Around the world in 80 ways is another kickass travel adventure inspired by two travel classics:  It is a definite mashup of Jules Verne’s ‘Around the world in 80 Days’ and Charley Boorman’s ‘By any Means’ travel mission from Ireland to Sydney.

Both of these travel classics have inspired many a traveler to roam a full loop around the planet by using 80 different transport modes along the way.

The name ‘around the world in 80 ways’ has been used for an American travel reality TV show, a rtw travel and inspiration mission by three disabled adventurers and by two friends who used 80 transport modes on their global budget trip while raising money for charity.

The Reality TV Show: around the world in 80 ways

Around the world in 80 ways TV series

This ‘80 Ways’ reality show followed television host Rob Mariano and professional monster truck driver Dennis Anderson as they traveled around the world using 80 various forms of transportation. Among the transportation modes used were blimp, fighter jet, ostrich, canoe, chariot, hitchhiking, mud bogging (hilarious see photo) and by sampan, which are flat-bottomed wooden boats that can be propelled by poles, oars or outboard motors. Chinese in origin, they are still in use throughout Southeast Asia, primarily in Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.. They were not allowed to use any one mode of transport twice.

The two hosts sometimes worked together but also often raced each other to find the best, fastest and most kickass mode of transport to their next destination.

Further in the show the two get more inventive and use more and more kickass modes of transport including ostriches pulling horse buggies, a self built safari car, rice paddy mud bog racing and window-washing scaffolding.

Around the world in 80 ways - Rice patty mud bog racing Around the world in 80 ways - Zebra Safari car

 

“My favorite would be the old dhow boat. There were so many things I enjoyed, like the Ferrari and the dune buggies in the [United Arab Emirates], they were awesome,” says Dennis. “But I really enjoyed that dhow boat ’cause I never thought I’d be the guy who’d like a sail boat.”

“One of the things I really liked was when they arranged to have a hot-air balloon pick us up in the middle of the Serengeti. We got up before dawn and launched a hot-air balloon and were able to catch the great migration that was going by. Unbelievable experience, something that I’ll never forget,” says Rob.

A great sight was to see them travel by ‘hybrid water buffalo’.

Around the world in 80 ways - water buffalo mounted truck

One of the more traditional modes of transport they used was a  Totora boat. They are made from reeds harvested from Lake Titicaca in South America. Also known as caballitos de totora, these traditional boats have been used by local fisherman for more than 3,000 years.

80-ways-slideshow-totora-boat

The show was originally aired on The History Channel in the US. Sometime later it was also broadcast in Southeast Asia on the Discovery Channel.

Photos from history.com & wired.com

Three Disabled Adventurers go around the world in 80 ways

Around the World In Eighty Ways is an epic bid by three adventurers with disabilities challenged by their modern day Phileas Fogg to circumnavigate the globe using 80 different means of transport, led by Robin Dunseath, adventure leader. Their aim is to encourage everyone to live their lives to the fullest potential while also raising much needed funds for deserving charities along the route.

In 1872 at the Reform Club in London Phileas Fogg was challenged by 5 businessmen to go Around the World in 80 days in the great Jules Verne Classic. Then on  Monday the 12th August 2002 at the the library of the Reform Club (London) Mike McKenzie (lost both of his legs), Miles Hilton-Barber and Caroline Casey (both blind) were challenged by Robin Dunseath the modern day Phileas Fogg to go Around the World in 80 Ways – using 80 different modes of transport. Each of them already amazing adventurers in their own right, accepted the challenge.

Three disabled adventurers travel around the world in 80 ways

The ‘disabled’ adventuring team traveling around the world in 80 ways

 

Robin Dunseath devised the idea for Around the World in 80 ways two years before when, on meeting Miles Hilton-Barber and Mike Mackenzie he recognised the extraordinary power that enabled them to make light of their physical challenges and live full lives. He decided to produce a scheme to harness this power as an example to others and his inspiration came from the Jules Verne book ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. While reading the book he discovered that a Princess accompanied Phileas Fogg on his round the world journey, and thus Caroline Casey was added to the team.

