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Love Exploring Logo By Joanna Czechowska of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 37: When Jules Verne published his novel Around the World in 80 Days in 1873, it captured everyone's imagination including pioneering American journalist Elizabeth Cochrane. Writing under the name Nellie Bly, she decided to take on the challenge of beating the fictional world record. Her editor at the New York World newspaper declared a woman would not be able to travel with few enough items to make the trip, but Bly proved him wrong by taking just the clothes she was wearing plus a small bag.

Nellie Bly

When Jules Verne published his novel Around the World in 80 Days in 1873, it captured everyone's imagination including pioneering American journalist Elizabeth Cochrane. Writing under the name Nellie Bly, she decided to take on the challenge of beating the fictional world record. Her editor at the New York World newspaper declared a woman would not be able to travel with few enough items to make the trip, but Bly proved him wrong by taking just the clothes she was wearing plus a small bag.

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