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 landscape video months ago as an entry 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. The clip from the footage contains shots that were taken from many of…

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…

Saona Island, Dominican Republic

One Perfect Day on Saona Island, Dominican Republic

With a population of only 300 people, Saona Island is exactly what I hoped to experience in the Dominican Republic. Sleepy fishing villages line the picture-perfect coast with faded pastel shacks selling snacks and bric-a-brac while kids play dominoes on the beach. While the girls played games, a grandmother napped nearby, keeping one eye open…

Watchtower at Grand Canyon, Arizona

Photographing the Grand Canyon at Sunset

I’m one of those weirdos who travels for days to get to far-flung jungles in Borneo before I visit a ton of closer and more obvious destinations such as the Grand Canyon. I decided to devote a year to U.S. travel and started with a road trip through Arizona in May. Basing myself in Page, I…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend in Pictures: Why You Need to Visit Arizona

Possibly Arizona’s easiest “hike,” Horseshoe Bend is popular for good reason. Stretching a mile across, this dome in the middle of the Colorado River is stunning to behold. The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot drop. The bend is…

Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Why tour Upper Antelope Canyon? These 9 photos reveal all

I always say that some tourist traps live up to the hype. I try never to be a travel snob. If a destination calls to me, I go — even if that means fighting crowds. Upper Antelope Canyon by definition could qualify as a tourist trap, and physically the canyon could be a claustrophobic’s nightmare. Hundreds…

Rainbow Mountains, Arizona

They Really Exist: The Rainbow Mountains of Arizona

I’d seen pictures of the rainbow mountains of China and the strata of Iceland’s Landmannalaugar range, but nothing prepared me to step inside the rainbow mountains of Arizona on the border of Arizona and Utah. In fact, I didn’t know this landscape existed until I saw it for myself. In May, I booked a hike to White Pocket, Arizona. After…