Island
He had hoped to find a sailor to take him to his intended destination but here, at the final hurdle he failed. However, he realised he had achieved more than he could have hoped for and proven how kind and spontaneous people could be to total strangers. He 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. People were bending over backwards to help me and the trip proved to me there is a lot of good in the world.”
He has written a book called Twitchhiker, which is in the shops now.
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