Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels in Saona Island, Dominican Republic

Behind the Scenes of My Dominican Republic Films

Back in June, I spent a week filming in the Dominican Republic. It was my first time there and even though it was work, it was a blast. Earlier this year when I was still living on Guam, Barcelo Hotels contacted me about creating three short travel films for them. At first, I thought the…

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Checking In: Barceló Bávaro Palace, Dominican Republic

Will it measure up to the pictures? Will it be quiet? And most importantly, will it be clean? Very rarely do I wonder if it will be big enough (I live in an Airstream trailer, ya’ll). A whopping 500 square-feet, the suite felt more like an apartment than a hotel room. With two bathrooms, two balconies,…

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…

Barcelo Bavaro resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Get a sneak peek of my Dominican Republic film!

I spent a week creating three short films for Barcelo Bavaro, a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Check out my teaser above. Learn more about the hotel. The films will be released in September so sign up for my newsletter to be alerted. #Barcelostores + #Barcelobavaro Subscribe to my YouTube channel or visit my…

Checking In: 5-Star Luxury at Maya Ubud, Bali

Checking in to the luxurious Maya Ubud is a five-star experience. Bali is hot and you’ll be sweaty from a day zipping around in a taxi bound for temples, coffee plantations, rice fields, and beaches. At Maya Ubud, you’re greeted with a welcome drink and a cold towel. Cool off in the open-air lobby before…

Ovolo Hotel at Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia

Checking In: My Sexy Sydney Airbnb

You know those Booking.com commercials where the weary travelers check-in to their hotels and are elated? That’s how I felt arriving near midnight in Sydney at Finger Wharf Woolloomooloo. Getting from Guam to anywhere besides a handful of Asian cities is a long process. I often arrive in a new city under the cover of night,…

Shanghai Express: Gotham in Asia

I didn’t expect to like Shanghai so much. It was simply a gateway from Guam to Zhangjiajie and those majestic “Avatar” mountains. After 10 days in rural China, I was ready for a few nights in the city. I pictured Shanghai the way I’ve heard Beijing described — imposing, smoggy, and crowded. After all, Shanghai has…

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…

Guam Photo Tour

Guam Photography Tour

Experience the tropical U.S. territory of Guam while developing your photography and filmmaking skills! Travel with a small group around the island with a focus on arts, culture, and landscapes. Learn from photographer and filmmaker Jessica Peterson who has called Guam home for nearly seven years. Photographers and filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to book….

20 Photos of Bali

20 Photos of Bali That Will Make You Pack Your Bags and Go

I have a love affair with Bali, which is not to say I’m blind to its unpleasantries (traffic, peddlers, densely populated). My first visit to Bali was a quickie — three whirlwind days filled with kleptomaniac monkeys, blackened temples, and a volcano. My second visit allowed me 10 days at leisure to really soak up…