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
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.
“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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The means of transport they used were:
- Steam Boat Willy, human-powered hovercraft
- Mobility Scooter
- Red London Bus
- Pogo Sticks
- Shoe Skates
- Toy Car
- London Underground
- Car Hitchhike
- Catamaran Ferry
- 4×4 Jeep
- Catamaran Sailing Boat
- Cessna Light Aircraft
- Sinclair C5
- Fire Truck
- Dumper Truck
- Ferry-port Shuttle Bus
- Cross-Channel Ferry
- Big Green Hippy Van
- Human Wheelbarrow (in the Louvre)
- Novelty Bike
- Watering Machine
- Dotto Train
- Diesel Train
- Conference Bike
- Velo Taxi
- Forward Rolls (in front of the Reichstag)
- Trolley Bus
- Piggy Back
- Trans-Mongolian Railway
- Hopping (past a Ger hut)
- Steam Train
- 3-Wheeled Pickup Truck
- Cable Car
- Pigeon Steps (inside the Forbidden City)
- Battery-Powered Bus
- 1st Class Train
- Evil Henchmen Shuttle Pod
- Elevator (to Cloud 9, Shanghai)
- Domestic Flight
- Funicular Railway
- Pedestrian-Powered Rickshaw
- Escalator (World’s Longest)
- Double Decker Tram
- Leap Frog (in front of the Hong Kong skyline)
- Coast-Guard Caterpillar Rescue Vehicle
- Star Ferry
- Airport Golf Buggy
- Mobile Floor Polisher
- Boeing 747
- Bicycle Sidecar
- Horse & Cart
- Cartwheels (in Paco Park, Manila)
- Hire Car
- Freight Ship
- Moon Walking
- Channel Tunnel Train
- Army Crawling (past the House of Parliament)
- Black Cab
- Mobile Dustbin
- Walking (back into the Quad)
For more adventures inspired by Jules Verne’s classic ‘Around the world in 80 days’ have a look HERE.