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…

Guam: Off the Beaten Path

Guam: Off the Beaten Path (VIDEO)

Watch my latest film! I like to go off the beaten path when I travel. At home on Guam, it’s no different. See the lesser known side of this mystic island. Sign up for my Guam Photography Tour in April or December! Learn more… Credits Producer & Narrator: Jessica Peterson Cinematography: Brandon Li, Justin Baldovino,…

Guam Photo Tour

Guam Photography Tour

Experience the tropical U.S. territory of Guam while developing your photography and filmmaking skills! Travel with a small group around the island with a focus on arts, culture, and landscapes. Learn from photographer and filmmaker Jessica Peterson who has called Guam home for nearly seven years. Photographers and filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to book….

Win a China Getaway

Win a China Getaway

I love giveaways as much as I love travel. This is my chance to give back to you, loyal reader! I want you to enjoy China as much as I did, so I’ve partnered with some awesome sponsors to give away this travel package for two! I’ve personally experienced Guilin and Zhangjiajie and now I…

Balinese woman

The Humans of Bali (PHOTOS)

This woman is the owner of a thriving coffee farm in Bali. I took her picture before I knew that. I simply saw her cooking over a hot stove and was intrigued by her face and her work. I’m glad I found out who she is. I’ve written about being an eco-conscious traveler, but this is about the sting…

20 Photos of Bali

20 Photos of Bali That Will Make You Pack Your Bags and Go

I have a love affair with Bali, which is not to say I’m blind to its unpleasantries (traffic, peddlers, densely populated). My first visit to Bali was a quickie — three whirlwind days filled with kleptomaniac monkeys, blackened temples, and a volcano. My second visit allowed me 10 days at leisure to really soak up…

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

I didn’t visit every destination on my 2015 bucket list this year, but that’s just fine. I’m more interested in quality travel than in quantity. This is perhaps why I don’t travel full-time. I grounded myself for six months (!) to work on my first documentary film. I’m glad to report I’m almost done… And…