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….

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How to Get an Indian e-Visa

Traveling has never been as easy as it is now. But don’t be that person (ahem, me), who shows up at the airport and doesn’t have the required visa. News flash: You won’t be allowed on the plane. The solution is to apply for an e-Visa online. Many who want to travel to India have no idea that…

bird island, saipan

The Honest Truth About How I Can Afford to Travel So Much

I’m not like most people. I don’t want to appear wealthy or privileged. I just don’t think of myself that way — not in my childhood and not now. I grew up in a low- to middle-class household, my mother working two jobs to make ends meet. Her tireless hustle and stubborn dedication to budget was a…

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….

What to Wear to the Airport: A Woman’s Guide

To travelistas, long-haul flights and travel in general are not excuses to sacrifice style for comfort. You won’t see me in my jammies even on a 10-hour flight. (And word to the wise, never wear Spanx on a plane!) I’m forever trying to strike the balance between chic and comfy. While flip-flops are much better…

Camera & Photography Gear Buying Guide (for Beginner, Intermediate & Pro)

Whether you’re shopping for gifts or perfecting your blogging game, figuring out which camera to buy can be confusing. That’s why I’m breaking down cameras and gear by price, purpose (still photography or video), and skill level (beginning, intermediate, or pro). Have more questions about the gear I use? Ask me in the comments section….

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Massive List of Travel Deals on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

I’m a budget traveler so I’m always on the lookout for ways to save money and still see exotic destinations. I’ve compiled a massive list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel sales for your enjoyment. Happy cyber shopping! Airlines NEW! Air Berlin Germany’s Oneworld carrier Air Berlin is offering phenomenal fares to Europe from several…