Around the World in 80… Hours

So what do I do when I am laid up in bed sick?

Well today the answer to that question  is daydream.  Daydream about travel.  Somehow my mind started thinking about the old Jules Verne novel “Around the World in 80 Days.”  For those of you unfamiliar with the basics of the book, the story is set in the late 1800’s and there is a wager whether or not a man could circumnavigate the globe in 80 days.  So using a combination of trains and steamers, Phileas Fogg took the following route.

Check out the nifty map I found at Wikipedia

Check out the nifty map I found at Wikipedia

So I thought about what that journey would look like today.  With the advent of modern air travel 80 days was ridiulously long.  8 days was plenty.  Heck even 80 hours could be done.  But suppose someone actually wanted to see an attraction or two?  Perhaps a key location on each of the continents.  What would those sights be?  Almost like the seven seven wonders of the world, but not quite.  More like six quintessential spots that stand as icons of their continent. Could a person hit six amazing locations on six continents in 80 hours?  It really depends on which locations are chosen.  Some places are much easier and quicker to get to.  That’s where you come in.  I want to know what you think.  Where would you want to go?  Below is a series of poles where you can vote for those iconic locations.  Based on the results I will try find the magic 80 hour itinerary.  So let’s get going!

North America

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

South America

The Amazon

The Amazon

Machu Piccu, Peru

Machu Piccu, Peru

Christ the Redeemer & Rio de Janiero Harbor, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer & Rio de Janiero Harbor, Brazil

Europe

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Roman Coliseum, Rome, Italy

Roman Coliseum, Rome, Italy

Big Ben, London, England

Big Ben, London, England

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Africa

Pyramids of Gize, Egypt

Pyramids of Gize, Egypt

Victoria Falls, Zambia / Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zambia / Zimbabwe

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Safari on the Seregeti

Safari on the Seregeti, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert, North Africa

Asia

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Mount Everest (Flight Seeing)

Mount Everest (Flight Seeing), Nepal

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

Australia

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Uluru / Ayers Rock, Australia

Uluru / Ayers Rock, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

So all I need is your response, some corporate sposorship, and 80 hours.

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~ by shanesthoughts on September 25, 2009.

18 Responses to “Around the World in 80… Hours”

  1. What a fantastic question to ponder! I’ve gone through the list in 1000 places to see before you die (I’ve been to about 100), but it’s hard, because there are so many great places, not all are famous or will make it into a magazine / book, and a lot of times your thoughts on the experience come from the people you travel with or the people you meet there (like our experience in Chiapas). I do thinks it’s amazing that out of the 6 things you have pictured for Africa, I’ve been to three!

  2. This is a great idea – however I think you are thinking too mainstream with your list. There are a lot of things on continents of the world that are simply ignored here, just because they don’t get as much tourism doesn’t mean that those places aren’t as much if not more essential to these continents as their more famous brothers and sisters.

    For starters, in your Africa choices, ALL of the choices are in touristy type places of Africa, what about West Africa? There is no choice for West Africa at all here.

    South America – same thing

    Australia – what about the South Pacific as a whole, there are a lot of other great countries in the South Pacific that probably whoop Australia’s ass..

    I’d like to see some diversity in choices and some more creative thinking if I’m going to take a trip around the world in 80 hours (not to mention that 80 hours is not nearly enough to actually ENJOY any of these places)

  3. beautiful

  4. I found your blog because of your pictures of Angkor Wat that I was looking up as I read a book One Year Off.
    I thank God for leading me to your blog about your trip to Chiapas. Imagine taking a year off to do work like you did in the name of Jesus. What a dream! God bless your journey

  5. Well, having been to all those places but Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef, I went with all the most popular except for my choice of Angkor Wat.

  6. Interesting informatin, I like it.

  7. I would love to see christ the redeemer, for the sole reason of it appearing in Baz Lhurmans Romeo and Juliet. I found it funny that the film being set in Verona, showing the statue as if it were in Verona beach,which we know is in Brazil.. an entirely different continent. It is a fantastic statue and, coming from the smallest province in Canada (Prince Edward island) , it amazes me. I haven’t seen anything like it, i would love to see it.
    I’ve seen the statue of liberty and The empire state building, but that would be it out of them all. They both are amazing though. Especially the empire state building, it being the second tallest building in the world, and my hometowns tallest building is.. 8 stories, (not very tall at all) and its a hotel.
    Don’t forget to go to Canada, it is truly amazing, although i’ve never been anywhere else in Canada other than the maritimes.. some Canadian i am. Be sure to make a trip to little Prince Edward Island, and make a stop to see Anne of Green Gables.

  8. I have been to 13 of the 23 places listed here and am very fond of your list it’s a good variety of climates and scenery.

  9. it’s a beutyfoul world it’s great!

  10. It has made my week to know someone else plans trips during downtime…Thanks for this post!

  11. wow, all the best with your travels. xoxo

  12. Hello. My dream is to become a TRADER and it got to do with traviling. I need some tips on how to travel. Please reply as soon as you get this message.

  13. Nice work Shane.I am planning a onceinalifetime trip with my wife and daughter next year to Asia and we stumbled on your appetising site.I can only take about 1 week off at a time so can identify with your whistlestop tour.I think you should add the Temples of Bagan in Myanmar to your Asian list.Thoroughly enjoyed your daydream.

  14. hey Shane you left out the 2km jetty found in Busselton Western Australia…also check out http://www.christianfletcher.com.au this is an awesome gallery of photos of australia

  15. Hi Shane,

    love the daydream. Have just used some of your photos as I’m making a things to do in my lifetime board to inspire me to get fit and healthy – and then go and do some of them. I’ve actaully done the flying past Everest and highly recomend it – in fact Nepal in general is a wonderful place with wonderful people. Happy daydreaming.

  16. Would love to visit Angkor Wat, was close to there in 1972, but want to go back as a tourist. Also on my ‘to see ‘ list, is , Machu Piccu, Peru and of course the ‘ Great Wall of China ‘ . Not sure which route to go yet. Have 3 to 4 months to do them all. Hope I make it. Dave..

  17. I have traveled a lot, and I can tell you that although there are great sites to see, seeing them won’t satisfy a man’s deepest longings and needs. You will still be the same person. What you need to dream about is knowing God! He can satisfy your deepest longings. Man was made to know and love God. And knowing Him allows you to really love your fellow man, and to experience love in your family. In fact, all of life questions are answered and problems are solved by knowing God.

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