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1. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 8y

I saw 'Around The World In 80 Days' TV series by Michael Palin when it first aired in the UK. Recently I got the dvd as a present. What I found intriguing and so did my hubby was the various transports he used throughout the trip.

Has anyone seen this programme? Has anyone contemplated doing this type of journey?

Michael Palin managed to get onto container ships to get to some of his destinations or dhow boats. Has anyone experienced this type of travelling and how easy is it to organise? Where would you find information for this? My hubby thinks it would be fun to go on a container ship to get to a particular country (am not so sure myself lol)

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

We have seen "Around the World in 80 Days", "Pole to Pole", "Full Circle" and "Hemingway Adventure" - all of them were wonderful and inspiring. (Though, not a fan of Hemingway. Destinations were cool but the "Hemingway Love Fest" dialogue became tedious for me. Just a personal thing.)

If you are interested in traveling the "Palin" way, then I recommend checking out the Palin's Travels website. The lefthand side bar has Palin's Guides links. Check out the transport link for a page that allows you to choose your modes of transport for more information.

Also visit FreighterTrips.com as they have quite a bit of info including voyages and a booking area.

3. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 8y

Thanks Isadora.

I have already come across Palin's website and checked the transport section but it just brings up what he wrote in his diary and doesn't say much about how to find these things.

Thanks for the other website will definitely check it out :)

4. Posted by alsalis (Full Member 63 posts) 8y

I loved them all, currently working my way through all his travels, I found the books gave a more detailed account of how he travelled about and more 'behind the scenes' stuff than the tv series, even if they don't have the info you're after they're still worth a read. You can pick them up second hand on amazon for less than £3.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Read all of his books (Hemingway, 80 days, Pole to pole, full circle, himalaya, sahara) except his last one which I bought recently (eastern Europe). Also I saw several of his series on tv.
Just great to read and see but of course he has his whole crew and the BBC behind him to arrange all sorts of things. But of course, like other posters said, it is possible to travel on containerships.
Maybe check cargoshipcruises as well.
Michael

6. Posted by Redmundial (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

Hi All

I like it seems a few of you was also inspired by Michael Palin, but I cant remember which journey it was. He travelled along the trans siberian express, which is a journey im thinking of doing to kick off a possible rtw in the summer. I remember thinking wow that looks amazing. Has anyone else done or thought about doing the same journey.

The only thing I remeber was that palin quoted £1000 for the trip, which is no where near the actual cost, i've found it to be closer to about £200-300 via waytorussia.

Anyone have any thoughts?

:)

7. Posted by alsalis (Full Member 63 posts) 8y

redmundial: check out the seat61 website for loads of info on the trans siberia train

8. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 8y

I've just got 'Himalaya' so will be watching that soon :)

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting Redmundial

Hi All

I like it seems a few of you was also inspired by Michael Palin, but I cant remember which journey it was. He travelled along the trans siberian express, which is a journey im thinking of doing to kick off a possible rtw in the summer. I remember thinking wow that looks amazing. Has anyone else done or thought about doing the same journey.

The only thing I remeber was that palin quoted £1000 for the trip, which is no where near the actual cost, i've found it to be closer to about £200-300 via waytorussia.

Anyone have any thoughts?

:)

I don't remember him travelling along the Transsiberian in one of his major 7 journeys (both in books and series), although during the full circle he travelled a bit along the far east of Siberia towards Vladiwostok. Maybe it was on one of his other journeys which he didn't write or filmed about.
And it surely is not that expensive like you said. He probably travelled first class with extra BBC service along the route