Friday, April 5, 2013 travel with Nellie Bly

I have been reading the adventure story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. Two young female journalists racing around the world in 80 days in the year 1889. In this true story, they venture out in opposite directions from New York City, traveling by themselves via only train and steam ship to beat the fictious record of Phileas Fogg, the character created by Jules Verne in his book Around the World in Eighty Days. Both women have very different personalities and backgrounds. Nellie is ambitious, spunky and strong. It was her idea that she pitched to the editor of The World newspaper. When she preps for the trip she packs as little as possible, only one outfit and one small duffle bag of necessities. She did not want any time wasted waiting for trunks and luggage. Can you imagine traveling that light for that long? I wondered what I would pack. Here is my list of key items for a modern day Nellie.

1. Nellie was known for her tomboy hat, she might have choosen the Christina Love by Goorin Bros. Hat Company. Great for all those inevitable bad hair days (probably 80 of them!)
2. Nellie was also known "around the world" by her distinct overcoat. She might like the Chrysalis Dress by Nau, because it transforms from snapped-up spring shell to unbuttoned sleeveless summer dress. It is breathable, wind-resistant and water-repellant, perfect for any kind of day.
3. These cute Advocate MJ slip-ons by Patagonia are perfect to stow away for end of day comfort.
4. Nellie had to write down her entire journey for The World readers, and the iPad mini and Evernote Moleskine smart journal would have captured all her many insights seamlessly. 
5. Nellie was not very girlie, but she might have used one small beauty product, like a dual lip and cheek stain by Body Shop.
6. That ONE bag, what would it be? I chose Filson's Field bag for it's heritage, durability and classic style.
7. When I traveled to Copenhagen on business, the Flip came in handy. Nellie would have loved to capture all the friends she made along the way on video to share with her family back home.

If you are interested in reading more about these amazing women that paved the way for females in journalism, pick up 
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman

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