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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Massive List of Travel Deals on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

I’m a budget traveler so I’m always on the lookout for ways to save money and still see exotic destinations. I’ve compiled a massive list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel sales for your enjoyment. Happy cyber shopping! Airlines / Booking Engines Expedia Offer: 75% off a wide selection of hotels via the Expedia…

7 Things to Know About China Travel

7 Things You Need to Know About China Travel

  I’ve traveled throughout Asia, but China is its own beast. Having just spent 2.5 weeks in China, I compiled a list of the most important travel tips for smooth travel. See photos of China’s “Avatar” Mountain and stay tuned to Global Girl Travels for posts about Shanghai and Guilin, as well as a travel film….


Climbing China’s Avatar Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Films often inspire my travels. I saw “Avatar” when it came out in 2009. Despite the obvious inspiration in the film, that wasn’t what moved me to visit China’s floating spires at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It was actually another film, a documentary, about BASE jumpers. BASE jumpers are those crazy people in squirrel suits who…

No. 5 Valley B&B, Zhanjiajie, China

Review: Charming No. 5 Valley B&B in Yangjiajie, China

Tucked away on a narrow hillside road is the charming No. 5 Valley B&B in Yangjiajie, China. The B&B is just 2 km from the breathtaking national park that inspired the movie “Avatar” with its mystical mountains. No. 5 Valley was constructed in July 2015 and is the B&B for R&R — a rural idyllic…

A Walk Through Rural Zhanghjiajie, China

A Walk Through Rural Zhangjiajie, China (PHOTOS)

It’s not every day you see a man lying face down in a ditch with blood trickling down his head. Next to him an old woman wailed in despair. Three or four men crowded around but didn’t touch the man whom I could see was still breathing. We were being driven in a car past…

Branding your blog

Blogging 101: Branding Your Blog

From Jessica: There are three things that are essential to having a successful blog: engaging content, beautiful photos, and yes, good blog design. In the marketing world, we call that branding. Just like cattle branding, your blog design — logo, colours, layout, etc. — needs to stick with your readers. In addition, everything you post…


Game-Changing Photography: Shooting Golden Hour on Guam

Golden Hour is the 60 minutes or so before the sun sets. The soft low light is ultra flattering on the face and skin looks great with a golden hue. Get your subject to face the setting sun, which helps brighten the skin and eyes (and the model will thank you for not shooting in harsh, mid-day sun). Bring…

10 Tips for Indie Documentary Filmmakers

10 Tips for Indie Documentary Filmmakers

  Funny thing… Six months ago I was asked to speak on a panel of Guam filmmakers about women as directors despite the fact that I had not yet made a feature. It felt a bit like a sham, but the festival director insisted so I did it. Fast forward to today and I can proudly…

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