Perhaps the inspiration for the show the Amazing Race, Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne is the story of the eccentric Englishman Phileas Fogg and his trusty French valet Passepartout, who, on a bet of 20K pounds, attempt to travel the globe on trains, steamboats and a hot air balloon. Fogg blows most of his fortune in the attempt, but his adventure sets him in England, Paris, the Suez Canal, Egypt, India, Hong Kong, Japan, America, and Ireland.
Every good adventure story needs a villain, thus we have the nosy detective Mr. Fix, who's on their trail, suspecting that Fogg is a bankrobber who's stolen 55K pounds. While in India they pick up the beautiful princess Aouda whom they rescue and take along for the ride. Will Fogg make it back to England in time to win the bet, or will detective Fix catch Fogg as he races around the globe?