Go Around the World in 80 Days in a Jules Verne-Inspired Trip With Airbnb

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When Jules Verne published Around the World in 80 Days in 1873, travelers didn't have Airbnb. Phineas Fogg's mission to circumnavigate the globe is still ambitious by today's standards, but by providing food, comfortable accommodations, and modern transportation, Airbnb aims to create a more practical version of the experience.

In celebration of the launch of Airbnb Adventures, a feature that lets customers browse multi-day experiences as well as vacation rentals, Airbnb is offering an Around the World in 80 Days adventure. Travelers who sign up for the trip will visit 18 countries across six continents, exploring such places as Japan, the UK, and the U.S.

During the 80-day trek, guests will stay in a variety of accommodations, including hotels, campsites, boats, homes, and eco-lodges. They will also take various modes of transportation to reach each stop. Naturally, hot air ballon travel, an iconic part of the 1956 movie adaptation, is featured on the itinerary. Meals and drinks are also included in the package.

The international tour will be available to book at $5000 per person beginning Thursday, June 20. The trip departs from London, the same way Phineas Fogg's journey starts in the novel, and guests will return to England 12 weeks later. If you're looking to take a vacation that requires less travel, Airbnb offers some famous rentals located in the U.S.

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This Livestream of Brasov, Transylvania, Is Great for Virtual Vampire-Watching

The vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are more likely to be found in Pennsylvania than Transylvania—but you never know.
The vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are more likely to be found in Pennsylvania than Transylvania—but you never know.
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If vampires were real, they would best be viewed from a distance. That makes a livestream of Brasov, Transylvania—a.k.a. Dracula's hometown—the ideal set up for vampire-watching.

According to Thrillist, this stream from Webcam Taxi provides a 24/7 look at Brasov's Old Town neighborhood. It's worth checking out just for the scenic view: You can see famous buildings like the 17th-century Black Church, with the Carpathian Mountains hedging the scene. For viewers more interested in the region's spooky reputation, the town is also home Bran Castle—one of the inspirations for Dracula's dwelling.

While researching his Gothic vampire novel at The British Museum, author Bram Stoker was struck by the Romanian landmark. His book describes Dracula's dwelling as sitting "on the very edge of a terrible precipice"—a characteristic it shares with the real-life castle just outside Brasov. The site is a tourist destination today, hosting tours and the occasional costume party. The attraction is currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, which makes a virtual visit to Brasov especially appealing.

The Brasov cam streams around the clock, but serious vampire-spotters should wait until after sundown to make the most of the experience. This is one of several webcams for people with high patience levels and an interest in the supernatural. After vampire-hunting from home, see if you can spot Nessie in this Loch Ness livestream.