Around the World in Eighty Days is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet, Passepartout, attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. The proposed itinerary takes them by rail and steamer around the world.
The Proposed Schedule
|London to Suez||rail and steamer||7 days|
|Suez to Bombay||steamer||13 days|
|Bombay to Calcutta||rail||3 days|
|Calcutta to Hong Kong||steamer||13 days|
|Hong Kong to Yokohama||steamer||6 days|
|Yokohama to San Francisco||steamer||22 days|
|San Francisco to New York City||rail||7 days|
|New York to London||steamer and rail||9 days|
In the best known film version David Niven (as Phileas Fogg) and Cantiflas (as Passepartout) engage the same wager but conduct the journey by hot air balloon.
Today, you can fly around the world by private jet as part of a National Geographic excursion on a twenty four day world tour for a mere $68,000 USD (per person). It starts and ends in Washington, DC on a whirlwind journey:
The Proposed Schedule
|Washington, DC||NA||1 day|
|Machu Picchu||SA||3 days|
|Easter Island||Pacific||2 days|
|Great Barrier Reef||Australia||2 days|
|Angkor Wat||Asia||2 days|
|Chengdu, LLasa||Asia||3 days|
|Taj Mahal||Asia||2 days|
|Serengeti Plain||Africa||2 days|
|Luxor, Giza (the pyramids)||Africa||2 days|
Now I have to admit that, other than Washington, DC, I have not been to any of the other places but would dearly like to go. (To be more precise, as a bad traveler, I would like to have been.) However, until I win the lottery or get that inheritance from my long lost Uncle Louie, I will rely on the internet and the blogosphere to provide at least a virtual experience. Hence, eighty seconds versus eighty days.
Personally, if I had the money, I think that I would select something akin to the hot air balloon for the trip rather than a private jet. Perhaps a modern day dirigible, which I would dub The Curigible.
If you got to devise your own personal around-the-world trip, where would you go and by what means would you travel?