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…

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…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels in Saona Island, Dominican Republic

Behind the Scenes of My Dominican Republic Films

Back in June, I spent a week filming in the Dominican Republic. It was my first time there and even though it was work, it was a blast. Earlier this year when I was still living on Guam, Barcelo Hotels contacted me about creating three short travel films for them. At first, I thought the…

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Checking In: Barceló Bávaro Palace, Dominican Republic

Will it measure up to the pictures? Will it be quiet? And most importantly, will it be clean? Very rarely do I wonder if it will be big enough (I live in an Airstream trailer, ya’ll). A whopping 500 square-feet, the suite felt more like an apartment than a hotel room. With two bathrooms, two balconies,…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels sipping a pineapple on Saona Island, Dominican Republic for Barcelo Hotels, barcelostories.com

Barcelo Stories: My 3 Travel Films from the Dominican Republic

I joined 26 other travel influencers to film my experience at Barcelo Hotels for a project called Barcelo Stories. The influencers visited three different destinations — Mexico, Aruba, and Dominican Republic. I directed and starred in three films with the talented Vanessa Vandy as my cinematographer. We tag-teamed on the edit and I’m pretty thrilled with…

Barcelo Bavaro resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Get a sneak peek of my Dominican Republic film!

I spent a week creating three short films for Barcelo Bavaro, a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Check out my teaser above. Learn more about the hotel. The films will be released in September so sign up for my newsletter to be alerted. #Barcelostores + #Barcelobavaro Subscribe to my YouTube channel or visit my…