Though I'm not sure how, I managed to escape both high-school and the entirety of my youth having not read "Around the World in 80 Days". Recently, the members of my family recent agreed to each read the novel as part of a homeschool exercise. I have found the book to be a simple, but enjoyable romp. I especially find myself taken with the characterization of Phileas Fogg. In a more perfect world, I myself would like to be an impassive, unflappable man who acts with precision and poise in the face of adversity. All traits I idolize but find myself incapable of living up to.
The books also keeps invoking memories of a remarkable anime film I purchased on laserdisc many years ago called "Dagger of Kamui". The weary travelers, encountering different cultures and unexpected adventure is reminiscent of the film, though obviously the underlying stories are quite different. If you can lay hands on it, I'd recommend it as well. Though strap in, because I remember it being a long-ass piece of cinema.
Lastly, I'm enjoying the book as an audiobook. This specific version of it is narrated by the always excellent Jim Dale, whom many of you will remember as the narrator from the television series "Pushing Daisies". Should you wish to take this route, I strongly advise this particular version, as in addition to the excellent narration, it has some nice, but sparingly used, music flourishes and effects that add a bit to the immersion.