Watch the Second Episode of Global Girl Travels TV!

As I mentioned in November, Global Girl Travels TV will be a weekly feature here and on YouTube. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified of new videos. Without further adieu, here is my year of travel in review. Happy watching! What topics would you like to see covered in GGT TV? Comment below!

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My Travel Bucket List for 2015

2014 was such an awesome year of travel, it will be hard to top. These destinations have been on my bucket list for months, from cosmopolitan cities like Seoul to cultural hotspots like the remote island of Yap.

10 Reasons to Visit Asia at Least Once in Your Life

Truth be told, I had no desire to visit Asia before I moved to Guam in 2009. That all changed the moment I set foot in Narita City on my 24-hour journey from Dallas to Guam. The Hubs and I had a long layover in Narita, so we decided to venture out. Tokyo is now a frequent stop and destination for me. What I love about Asia is just how different from the western world it is. Every traveler should visit Asia at least once in a lifetime!

Saipan

The Most Beautiful Island in America You’ve Never Heard Of

Saipan could be another island in the Philippines — except it’s nowhere near the P.I. — it’s in the Northern Mariana Islands, the largest of 15 largely uninhabited U.S. commonwealth states. Saipan’s brilliant red-orange flame trees, picture-perfect tropical waters, and dramatic limestone cliffs make the island an attractive getaway despite being 1,465 miles from Tokyo, the nearest major Asian city.

15 Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

15 Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Having grown up in Cincinnati, Ohio, I love college towns. It still came as a surprise how quickly I fell in love with Ann Arbor, Michigan. Home of the University of Michigan, this historically-preserved walking town has a seemingly endless supply of hip coffee shops, quirky specialty stores, and yes, turn-of-the-century architecture. I visited most of…

SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN, Tokyo, Japan

What To Do with One Day in Tokyo (PHOTOS)

I’ve had two extended vacations in Tokyo as well as a couple of single-day (or less) layovers. It’s a safe, eclectic destination and one I recommend you see at least once. These are my pics for the top activities if you have just one day to spend.

Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte of Pomplamoose signing in Chicago, Illinois at Lincoln Hall.

Watch Pomplamoose Live in Chicago

By now you should know that I’m a die-hard indie music fan. Pomplamoose are the very definition of an indie (independent) band, having started and sustained a five-year career first as a YouTube cover duo, now as a multimedia band producing its own songs, tours, and even spawning a company, Patreon. I first wrote about Pomplamoose years ago on Dignity Zine.

Brown lemurs grooming at Bronx Zoo, New York City

A Day at the Bronx Zoo, New York City

For years, I didn’t visit zoos. I was so upset at the deplorable conditions at the Dallas Zoo (among others), that I just stopped going. When the Hubs and I were first dating, he organized a date at the Bronx Zoo and because I was smitten, I agreed to go. We actually fell in love that day, somewhere between the giraffes, the bamboo, and tram. Perhaps it was the romance, or maybe it’s just because the Bronx Zoo seems to have humane enclosures, I decided to visit zoos again. The Bronx Zoo is one of my favorites (up there with the Singapore Zoo). A few Aprils ago, we went back to the Bronx Zoo and took these photos.