Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney 101: What to Eat, See & Do on Your First Trip

It’s perfectly safe for solo travel, easy to navigate, and incredibly clean. Whether you visit Sydney for food, architecture, or arts, only a miser would refuse to be charmed. I’ve never met a traveler who gave Sydney a bad review. That being said, if you are American, check the exchange rate because Australia ain’t cheap. During…

Jessica Peterson, Global Girl Travels on Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Bondi Dreaming: Australia’s most iconic beach lives up to the hype

…Shaggy-haired blondes hauling surfboards, athletic trios of twentysomethings in sports bras and spandex, and barefoot dudes in board shorts. At sunrise, Sydney’s Bondi Beach is filling up with beachcombers, surfers, and photographers. Swimmers cut through the water in the pool at Bondi Icebergs, seemingly oblivious to the waves bursting over the side. It is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen (and I…

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

I didn’t visit every destination on my 2015 bucket list this year, but that’s just fine. I’m more interested in quality travel than in quantity. This is perhaps why I don’t travel full-time. I grounded myself for six months (!) to work on my first documentary film. I’m glad to report I’m almost done… And…

20 Photos of Guam

20 Photos of Guam That Will Make You Pack Your Bags & Go

You may have read on The Guam Guide (my other travel website) that airfare to Guam plunged to $744 round-trip. Just to put that in perspective, I’ve never seen it below $1,100 and the fare averages $1,600! It’s a great time to travel from the U.S. to Guam (my home). Guam is an English-speaking U.S….

chicago is for jazz lovers

Chicago is for { Jazz } Lovers

I grew up on Chicago jazz, though not in the traditional sense. In the ’90s, before I knew anything about Chicago, I was blissing out to post-rockers Tortoise and pretty much every band on the brilliant indie label, Thrill Jockey. The band’s blend of krautrock, dub, electronica, and yes, jazz came to define Chicago in my mind. I’ve always associated…

7 things to eat, see & do in Reykjavik, Iceland

7 Things to Eat, See & Do in Reykjavík

Reykjavík completely won me over… And not just because I’m a Björkie. Iceland’s capital has everything I long for in a city: character, culture, food, and architecture. Bonus points to this town of 118,000 for being safe, clean, and pedestrian-friendly. Steep and narrow streets lined with colorful houses, hip shops, and tons of eclectic restaurants empty…

10 Things You Must Eat, See & Do in Cairns

There is no shortage of adventures to be had in Cairns, Australia on land and sea. Pack it in or take it slow, Tropical North Queensland caters to both the adrenaline junky and the lazy sunbather. After one leisurely trip and one whirlwind weekend, these are my recommendations of top 10 things you must eat, see and do in Cairns.

Dial ‘M’ for Malls in Manila

The most densely populated city in the world is also the most shoppable. Manila is a direct flight away from Guam and as such, a place that’s becoming not only a frequent stopover, but a destination for food, medical, and shopping. Manila has its share of inequity, crime, and pollution, but I’ll focus on its entertainment value of its popular Makati City.