Musicians on Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana

10 Things to Eat, See & Do in New Orleans, Part 1

New Orleans is a place where young people go to never grow up; where old people stay to stay young; and where wanderers like me go to reclaim their childish imagination. One must dig up all the cliched superlatives and downright hyperboles to describe what feels like a town of creative outlaws. I felt like…

Snow at Red Gate Farms, Savannah, Georgia

The First Snowfall in Savannah in 28 Years

There was a promise of something big. Something an entire city hadn’t experienced since 1989. I sat glued to the weather forecast, hopeful and ready. Then I heard something — a sharp rain that wasn’t rain after all. It was ice! The sky went gray and the air turned white. It stung a little at…

Red Gate Farms video, Savannah, Georgia

The Savannah Farm of my Dreams (VIDEO)

I pulled my Airstream into a sprawling farm one late night in Savannah, Georgia. An unplanned stop on a roadtrip led me here. Morning broke and I discovered the farm’s beauty. I stayed at Red Gate Farms long enough for my trailer to get dusty and to start making this film. A year later, drawn…

Airstream at Joshua Tree National Forest Park in California

Going West: My Airstream Roadtrip from Texas to California (VIDEO)

 2017 was my year of slow travel. I drove cross-country (twice) in my Airstream. It was my first time seeing the Great Southwest and I was pleasantly surprised. Watch my roadtrip from the quirky arts center of Marfa, Texas to dreamy Joshua Tree, California. CAMERAS Sony a7SII Sony a6500 LENSES Sony 24-240mm Sony 55mm…

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…

Barcelo Stories Jessica Peterson film noir Incognito Global Girl Travels

Watch my first film noir: Incognito

When a Hollywood starlet secretly checks into a luxurious resort in Mexico, she can’t escape her fame. Shadowed by a handsome stranger, she finds that solitude may not be what she was seeking after all. My first film noir I had a blast producing my first film noir. Having watched so many classic films, the…

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…

Science World, Vancouver, Canada night long-exposure

Watch my Vancouver film: The Vancity Vibe

After our Alaska cruise, the Hubs and I roamed around Vancouver for four days. I didn’t intend to shoot a film there, but the city was so lovely, I was compelled to capture at least a fraction of my visit. Vancity is vibrant, culturally diverse, and endlessly walkable. Lots of locals bike the city. The weather…

Cincinnati Lights, a film by Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels

Cincinnati Lights: 120 Seconds in My Beloved Hometown

Cincinnati is one of the most underrated destinations in the U.S. It doesn’t make travel mag best-of lists. It doesn’t get featured in films. It doesn’t have mainstream celebrity chefs. And that is exactly why you should visit. The Queen City is an architecture-lovers playground. The Roebling Suspension Bridge was the prototype for the Brooklyn…

Whitsundays Aerial flight, Australia

Four new travel films that will make you pack your bags ASAP

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone this summer producing video content for Matador Network, Barcelo Hotels, and Tastemade Travel. My goal this year was to focus on film — improving my shooting, editing, and creative abilities while working with new clients. I even shot a tiger documentary that comes out in a few weeks!…