Such a nice fun book. The first few chapters gave me a couple of chuckles and appreciation for a nicely turned phrase:
"The game was in his eyes a contest, a struggle with a difficulty, yet a motionless, unwearying struggle, congenial to his tastes.
"If to live in this style is to be eccentric, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity."
"If the thing is feasible, the first to do it ought to be an Englishman."
and (loved this one!)
"... being one of those Englishmen who are wont to see foreign countries through the eyes of their domestics."
As to accuracy of the exotic sites, I don't know (or care very much) but, I must confess to curiosity about whether, in early 1800s London, beverages were cooled by "ice, brought at great cost from the American Lakes."
I thought I knew this story but realized that what I "knew" was based on references to it from other sources during my long reading career. For example, I "knew" about the travel based on a wager. I didn't know about a bank robbery,Passepartout, or Fixe much less Aouda.
Ah... Phileas Fogg. The original strong silent type?
Cynics would be tempted to claim anyone with enough money could do anything but the value of this story is summed up by Aouda:
"He had scrificed his fortune, and was now risking his life, all without hesitation, from duty, in silence."
Stiff upper lip is a feeble description.
This must have been an exhilarating read for those contemporary to its first publication. We are less easily impressed today but that character focus, however fairy-tale-like, is timeless.