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Nellie Bly in the Sky

CommunityJames Hipkiss

Its 125 years since crusading journalist Nellie Bly raced through a mans world -- alone and literally with the clothes on her back -- to beat the fictional record set by Jules Verne/Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days. She won the race and became a global celebrity.To this day, she is one of the worlds top 10 female adventurers.125 years later, I followed in her footsteps.We both travelled alone with one small case.

She went by ocean liner and train. I flew. She raced, I didn't. She covered 28,000 miles in 72 days; I completed 22,500 miles in 32 days. She journeyed through the Victorian age, dashing conventions along the way. I travelled through the Information age, blogging along the way. She started from New York. I started from London. We both finished with book-length memories and a profound appreciation for the kindness shown to us everywhere we went.My expedition is endorsed by Women in Journalism and registered with the Royal Geographical Society.

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