The world is a massive place, and traveling is important to see the best our planet has to offer. But just how long does it take to travel around the world, and with what vehicles? Let's look at some theoretical and real life examples!
Method #1 - Plane(~500 MPH)
Planes are the flying machines of the sky, bringing you over the pesky terrain and cruising along the clouds. Planes are the fastest way to travel using human inventions. Most airliners go around 500 MPH, but some can reach Mach speeds! It would take your average jet around 15 hours of nonstop flight to go around the world.
Method #2 - Car(~70 MPH)
Average data shows that most cars travel at around 70 MPH on average. If you were to drive nonstop without fueling, and in a straight line around the globe, it would take about 113 hours, or almost 5 days. If only we had flying cars to pull this off!
Method #3 - Ship(~25 MPH)
This slower but longer lasting trip takes place on the calming seas. Ships utilize the water to bring you around the pesky terrain, and cruise through the waves. It would take around 317 hours or about 13 days to travel around the world, if there was a path of only water.
Method #4 - Usain Bolt(~27.7 MPH)
The world's fastest man can't run forever, but let's imagine he could! Bolt would need to sprint at top speed for 286 hours, or about 12 days, to cross the world once.
Method #5 - Michael Phelps(~6 MPH)
The fastest swimmer may be quick in the water, but how does that compare to the scale of the ocean? Phelps would take 1,321 hours to cross the world, or about 55 days!
Method #6 - Snail(~0.03 MPH)
The most famous slow animal sure is slow, but how long would it take for him to cross the planet? It would take 264,200 hours to do it! That's about 11,008 days!!