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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…

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…