Twitchhiker – around the world in kindly Tweets

Now here's a novel fundraising idea. Travel round the world using only the goodwill of fellow Twitterers. That's exactly what @twitchhiker plans to do

Now here's a novel fundraising idea. Travel round the world using only the goodwill of fellow Twitterers. That's exactly what @twitchhiker plans to do in order to raise money for Charity: Water

Stephen Fry has just alerted all his Twitter followers to Paul Smith's epic quest today, and momentum is building already – his followers have already doubled in an hour.

There are certain rules involved – only offers of lifts, train tickets, donkey rides, accommodation etc made via Twitter will be accepted, and he'll make no plans further than three days in advance.

The aim is to get to the point that's as far away from Newcastle as possible – an island barely five miles wide off the coast of New Zealand.

This bold (and some may say insane) quest will begin on March 1st, for more info, check out twitchhiker.com