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…

Asheville, North Carolina fall autumn foliage

Asheville, North Carolina in 15 Gorgeous Photos

Asheville was the first official stop on the Great American Roadtrip in my Airstream trailer. With the goal of visiting as many national parks as possible, I saw one picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway and I knew I had to see it for myself. We parked at a tiny campground outside of Asheville at the…

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…

Niagara Falls aerial view, Ontario, Canada

6 Things to Eat, See & Do in Niagara Falls, Canada

3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. The falls are made more spectacular at sunrise when the golden orb pushes through mile-high mist. Watch my film, Niagara. I first visited Niagara Falls in 2009. I was one week married and honeymooning in New York. On a road trip, the Hubs took a…

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…

Skylon Tower at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Watch this Video to See Niagara Falls at Its Most Beautiful

Watch my latest travel film about one of the world’s most popular waterfalls, Niagara. Niagara Falls is easily one of my favorite waterfalls on earth. (Iceland’s Kirkjufellsfoss is a close second.) My hands were shaking as I willed my little drone perilously close to that tower of mist. If you are a photographer, I highly…

Sedona, Arizona

The Magical Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

This is a huge part of what motivates my travels. In my twenties, I often sought chaotic urban destinations and was dazzled by the movement, the lights, and the crowds. In my thirties, nature does so much more for my soul. Cities are exciting, but only nature gives back. It replenishes rather than draining the…