Charleston, South Carolina

22 Beautiful Photos of Charming Charleston, South Carolina

It’s easy to lump the southern states together into one big antebellum throwback. Honestly, I did that and I was wrong. Charleston, South Carolina is beyond charming to look at… and from what I witnessed, a relatively progressive place despite its despicable past as the hub of the Atlantic slave trade. (Charleston processed 40% of the imported slaves, in 1770…

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…

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 Airstream trailer

The Big Reveal: My New Airstream Trailer

I’ve been teasing it for months, but my Airstream dream was realized this summer. I’m fully nomadic now and can say I absolutely love the Airstream lifestyle. Why I Decided to Leave Guam and Live in an Airstream in the U.S. I was living on Guam and decided it was time for a change. I moved…

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…

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…

Wasem Fruit Farm apple orchard, Milan, Michigan

21 Things to Eat, See & Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Would you believe my 15 Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan is the most popular post on Global Girl Travels? After spending the summer in this hip, college town once again, I’ve got even more hand-picked recommendations for things to eat, see, and do. Adding to my original list, here are 21 things to keep you entertained…