LONDON -- Phileas Fogg, intrepid hero of Jules Verne's novel "Around the World in 80 Days," would be 22 days late if he tried to carry out his journey the same way today, The Sunday Times claimed.
There would be no problem if he went by air: It could be done in 68 hours, the newspaper said.
But the adventurer would lack passenger ships on the routes he selected, and his journey across the United States by train and snowmobile -- the modern sleigh -- would probably take longer than it did in 1872, when the story was set.
In the novel, Fogg bet fellow members of the Reform Club he could go around the world in 80 days. His winning bet of 20,000 pounds -- then worth about $96,000 -- would be worth 619,600 pounds, or $1.13 million in today's money.
The Sunday Times got a modern timetable for the route Fogg took 115 years ago drawn up by Lloyd's Maritime Information Services and the Thomas Cook travel agency.
It was Cook who inspired the French writer's adventure yarn by undertaking a round-the-world tour to drum up business. Cook did it in 222 days, but he spent only 90 of those days journeying onward to his next point.
"The present-day journey, at the best estimate, and taking no account of any unplanned hitches, would last 102 days," The Sunday Times reported.
The newspaper said the lack of ships would force the modern Fogg to bribe cargo ships' captains to carry him and his manservant for about $9,150 a day.
Among his other problems would be passport and visa delays and difficulties in hiring an elephant in India.
And the beautiful Parsee woman Aouda, whom Fogg rescued from being burned on her husband's funeral pyre in India and brought to London, would come to grief.
The British Home Office would likely declare her to have undergone a marriage of convenience to evade immigration control and she would be "promptly deported," the story said.