Month: August 2014

In Nellie’s Words

Nellie Bly had a lot to say. Here are some of my favourite quotes from her book Around the World in 72 Days:

Nothing is impossible

“I always have a comfortable feeling that nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction.”

No doubt about it

“If we want good work from others or wish to accomplish anything ourselves, it will never do to harbor a doubt as to the result of an enterprise.”


It will be seen that if one is travelling simply for the sake of travelling and not for the purpose of impressing one’s fellow passengers, the problem of baggage becomes a very simple one.”

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly



“My head was so dizzy at times that I hardly knew whether the earth had a chill or my brains were attending a ball.”


My mischievousness often plays havoc with my dignity.


It is often little things that raise the loudest laughs.

Greeting the world

…”I had such a strong belief in the world’s greeting me as I greeted it that I refused to arm myself.” (when it was suggested she carry a gun for protection on her travels)


Fog in London

“I always liked fog, it lends such a soft, beautifying light to things that otherwise in the broad glare of day would be rude and commonplace.”



It’s official!

It’s official.  The 125th Anniversary Voyage of Nellie Bly’s Race Around the World is registered with the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). You can visit the RGS Expedition Database and see it here

Remarking on Nellie Bly’s achievement in 1890, then RGS President Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff said:

“While I can’t see her trip will benefit science, it shows what a plucky young woman with a powerful newspaper at her back can do. For my part I think it best in travelling to see foreign countries slowly, but if any more enterprising Americans desire to emulate Miss Bly’s example it is much better to travel rapidly than not to travel at all.  Miss Bly has proved herself a remarkable woman and I hope she will get a good husband.”

The Nellie Bly ‘expedition’ is also endorsed by  Women in Journalism.




‘Thumbs up’ for Nellie Bly in the Sky from Adventure Travel Writer

Renowned travel writer, adventurer, teacher and producer of the Adventure Travel Writer blog, L. Peat O’Neil has endorsed the 125th anniversary voyage of Nellie Bly. Many thanks to Peat for her acknowledgement and inspiration!  Read it here. Check out the Adventure Travel Writer blog for ideas, news and top tips.