Forget 80 Days—Here’s How to Go Around the World in 80 Hours

a woman stands at a lookout taking photos of a gorge in China

With tales of hopping between trains and navigating the open waters, Around the World in 80 Days has inspired travelers for over 150 years to create the ultimate journey of their own. But in reality, who has the money (or 12 weeks of vacation time) to take off and travel the world?

So, forget 80 days. If you’re eager to walk 40,765 miles in Phileas Fogg’s shoes, then you can recreate his epic adventure in just 80 hours.

And whether you’re traveling by planes, trains, or automobiles, you won’t want to miss these unforgettable cities along the way!

1. Cairo, Egypt

The Ancient Pyramids of Giza
The Ancient Pyramids of Giza

Your expedition starts in London, where you’ll hop on your first flight to Egypt. Spend an unforgettable morning trekking the desert dunes on camelback with the Great Pyramid of Giza and Sphinx as your backdrop.

And as you make cruise along the Nile, you’ll see ancient temples and tombs like the Valley of Kings and the village of Dayr al-Madinah.

2. Bombay (Mumbai), India

Gateway of India
Gateway Of India. Photo credit: saiko3p on

Your next stop is India, and as you touch down in Mumbai, it’s time to explore the ancient, cave temples on Elephanta Island. This intricate site is a labyrinth of stone shrines, grand halls, and column pillars that were carved into the sides of two moss-covered hills over 1,500 years ago.

Just beware of the resident monkeys that wander around. These little pickpockets may look sweet and innocent, but they’ll steal your lunch or wallet if given a chance!

3. Hong Kong

Hong Kong's market at night
There’s the best mix of a chaotic city and adventures in nature in Hong Kong.

From there, you’ll venture to Hong Kong, a region studded with modern high rises and towering skyscrapers as far as the eye can see. Climb to the top of Hong Kong’s highest mountain, Victoria Peak, for sweeping views of the chaotic, neon city below.

And when the sun sets, you’ll have to opportunity wave goodbye to the sparkling, neon skyline as you cross over the East China Sea.

4. Yokohama, Japan

Being an English teacher in Japan opens many doors to seeing the country.

Over the past few centuries, Yokohoma has transformed from a sleepy fisherman port to a bustling, seaside town. And in the middle of the city sits Sankeien Gardens, a serene slice of paradise filled with pagoda temples and lotus ponds.

You can also enjoy a traditional tea ceremony during your visit. With a cup of matcha in your hand and the wind rustling through your hair, all your worries and tensions will slowly melt away.

5. New York City, USA

New York City Skyline
New York City Skyline

Your whirlwind of a trip wraps up in the United States. And what better way to end your journey than in the most cultural and diverse city in the world?

New York City is a vibrant mix of artists, immigrants, stock brokers, and everything in between. And as you sit on the banks of New York Harbor gazing at the Statue of Liberty, you’ll soak in the beauty of such a dynamic and electric place.

Circumnavigating the world may seem like a complicated task, but in this day and age, it’s entirely possible. And while you’re hopping between cities, villages, and countries, you can see the best of what this crazy planet has to offer.

Of course, we recommend taking a few extra days to enjoy your surroundings. But that’s the best part about traveling. The world is yours to see as little or as much as you desire!

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