Today, to travel around the world can be as simple as taking a few international flights in airplanes. During Jules Verne’s time, however, traveling around the world is not as simple. In his famous novel, he demonstrates how this can done by means of “steamers, railways, carriages, yachts, trading vessels, sledges, [and] elephants.” And no, unlike some film adaptations, the novel’s main characters didn’t use any hot air balloon.
Here’s the route that was more or less followed by Mr. Phileas Fogg and Passepartout in the novel:
From London to Suez via Mont – 7 days.
Cenis and Brindisi, by rail and
From Suez to Bombay, by steamer – 13 days.
From Bombay to Calcutta, by rail – 3 days.
From Calcutta to Hong Kong, by – 13 days.
From Yokohama to Francisco, – 6 days.
From San Francisco to New York, – 7 days.
From New York to London, by – 9 days.
steamer and rail
Total – 80 days. (p.22)
If given a chance, I’d travel the old way rather than spend a day or two dozing in the sky. ■