The Question and Answer section for Around the World in 80 Days is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I suppose Mr. Fogg is a mysteriously wealthy Englishmen with a knack for gambling, and is generally seen as a confident, inspiring sort of man. Sounds like this might be something he would like to do.
This depends on what chapter you are referring to.
Passepartout is the honest and ever-comical French valet of Mr. Fogg; he is loyal yet inadvertently burdensome traveling companion. He is a brave, warm, man, yet seems to often throw a wrench in Fogg's attempt to travel round the world in 80 days....