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Around the World in 80 Days (and 32 Pictures)

by Mark Schatzker

In March 2007, Condé Nast Traveler sent writer Mark Schatzker around the world. The conditions of the trip were as follows: He could not take a plane or helicopter, he could not travel more than 100 miles per hour, and he had to complete the journey in precisely 80 days. The intention was to rediscover "slow travel," the way humans moved across vast distances back when Jules Verne wrote his famous book about Phileas Fogg. Instead of taking off at Point A and then landing at Point B, he saw, smelled, felt, and tasted the multitude of points in between. He cruised across the Pacific Ocean, rode horseback across Mongolia, and sea kayaked Italy's Amalfi Coast. In short, he experienced geography.

You can read the entire blog starting from Day One, or check out this slideshow of highlights from his trip. Schatzker's feature article on the experience will be published in the September 2007 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, available at newstands and here on

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