In 1885, at age 21, Nellie Bly was asked to write for leading paper, The New York World. A seismic achievement at the time, but Nellie was just getting started.
On reading Jules Verne’s ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, Nellie had an idea... What if she could beat the record?
The next day she hurried to the editor’s office, pleading with him for a commission to take on the challenge and document it all for the readers. A year later, he finally agreed.
Packing a small bag, Nellie set off on what would be the adventure of a lifetime.
Travelling by boat, train, carriage, sanpan, rickshaw, and donkey, she finally returned to New York after 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
The world had never seen anything like it before.
Not satisfied behind a desk, Nellie lived and wrote her own adventure.