When the novel by Jules Vernes was first published in 1873, it was a gripping tale about Philieas Fogg of London and Passepartout, his French valet and how they go off to win a £20,000 bet by proving that they could go around the world in 80 days. At that time it seemed to be an astounding and near impossible task. Not so in today’s generation. If you have a few months and some extra cash to spare, you can easily travel the world in 80 days, the most difficult part will be choosing what countries and cities you want to explore. Do you want adventure? Or do you want to soak in the culture of ancient civilizations and relive great historical moments?
Let us assume that like Philieas Fogg you will also be starting your journey in London, so visiting some of the tourist spots in the city is obviously a must, make the time to check out a few fun and neat places like Ripley’s London, Buckingham Palace, or Trafalgar Square.
As you depart from London, you could fly down to Asia and travel through places like Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. If you want to check out some of the 7 Wonders of the World, make sure to stop at India and China to check out the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.
After a stop in Australia and New Zealand, you can go around the world and arrive at Canada to explore the beautiful mountains of British Columbia, and the surreal beauty of Banff, Calgary. Before deciding to head down to South America, make sure to stop at some of America’s most beautiful and glamorous cities like San Francisco, home of the stunning Golden Gate Bridge and Los Angeles. Check out Hollywood and maybe run into some celebrities as you stroll along Rodeo Drive. If your schedule allows, make a stop at New York City, the city that never sleeps and pay a visit to Madam Libertas and try to check out the Niagara Falls before you’re ready to head out to your next stop.
Take in some carnivals in Brazil, discover the ancient secrets of the famous Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peruor explore the Amazon rainforest. Visit some volcanoes in the Andes and head on over to Africa, which is a short plane ride away from South America. You can go on a safari and see some of Africa’s most exotic animals from up close, visit the Pyramids of Egypt, and take a cruise on the Nile River before heading back towards the Europe.
As you travel through these lovely and exotic places, do not forget to taste the delicious delicacies these places have to offer!
A final pit stop in the Middle East will allow you to go for a swim in the Dead Sea in Jordan or the Mediterranean Sea in Lebanon. Visit the stately Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia in the vibrant city of Istanbul. Pick up some souvenirs (but not too much) along the way in the colourful Middle-Eastern markets and bazaars. As you embark on the final leg of your journey, head towards Europe and discover the charming country of Croatia dubbed as being ‘heaven on earth’ by George Bernard Shaw. Go for a moonlit gondola ride in Venice and shop in the famous Piazza San Marco and visit the birthplace of the Renaissance Period, Florence, visit the museums, take in the city’s history, and beautiful architecture evident throughout.
Visit the Greek Islands and spend a few relaxing days lounging on the beach and swimming in pristine, clear waters. Pop over to Spain and maybe take part in the Running of the Bulls and visit the Eiffel Tower and l’Arc du Triomphe in France, and before you head back to London, try to squeeze in Geneva, Switzerland and maybe even stop by Russia to see what their winters are all about. At long last, when you are finally ready, come back home.
After having read this, if you are itching to pack up your life and get going on this life changing and wonderful adventure then check out Lonely Planet’s neat article with advice on how to get started and tips on how to travel the world in 80 days (which is very much possible).