To kick off the launch of Airbnb Adventures — a new offering where people can sign up for fully hosted travel experiences — the home-sharing company is introducing an 18-country trip around the world. Inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days novel, Airbnb’s “Around the World in 80 Days” trip will take you through many of the countries mentioned in the book. The 12-week trip will attempt to recreate as closely as possible the journey of Phileas Fogg, bringing you through 18 different countries across multiple continents.
Starting and ending in London, travelers will soon find themselves on a whirlwind adventure through the countries of the former Soviet Union, eastern Africa, the Middle East, northern and southern Asia, the South Pacific, the Americas, and a Nordic Island. While such an extensive trip sounds daunting, Airbnb is taking the burden of planning off your shoulders. All accommodation, transport, food, and drink will be covered. According to Airbnb’s website, “All you have to do is make sure you have enough empty pages in your passport, buy a round trip ticket to and from London, and get on that first flight. When you land, the first chapter of your around the world adventure begins.”
The itinerary includes glacier walking in Patagonia, exploring the Australian outback, walking the Silk Road, and much more. A full description of what you’ll be doing can be found on the website.
As expected, the trip isn’t cheap. It costs $5,001 per person and runs from September 1 through November 19. It doesn’t appear as though you will be traveling in a hot air balloon, like Fogg, but perhaps you’ll be able to at least ride one in some corner of the world. So you’d better start saving up those PTO days.