In 1873, Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg set off to circumnavigate the earth in 80 days on a £20,000 bet.
141 years later and we're taking a more leisurely approach, giving ourselves 800 days to travel around the world. More or less. Hopefully more.
Ironically, his wager matches our budget for the 2.2 year trip; in today’s money this would equal £2million but who needs 5 star travel temptation when you have a roof tent, tailgate restaurant and a 360° choice of bathroom location.
Setting off from England on July 21st, we’ll weave our way down through South-Eastern Europe; Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Cyprus (phew!). By early 2015 we should be venturing into the lesser-travelled Caucasus region through Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Crossing the Caspian Sea by ship we’ll arrive in Kazakhstan and pick up our original route through the ‘Stans and Iran before voyaging into Asia.
Let the 80 to 800 days countdown begin…