Returning to Seville in 1522, Antonio Pigafetta published the account of the world’s first successful circumnavigation. He inaugurated a tradition that links the journey with its written record. By the nineteenth century, such accounts served fewer practical purposes, and yet there was a surge in publications about the newly accessible trip. In Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne incorporated these real stories from the period while inspiring many others. It is at once an outlier—in so far as it is fiction—and at the very center of this travel writing tradition. Drawing on the work of Verne scholars, in this chapter I analyze some of the novel’s overlooked complexities and formal innovations. In a proto-modernist maneuver, for example, Verne embeds a range of documents: journals, timetables, and newspapers. He integrates features of the emerging guidebook—the Baedeker’s and Bradshaw’s—into the novel form, and so encourages his readers to fuse and confuse those genres. As the characters themselves read, write, and travel, Verne slyly inspires his readers to take on those other two related roles, that is, to set out on and to write about their own journeys.