AboutJessica Peterson


What is Global Girl Travels?

GGT is a point of inspiration to plan travel to Asia, Oceania, Micronesia, and beyond. Through vivid stories and photographs, I introduce you to lesser-known destinations while sharing travel tips to save time and money. I stick to the motto: “Travel like a lady. Budget like a boss.”

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl TravelsAbout Jessica

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.

Jessica has been traveling the world since she was 21. She started a career in music journalism at 19 and has since expanded her skills to include marketing, photography, web design, and filmmaking. See portfolio…

She is the creator of The Guam Guide, the island’s most popular site. After moving from Texas to Guam in 2009, Jessica started traveling to Asia, Africa, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Palau, to name a few. In fact, most of her travel has occurred in the last seven years.

In 2011, Jessica quit her full-time job to be an independent blogger, journalist, photographer, and filmmaker. Building on the success of her first blog, The Guam Guide, Jessica launched Global Girl Travels in 2014.


What makes your travel blog different?

I’m a writer, but I’m also a visual communicator so I use photography and video to tell my story. I don’t object to the term “blogger,” but I’ve been a writer for longer than I’ve been a blogger, so I strive to create unique and well-crafted stories that are also practical travel guides to regions that are less explored. You will also notice that I’m obsessed with indie music, so I sometimes cover music festivals and concerts.

How can you afford to travel so much?

Guam is the gateway to Asia so I took advantage of this proximity while I lived in the Pacific. I was a direct flight away from China, Japan, Korea, and Philippines. I purchase tickets using mileage programs and I often stay in budget accommodations. Some of my travel is sponsored. Read my post about how I can afford to travel…

What are your favorite destinations?

I have honestly loved every place I’ve visited! Bali, Iceland and New Zealand blew my mind. See my 15 favorite travel experiences…

Where have you been?

I’ve traveled to 92 cities in 24 countries including U.S.A., Canada, England, France, Jamaica, Japan, Guam, South Africa, Spain, Australia, Palau, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali, Borneo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New Zealand, Macau, Saipan, Manila, Shanghai, Dominican Republic, and Iceland. See all destinations here…

Who takes your pictures?

I take all the photos, except some of the ones of me, which are taken by my husband or a hired photographer. I also take self-portraits when I travel solo.

Which camera do you use?

I jumped from Canon to Sony in 2015. I shoot with a Sony a7SII mirrorless DSLR, 24-240mm, 50mm, 12mm fisheye, and my iPhone. I shoot RAW and edit in Photoshop. Read my photography gear guide.

Who designed your blog?

I did. Need help with your blog? Email me.

How can we work together?

Visit my portfolio page to learn more…

Can I advertise my brand or blog on your site?

Paid advertising opportunities are available but limited, so please contact me to inquire. I do not publish free ads or do free product reviews, so please don’t ask!

Are you hiring?

Not at this time.

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  1. Nico Vermeulen
    November 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I like your website very much!

  2. Rachael
    February 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Beautiful website! You are a talented photographer and writer.

  3. Pacific Focused
    November 11, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Hafa Adai. Love the stuff you’re doing around the world including my home region of Micronesia. Keep it up. -Vid

  4. Zenaida del Mundo
    Zenaida del MundoReply
    February 1, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Great article! Your so inspiring and can’t wait to see your film.

  5. msablan
    August 19, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Hafa Adai! Glad I happened onto your site. I’m originally from Guam and look forward to heading back to visit soon. I’ll check out more of your info.

  6. Harmony at Momma To Go
    Harmony at Momma To GoReply
    November 6, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I would love to live in the South Pacific one day!

  7. Maaike
    March 15, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Great travel blog and articles! Love your photos!

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