She decided that she would break the final record left at the time - to fly completely around the world. She and a group of backers purchased a Lockheed Electra L-10E for this flight. She and fellow pilot Paul Mantz flew to Hawaii to begin their around-the-world trip, but the plane flipped while taking off, and had to go back to California for repairs.
In 21 May of 1937, she and navigator Fred Noonan left for the record flight from Oakland, California, crossing the United States first. They left the US from Miami in June. The following photo was taken in Natal, Brazil on 11 June 1937, just before they left that country: