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In the Jules Verne classic Around the World in Eighty Days , the precise and proper Phileas Fogg and his faithful butler Passapartout attempt what was then considered the impossible … to travel around the world in 80 days. The whirlwind adventure all starts as the result of a simple wager Fogg makes with his friends at the Reform Club in the grand amount of £20,000 (equal to £1,324,289 today).
Today we can easily circumnavigate the world in just a few days. However, in the mid-1800’s there was no air travel and the efficient use of steam and the transcontinental railroad were just being birthed. So to claim one could circumnavigate the world in a mere 80 days was a new potential and generated a lot of excitement.
The Proposed Schedule
Mode of Transportation
|London to Suez||rail and steamer||7 days|
|Suez to Bombay||steamer||13 days|
|Bombay to Calcutta||rail and elephant||3 days|
|Calcutta to Hong Kong||steamer||13 days|
|Hong Kong to Yokohama||steamer||6 days|
|Yokohama to San Francisco||steamer||22 days|
|San Francisco to New York City||rail||7 days|
|New York to London||steamer and rail||9 days|
In our World Study Guide for Around the World in 80 Days we couldn’t resist the opportunity for a mapping lesson to track Phileas Fogg’s trip around the world. And, we decided to add a little fun in the mix by not making it your typical mapping exercise. To map Phileas Fogg’s trip as pictured below, you simply need the world map provided in our World Study Guide for Around the World in 80 Days printed on white card stock,Write-On Transparency Film, clear tape, colored pencils and dry erase markers.
If you don’t have transparency film, you can re-purpose an inexpensive page protector. Simply cut the page protector on seams to separate into 2 pages. Set aside one of the pages to use on a future World Study Guide mapping project. Cut the other page protector to the desired size to cover your map.
What we love about mapping projects this way is that it allows kids to see a “before and after” view of what they’ve mapped. Additionally, if you use Dry Erase Pen Style Markers (instead of permanent), your child can re-map the route as many times as desired!
We hope you enjoy your journey “around the world” as much as our families did!
For the maps mentioned above, check out our World Study Guide for Around the World in Eighty Days