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CNN Great Big Story Riding Horses for Compton

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Hidden among the homes and businesses of Compton sits an unlikely stable. At Compton Jr. Posse, kids from the neighborhood learn to ride and care for horses. They also compete in serious events. Shola Oyefeso, a member of the group, says she’s proud to ride for Compton, and though the horses are donated, that doesn’t…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Travel Film: Blazing Arizona

Arizona must have inspired Dr. Seuss. The rock formations are a sort of confectioner’s design. It’s as if — millennia ago — a giant-sized trow raked across soft red earth with cream cheese. I call White Pocket the plasterwork of the gods. This off-the-beaten-path spot was one of many I visited in May 2016. Watch…

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs in 22 Pretty Pictures

Palm Springs, California is one of the prettiest cities in America. It’s easy to see why it was the weekend playground of Hollywood elite from the 1930s through the ’60s. Snow-capped mountains tower over a manicured town full of colorful flowers, retro architecture, and shops. Sure, it’s a bubble, but it’s quite simply one of…

Global Girl Travels Airstream Trailer at Joshua Tree National Forest Park, California

Getting Lost in Joshua Tree National Park

I had never been to Joshua Tree National Park before we arrived in our Airstream in January. We started our Great American Roadtrip in the Airstream in October 2016 and had criss-crossed the country by the time we arrived on the West Coast. Joshua Tree was our first stop after crossing the Arizona–California border. We drove for…

Savannah, Georgia farm

30 Autumn Mornings on a Savannah Farm

I’m a huge fan of slow travel now. I used to zip through major cities — even entire countries — in a week, furiously spraying and praying with my camera. I’m not doing that anymore. Now that I’m traveling the USA in my Airstream, I have had time to stop and smell the roses. In…

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My Massive (But Easy) Travel Style Guide for Women + Giveaway

Travel is already inherent with discomfort, so your clothes shouldn’t be. I’ve probably made all the travel clothing mistakes one could make — wearing the wrong shoes, packing uncomfortable and impractical clothes, and carrying the world’s heaviest luggage. In 2009, when I started traveling every other month, I came up with a mission: refine my…

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