I was at school with a bit of a bright spark who later at Manchester University set up the (now defunct) crowdsurfing website youngineurope, a UGC site for young backpackers, who might well have been broke but who still wanted to explore Europe.
After being snapped up by the Guardian in his final year Benji Lanyado is now by his own admission a 27 year old ‘travel journalist for (mostly) the Guardian and (sometimes) the New York Times‘ as well as a bit of a social media guru.
Over the past year Benji has developed the ‘Twitter trip‘ or ‘twitrip’ for short – where he is parachuted into a city and people suggest where he should go via twitter. So what better way to tell me all how the magic happens than to do a little interview over twitter…
And that is where technology failed us and twitter went down….sometimes it’s still worth meeting face to face. Anyway, it’s worth watching Benji and his movements. The twitrips idea is so beautifully simple yet still so innovative and he’s got a lot more where that comes from.