Monday 19 August 2019

Globetrotters get the chance to go around the world in 80 days

The re-imagining of the classic Jules Verne tale will see Airbnb enable some travellers to trace the literary steps of Phileas Fogg.

A hot air balloon over London (David Mirzoeff/PA)
A hot air balloon over London (David Mirzoeff/PA)

By Katie Campione, Associated Press

A lucky few will be able to live the adventures of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s classic Around The World In 80 Days in a venture hosted by Airbnb.

A small number of guests will travel across 18 countries using eight modes of transport, including a hot air balloon, to promote a new collection of available bookings called Airbnb Adventures.

The experience is meant to mirror Fogg’s journey from exploring the Galapagos islands to hiking mountain ranges in Australia, said Joe Zadeh, Airbnb’s vice president of experiences.

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Planet Earth (American Institute of Biological Sciences/Nasa/PA)

“We thought that the notion of circumnavigating the globe and visiting all these different cultures and communities in 80 days is just a really fun and interesting premise,” he said.

Starting on June 20, guests can book the 80-day trip, which comes with a price tag of 5,000 US dollars and includes all travel, lodging, activities and meals.

Guests will depart from London on September 1 2019.

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A group of hungry pelicans at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, on the Galapagos Islands (John Stillwell/PA)

The company did not say how many of the packages would be available.

Mr Zadeh said the company chose to recreate the story of Around The World In 80 Days because it encompasses the spirit of the new programme, focused on giving travellers an experience that is difficult to find anywhere else, especially for the price tag.

“We really want to make the point that adventures are accessibly priced,” he said.

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A steam train (Joe Giddens/PA)

Developed from already available hours-long trips called Airbnb Experiences, Airbnb Adventures allows people to participate in two- to 10-day treks ranging from 79 to 5,000 US dollars.

Adventures are capped at 12 travellers or less.

Other notable bookings include searching for Sasquatch in Washington and trekking through the Amazon.

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