Around the World in Eighty Days

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.

around the worldHere’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
steamboats
From Suez to Bombay, by steamer – 13 days.
From Bombay to Calcutta, by rail – 3 days.
From Calcutta to Hong Kong, by – 13 days.
steamer
From Yokohama to Francisco, – 6 days.
by steamer
From San Francisco to New York, – 7 days.
by rail
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. ■

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