Around the World in Eight Days


Though I would love to read eight days worth of Laura on the job at USA Today, a travel journal is cool, too.

“Bly on the Fly”

She’s using a Blackberry to send in her reports as she hops between New York, Hong Kong, Kowloon, New Delhi, Dubai, Cairo, Paris, London, Reykjavik, and Balitmore.

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“Inspired by next month’s 100th anniversary of Jules Verne’s death, I leave at 6 a.m. Monday for a condensed, 21st century version of the travelholic classic Around the World in 80 Days. I’ll be doing it in eight: Eight destinations. Eight destinations in eight time zones, traveling through 24. A total of 19,393 air miles, 354 car miles and 213 train miles. A scheduled time of 44.7 hours on airplanes… in coach.

Bly is looking to find a “quintessential experience” at each of her stops. I hope that in addition to that she finds the unexpected. It’s the uncommon, spontaneous, and unusual travel finds that make our job as the reader a little more fun.