Valladolid, Mexico aerial photograph

Valladolid: Mexico’s Most Colorful City

I knew when I arrived in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico that I wanted to experience local culture. I stayed at the postcard-perfect Barcelo Maya Grande Resort in Playa del Carmen. In less than two hours by car, I was walking the colorful streets of Valladolid. Named after the former capital of Spain, this colonial city…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels holding lifesaver in Mexico

Film: Party at Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Blue Caribbean waters, colorful local dance, ice cold cocktails on a steamy day — this is Riviera Maya, Mexico. I checked into the postcard-perfect Barcelo Maya Grande Resort in Playa del Carmen for a week to document my experience. The resort is one of five on the expansive oceanfront property. I wandered the palm tree-lined…

Whitsundays Aerial flight, Australia

Four new travel films that will make you pack your bags ASAP

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone this summer producing video content for Matador Network, Barcelo Hotels, and Tastemade Travel. My goal this year was to focus on film — improving my shooting, editing, and creative abilities while working with new clients. I even shot a tiger documentary that comes out in a few weeks!…

Athabascan girl in Fairbanks, Alaska

24 Things to Do with 24 Hours of Sunlight In Fairbanks, Alaska

This article originally appeared on Matador Network. Alaska feels like another country. Its delicate but unsympathetic landscape, its neighborly but weather-tested residents, and its strange history as a Russian territory turned 49th state make Alaska unlike any other place in the U.S. Fairbanks is the jumping off point for a journey into Alaska’s interior. Go…

Alaska Unsetting Sun

Travel Film: Alaska / Unsetting Sun

It’s been a minute since I posted anything here because I’ve been swamped producing client videos. I started 2017 producing a documentary for CNN’s Great Big Story in L.A. Then we drove cross country to Texas then Florida to visit family. From Florida we jetted off to Mexico to produce three short films for Barcelo…

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…

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…

Watch My Most Epic Landscape Video Yet

I made this video months ago for National Geographic’s Assignment Explorer contest. Sadly, I was not a finalist, but I’m sharing the video because it contains previously unreleased footage from some of the most epic landscapes I’ve seen. Iceland New Zealand Arizona (new) Savannah (new) China Niagara Falls If you like this film, give it…

Bali Aria travel film by Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels

Watch my travel film: Bali Aria

Ignoring any stereotypes fixed on it by Westerners, Bali maintains its enigmatic culture in all aspects of life. Its lively and friendly disposition serves as a stark contrast to the daily dread of punishing Hindu spirits. In addition, Bali is one of the most thriving artisan cultures in the world, unfazed by the Industrial Revolution…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Year in Review: My Best Travel Experiences in 2016

This was a big year for me — both personally and professionally. Revisit the stops and relive the journey of 2016… Solo Trip to Sydney, Australia I kicked off 2016 with a solo trip to Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Having been to Australia twice before, I knew it was safe. Sufjan Stevens…