Elizabeth Cochrane titled the reports of her 1889 trip around the world "Around the World in Seventy-Two Days." Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" inspired the journalist to embark on the journey.
Cochrane was also known as Elizabeth Jane Cochran and by the pseudonym Nellie Bly during her journalistic career. Bly pioneered stunt journalism with her around-the-world trip. Her newspaper, the New York World, sponsored Bly's record-breaking trip, which began on Nov. 24, 1889, and ended Jan. 25, 1890. She traveled 24,889 miles by cargo ship, train, rickshaw, tugboat and steamship. A reporter for the Cosmopolitan, Elizabeth Bisland, raced around the world in the opposite direction, but Bly beat her home by four days.