Author Jules Verne encouraged wanderlust in us all when he published his legendary novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Written in 1873, the book tells the story of Phileas Fogg as he attempts to circumnavigate the Earth. Although not impossible, this type of excursion is still a massive undertaking even today, but Airbnb is making it easier by figuring out the logistics—from lodging to meals to transportation to activities.
The company has recently launched Airbnb Adventures, which are hosted journeys that employ expert local hosts to plan “wildly unique adventures” you’ll enjoy in groups of two to ten travelers. The hosts handle all the details, so you just need to come ready to experience a new facet of our amazing world.
In celebration of Airbnb Adventures, they are offering a trip Around the World inspired by Verne’s writing. You’ll depart for 80 days (of course) and trek to 18 countries across six continents that include Uzbekistan, Romania, Ethiopia, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Iceland, Chile, and the United States. At each locale, you’ll experience the culture and traditions of these places, and the local hosts will take you to must-see sites as well as those that are less traveled. Along the way, you’ll stay in a combination of hotels, boats, homes, campsites, and eco-lodges.
The 1956 film adaptation of Around the World in Eighty Days featured hot air balloon travel, so of course, this will be included on your trip; you’ll take to the skies while in Kenya. So, are you even more eager to pack your bags? The trip is available to book on Thursday, June 20 and costs $5,001. It departs and ends in London, from September 1 to November 19, 2019.
h/t: [Mental Floss]