Balinese kids

5 Tips to Make Friends with Locals While You Travel

Traveling abroad involves talking to the locals. But how do you just talk to random strangers? Don’t worry you don’t have to just walk up to people, there are many ways you can mix with and meet people all around the world. Here are some tips to totally immerse yourself into your destination and the…

The Dummies Guide to Traveling on a Budget

Budget travel doesn’t excite many of us. We may picture dingy hotel rooms, crowded buses, and zero-elbow-room flights when we think of traveling on a budget. The older I get, the less I want to travel like a piece of cargo. But if you want to see the world and ain’t got a lot of…

3 ways travel can combat depression

3 Ways Travel Can Combat Depression

When it comes to a case of the blues, I’ve found travel to be very helpful in combating depression. As any good counselor will tell you, sometimes the best remedy for what ails you is to simply step away from it all. What better way is there to do just that than to take an extended…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels Airstream trailer

The Big Reveal: My New Airstream Trailer

I’ve been teasing it for months, but my Airstream dream was realized this summer. I’m fully nomadic now and can say I absolutely love the Airstream lifestyle. Why I Decided to Leave Guam and Live in an Airstream in the U.S. I was living on Guam and decided it was time for a change. I moved…

Jessica Peterson, girl in white jacket, standing outside Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

How the Trump Presidency Will Affect Travel Bloggers

I didn’t plan to write this post and I’m not happy that I need to. I’m also aware it will be misinterpreted, so please read it carefully. First of all, I’m non-partisan. I have long held the belief that politics only divide people. The 2016 election proves that more than ever. Clinton voters are protesting in the…

Jessica Peterson at No. 5 Valley B&B, Zhangjiajie, China

10 Life-Saving Steps Before You Quit Your Job to Travel

I think it’s safe to say we’re all pretty fed up with the rally cry to quit our 9-to-5’s and travel full-time. Those posts are sort of a big middle finger to anyone silly enough to desire financial security, three square meals a day, and trivialities like medical care. Hey, I love travel as much as…

How to Use Miles to Travel for Free: A Beginner’s Guide

I’m a budget traveler who relies heavily on flights redeemed with miles to get around the world. I’ve been beating the man since I was 21 starting with my first flight to Europe which cost just $300 (without miles). Once I learned the miles game, the world opened up for me. Step one is signing up for…

Ansley Sawyer climbing rock

The Truth About Life as a Digital Nomad

Ansley Sawyer is a producer with Brandon Li, whom you may recall, was the cinematographer on my Guam documentary. In 2015, I interviewed Brandon about life on the road, including the misconceptions and myths about digital nomadism. Now you can read my candid interview with Ansley, a millennial whose Facebook check-ins inspire a flurry of…

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…

My 3 Travel Beauty Secrets

My 3 Travel Beauty Secrets

I’m vain. There, I said it. I blame it on Barbies and the media. Even before I started vlogging, I wanted to travel hard and still look glamorous. Ah the complexity of the modern woman. I hesitate to write these “beauty” posts because, though I am vain, I am not pretentious. My style is my style….