Around the world in 80 ways by three disabled adventurers - Tuk Tuk

Miles Hilton Barbers attitude to life sums up the spirit of their rtw in 80 ways trip very well:

“You may not be able to change your circumstances in life, but you certainly can change your RESPONSE to your circumstances. Focus on your opportunities in life, not your limitations!”

And so they went on their four month odyssey around the world. Modes of transport used included helicopter, tuk tuk, limousine, fork lift truck, santa sleigh, puffer steam boat, a ferrari modena, rickshaw and dragon boat. They also rode a horse drawn cart, an ostrich, an ox, horse, camel and elephant.

the route map

the route map

After 93 days on the road the team finished the trip after having indeed taken 80 different transport ways. And inspiring many people.

Two Students on a budget RTW in 80 Ways

In the summer of 2005, the two friends Thom Allen and Tim Moss completed a journey around the world using eighty modes of transport. It was the result of a brainstorming session in a remote wooden hut in Bolivia, high on expedition-related endorphines and low on blood sugar. That’s how good ideas always emerge.

Thom and Tim – students at the time – set themselves the goal of getting all the way around the world without using the same method of transport more than once.

Nonetheless, in time for the very definite deadline of Thom brother’s wedding, the two friends stormed their way across the globe at speed and on a budget, while racking up their “80 ways”. Here is how it went:

Along the way they raised a few thousand pounds for the TreeHouse School on our way and, as a result, they were awarded the Year of the Volunteer Innovation Award.

The means of transport they used were:

  1. Steam Boat Willy, human-powered hovercraft
  2. Mobility Scooter
  3. Red London Bus
  4. Pogo Sticks
  5. Shoe Skates
  6. Toy Car
  7. London Underground
  8. Car Hitchhike
  9. Catamaran Ferry
  10. 4×4 Jeep
  11. Catamaran Sailing Boat
  12. Jet-Ski
  13. Cessna Light Aircraft
  14. Sinclair C5
  15. Tractor
  16. Fire Truck
  17. Dumper Truck
  18. Hovercraft
  19. Unicycle
  20. Ferry-port Shuttle Bus
  21. Cross-Channel Ferry
  22. Big Green Hippy Van
  23. Lorry
  24. Human Wheelbarrow (in the Louvre)
  25. Novelty Bike
  26. Watering Machine
  27. Dotto Train
  28. Diesel Train
  29. Conference Bike
  30. budget student version of around the world in 80 ways - conference bike

    budget student version of around the world in 80 ways – conference bike

    Free Running

  31. Velo Taxi
  32. Forward Rolls (in front of the Reichstag)
  33. S-Bahn
  34. Tram
  35. Coach
  36. Digger
  37. Trolley Bus
  38. Piggy Back
  39. Trans-Mongolian Railway
  40. Horse
  41. Camel
  42. Climbing
  43. Hopping (past a Ger hut)
  44. Steam Train
  45. 3-Wheeled Pickup Truck
  46. Cable Car
  47. Pigeon Steps (inside the Forbidden City)
  48. Rickshaw
    budget rtw 80 ways - HK rickshaw
  49. Tuk-Tuk
  50. Battery-Powered Bus
  51. 1st Class Train
  52. Evil Henchmen Shuttle Pod
  53. Elevator (to Cloud 9, Shanghai)
  54. Domestic Flight
  55. Minivan
  56. Hydrofoil
  57. Funicular Railway
  58. Pedestrian-Powered Rickshaw
  59. Escalator (World’s Longest)
  60. Double Decker Tram
  61. Leap Frog (in front of the Hong Kong skyline)
  62. Swimming
  63. Coast-Guard Caterpillar Rescue Vehicle
  64. Star Ferry
  65. Airport Golf Buggy
  66. Mobile Floor Polisher
  67. Boeing 747
  68. Bicycle Sidecar
  69. Jeepney
  70. Horse & Cart
  71. Cartwheels (in Paco Park, Manila)
  72. Airbus
  73. Hire Car
  74. Freight Ship
  75. Moon Walking
  76. Channel Tunnel Train
  77. Army Crawling (past the House of Parliament)
  78. Black Cab
  79. Mobile Dustbin
  80. Walking (back into the Quad)

 

For more adventures inspired by Jules Verne’s classic ‘Around the world in 80 days’ have a look HERE.

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