Have you ever read the Around the World in Eighty Days novel by Jules Verne? It is the story of a rich and reclusive British gentleman named Phineas Fogg who sets out to prove that he can travel around the world in just 80 days – while placing a £20,000 bet on it.
In the novel the trip is made mostly via rail and steamer, and is spread across eight legs. It starts by setting out from London to Suez, via Calais, Paris, Turin, and Brindisi. From there the next leg is to Bombay via Aden, and the third is to Calcutta via Allahabad.
Next up is the leg to Hong Kong, then Yokohoma via Shanghai, before finally setting out across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco in the longest leg of the trip. The penultimate leg crosses the United States to New York City, before finally embarking over the Atlantic Ocean back to London – via Queenstown, Dublin, and Liverpool.
Although many of the railway lines used in the novel don’t actually exist, it is possible to follow the route that Phineas Fogg plotted around the world fairly accurately. In fact you may be wondering how long it would take to travel around the world via the same route nowadays – with more modern modes of transportation that are much faster.
That is what the interactive travel guide below will let you see. It maps out realistic routes that you can use to recreate Phineas Fogg’s trip around the world using modern transportation.
With the travel guide you can see exactly how long it will take to make the trip in a car, train, plane, or by boat – just in case you want to complete a trip around the world of your own, and maybe even place a bet on how long it will take you.