125 years ago, reporter Nellie Bly beat the fictional Phileas Fogg (and fellow reporter Elizabeth Bishop) by completing a trip around the world in fewer than 80 days.
You can read the story in her own words (well, an abridged version) in
Nellie Bly’s Book: Around the World in 72 Days edited by Ira Peck
The story is also told in books for younger readers, such as Nellie Bly’s Monkey: His Remarkable Story in His Own Words and It Can’t Be Done, Nellie Bly! A Reporter’s Race Around the World.
For a more complete look at her life, try
Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly by Sue Macy
You can also read her story (and two others ) in a comic:
Around the World by Matt Phelan
If you want to read the story that inspired it all, that would be
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne