Based on the classic adventure novel written by Jules Verne in 1873, a man by the name of Passepartout ends up accompanying a time-obsessed English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, on a daring mission to journey around the world.
Using Google Maps, create an interactive tour of the route taken in the movie. If you were to create your own round-the-world trip, what stops would you make along the way and what would you want to see? Why?
Research the International Date Line. What is its significance and where does it run? What roles did the Arab geographer Abulfeda and the explorer Ferdinand Magellan have in our understanding of the IDL? Create a chart of different time zones for the United States and select foreign countries.
American journalist Nellie Bly took Verne's book as a challenge and set off on her worldwide voyage in 1889. She traveled the world in 72 days and wrote a book about her own adventure. Find a copy of Bly's book, Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, online and read it. What makes her journey especially interesting and daring, given how women were treated at the time?