Around the world in 80 days – the world’s coolest story

 

There have been thousands of cool stories put into print over the years, yet very few have inspired people to take on a challenge like that in “Around The World In 80 Days,” by Jules Verne. While that may not seem like much of a challenge in today’s world of flight, consider that the book was published in 1873 when such travel options were not available. The story begins with a bet made in the Reform Club where a Mr. Phileas Fogg is issued the 80 day challenge by his friends for a £20,000 wager. Again, that may not seem like a great deal of money, but today that amount would be equal to over one million pounds.

The idea for the story came with the opening of the Suez Canal, the linking of the Indian railways, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in the US. Those innovations led people to believe that circumnavigation of the globe could not just be done, but also in a time that would have been considered ridiculous before they were built. It was reading about those advancements that gave Verne the idea for the story and is the basis for the argument and ensuing bet that took place in the Reform Club. The people of that generation were really taken by the prospect of traveling the world and embarking on an adventure of such massive proportions, which may explain why the book was such a success.

The story is now considered a classic and has become the inspiration for people to try and attempt the same route that Fogg and his valet Passepartout took in the fictional tale ([intlink id=”1221″ type=”post”]top 10 most crazy adventures ever[/intlink]). There have been numerous attempts made in the years since the book was first published. These attempts have spawned further books relating the story of the traveler, but the most entertaining of those was perhaps Michael Palin’s attempt at the Phileas Fogg journey. The former Monty Python man set off from London in 1988, complete with film crew, and ended up completing the trip in 79 days. Palin did so without ever setting foot on an airplane and by traveling in boats and trains that look as though they were taken from the 1800’s, making for a very entertaining adventure indeed.

Of course you don’t have to follow the exact route laid out in the book or even stick to alternate forms of transportation in order to travel the world. Just because air travel wasn’t around back in 1873 doesn’t mean that you have to skip it now and there are in fact many travel companies that have an around the world package that you can take which is done in a lot less than 80 days. You can now have an adventure on your own terms, safe in the knowledge that all of the details are taken care of beforehand. Unlike Fogg who spent his entire time racing around the world, you will actually have time to stop and take in the sights of the places that you visit, which is one major advantage that you have over the characters in the book. It has been argued that “Around The World In 80 Days” is one of the coolest stories ever written, but now you have the chance to create a great story of your own by circumnavigating the globe and going on the adventure of a lifetime.

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