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 at Biltmore Mansion Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Touring the Biltmore, America’s Largest Private Home

It’s 178,926 square feet with more than 250 rooms. Those stats alone are impressive, but don’t visit the Biltmore House just to gawk at its size. True, Biltmore House is the largest privately owned home in the U.S., but what’s more impressive is its preservation. Walking through the house feels like stepping into a time machine. Can’t…

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…

Chinese girl musician at Tianmen National Park, China

Watch My New Travel Film: China Split

It is a world of indomitable mountain ranges, centuries-old culture, and millions of selfie sticks. In October 2015, I spent three weeks in three cities — Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, and Guilin — sleeping in family-run B&Bs and eating local. I’m so excited to finally release my China film. It’s been 9 months in the making! I’ve…

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…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels in Guam on Gun Beach

Return to Oz: What It’s Like Living Outside the U.S. for 7 Years

You see, I’ve returned to the U.S. of A. after living on Guam for seven years. I have much to catch up on… like the appearance of touch screens in restaurants and the disappearance of long distance charges. My ignorance leads to puzzling looks from cashiers because, well, I look and talk like an American. Yet, living…

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

11 Ubiquitous Signs You’re in Asia

I love Asia. I love its oppositeness to everything familiar in the West. I love its kinetic energy, its relentlessness, and yes, its “weirdness.” The fact is, Asia is only weird to westerners because we don’t entirely understand it. Guess what? Not understanding it is what makes it so exciting. Unless you’ve been lobotomised, Asia is…

Balinese dancer, Ubud, Bali

10 Things to Eat, See & Do in Bali

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is exactly what it sounds like — a nature reserve and temple complex with more than 340 long-tailed macaques roaming freely. These entertaining socialites do not hesitate to climb on, steal from, and perch from visitors brave enough to interact with them. We thought all our junk was…

The crew of Ulitao sail Tumon Bay in "American Soil, Chamorro Soul", a documentary film about the people of Guam

Watch my Guam Documentary Now!

A year in the making and I’m proud to say I finished my first documentary film. “American Soil, Chamorro Soul” made its world premiere on April 29, 2016 at a film festival on Guam. The doc was well-received and I felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment and relief to have finished it, even through the…

Shanghai Express: Gotham in Asia

I didn’t expect to like Shanghai so much. It was simply a gateway from Guam to Zhangjiajie and those majestic “Avatar” mountains. After 10 days in rural China, I was ready for a few nights in the city. I pictured Shanghai the way I’ve heard Beijing described — imposing, smoggy, and crowded. After all, Shanghai has…