Did you know that Nellie Bly completed her round-the world trip today in 1890? Nellie Bly was a courageous journalist with a goal to follow and possibly beat the Phileas Fogg’s fictional journey depicted in the novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Nellie’s trip started on November 14, 1889 in New Jersey. Some of the places she traveled to and through include England, France (where she met Jules Verne), Egypt, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. During her trip, Nellie Bly traveled by ship, train, rickshaws, horses, and burros. 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes after she started, Nellie Bly finished her journey.
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Initially her editor told Nellie Bly, “No one but a man could do this.” Nellie told him to start a man on the trip, she would start the same day, working for another newspaper, and beat the man in the race around the world; her editor gave her permission to start the job.
On her journey, Nellie Bly wore a sturdy overcoat, a several changes of underwear, and small bag of toiletry essentials.
People around the world were fascinated with Nellie’s journey. She sent back regular dispatches about her journey. To keep up interest the World (the newspaper Nellie worked for) organized the “Nellie Bly Guessing Match”, where readers could send in guesses about when Nellie Bly would complete her journey. Winners would earn a free trip to Europe. The World also created a game board where readers could follow along with Nellie’s trip.
While in Singapore, Nellie Bly purchased a monkey.
Another newspaper, the Cosmopolitan, sponsored their own journey around the world. Elizabeth Bisland left on the same day as Nellie Bly, but travelled in the opposite direction. She finished her trip 4 days after Nellie Bly.
After her journey finished, Nellie Bly wrote a book about her journey called Around the World in Seventy-Two Days.