Balloons Around The World Day 2017 is on Sunday, October 1, 2017: Why is the hot air balloon always associated with around the world in 80 days?
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the book does at one stage have one. They also travel by ship etc.
Why 'Around The World In 80 Days' movie/tv-show always start with hot-air balloon ride?
It adds contrast. A hot air balloon isn't like most other forms of transportation. It's slow & difficult to set a definite destination but is very scenic. Most other forms of transportation your confined as you zip along at high speeds berely able to see anything as you pass. Plus if your wanting excitement being thrown off schedule from the get go by something as uncontrollable as a balloon adds a lot.
What's with the balloon and "Around The World In 80 Days"?
No it is one of those classic misconceptions - they do think about a balloon at one point but then reject the idea as too risky, if not impossible.
It is one of the big differences between the movie(s) and the novel. And you are quite right you do see it on the cover of books - a bit of a swizz, really.