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…

Broods perform at the Metro in Chicago

Broods Live at the Metro in Chicago (PHOTOS)

I often travel for concerts and I’ve been to Chicago for a couple of shows now, the latest of which was Broods. Chicago is an excellent music city, primarily known for jazz but with a thriving indie rock scene too. The New Zealand electro-pop duo played to an enthusiastic crowd of Millennials. In fact, the…

Sufjan Stevens live at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia

Live in Sydney: Watch this Ethereal Sufjan Stevens Performance

Excuse me while I go a bit fangirl in this space. Only, going “a bit” fangirl is an oxymoron, isn’t it? Well, maybe not — it’s not like I loitered behind the theatre after the show; I didn’t try to steal the setlist from the still-reverberating stage. When Sufjan Stevens finished his angelic performance, I simply thanked the music gods…

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…

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…

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.

Lorde Fuji Rock festival, japan

Global Girl Travels TV Presents: Behind the Scenes at Fuji Rock 2014

As I announced last week, I’ll be producing a regular TV segment dedicated to travel. Starting in 2015, it will be a weekly feature on Global Girl Travels and YouTube! Without further adieu, I present my first on-location episode, a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a photographer at Japan’s largest outdoor music…

Review: Fuji Rock Festival, Day 3

The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan was one of the most fun weekends of my entire life. Read my review of Day 1 and Day 2 in case you missed the action. As a photographer and journalist, I had a backstage pass to see some of my favorite musicians perform, including one of my new favorites, Lorde….

Fuji Rock Festival Review: Day 2

While rock festivals in the States symbolize rebellion, in Japan they are about camping and family and nature. It’s amazing how small the Japanese can go with their tents. Hundreds of the brightly-colored tents lining the slopes of this dormant ski resort were no larger than a pup tent. What amazed me more were the…

basement jaxx fuji rock festival

Fuji Rock Festival Review: Day 1

As our bus rolled in to the sprawling white ski resort, I imagined pulling up to the bar and having a cocktail or two with any of my favorite bands who I heard were staying at this very hotel — Bombay Bicycle Club, SBTRKT, Travis, Outkast, Lorde, Flaming Lips, Basement Jaxx, St. Vincent, to name a few.