Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Travel Film: Blazing Arizona

Arizona must have inspired Dr. Seuss. The rock formations are a sort of confectioner’s design. It’s as if — millennia ago — a giant-sized trow raked across soft red earth with cream cheese. I call White Pocket the plasterwork of the gods. This off-the-beaten-path spot was one of many I visited in May 2016. Watch…

Global Girl Travels Airstream Trailer at Joshua Tree National Forest Park, California

Getting Lost in Joshua Tree National Park

I had never been to Joshua Tree National Park before we arrived in our Airstream in January. We started our Great American Roadtrip in the Airstream in October 2016 and had criss-crossed the country by the time we arrived on the West Coast. Joshua Tree was our first stop after crossing the Arizona–California border. We drove for…

Watch My Most Epic Landscape Video Yet

I made this landscape video months ago as an entry for National Geographic’s Assignment Explorer contest. Sadly, I was not a finalist, but I’m sharing the video because it contains previously unreleased footage from some of the most epic landscapes I’ve seen. The clip from the footage contains shots that were taken from many of…

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…

Gloria Ferrer Wine and Global Girl Travels Airstream

Cozy Dinner in My Airstream

Since I started the Great American Roadtrip in my Airstream, I’ve come to love this lifestyle. I love not only the freedom of having a house on wheels, but the small living. The Airstream is extremely cozy and comfortable. One of the things I really enjoy is cooking in it. In fact, we cook a lot…

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…

Rainbow Mountains, Arizona

They Really Exist: The Rainbow Mountains of Arizona

I’d seen pictures of the rainbow mountains of China and the strata of Iceland’s Landmannalaugar range, but nothing prepared me to step inside the rainbow mountains of Arizona on the border of Arizona and Utah. In fact, I didn’t know this landscape existed until I saw it for myself. In May, I booked a hike to White Pocket, Arizona. After…

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. Discover this world of contrasts and gain a new appreciation for this wonderful country – truly and…