Explore the Elements Photo Contest

Explore the Elements is a contest that invites bloggers and photographer to showcase the images they’ve captured on their travels. There are four categories (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) and the challenge is to submit photos that capture the essence of each of the elements. There is no stipulation on how long you’ve been blogging, so bloggers new and old are welcome to take part.

My Favorite Travel Photos of 2014

I no longer know how to travel and not take photos, it’s such a part of me now. Instead of detracting from the experience, photography actually enhances my travel and I love reflecting on my trips through my photos. I’m so glad the Hubs bought me my first DSLR in 2009. Watch my review of 2014…

Global Girl Travels app

Download the Global Girl Travels App

I’m excited to announce that Global Girl Travels now has an app! Download to your Apple device to easily browse current and archived travel tips and stories. Like my website, the app is ad-free.

9 chic swimsuits that don't look like swimsuits

9 Chic Swimsuits That Don’t Look Like Swimsuits

It’s never too early to think about swimsuit season and I don’t mean in that torturous diet kinda way. It may be winter where you live, but a tropical destination is only a plane ride away! That means you’ll need beachwear. I am always on the hunt for the perfect swimsuit: flattering to my generous Italian…

5 ways to stay safe when you travel

5 Ways to Stay Safe When You Travel

With the recent hostage fatalities in Paris (and before that Sydney), it’s obvious the world is not becoming a safer place for residents or travelers. Instead of staying home and bolting the door, you can still travel the world, it just requires a little more preparation and vigilance.

5 Ways to Take Better Travel Videos with Your Phone

There’s nothing worse than watching a travel video in portrait mode. You know, with the black bars on the sides? Turn your camera on its long side to shoot landscape. This will quickly separate you from the amateurs. Of course, if you’re shooting video for Instagram, you’ll want to shoot vertically.

Girl at Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Bali

How to Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler

As of December 2014, I’ve traveled to 82 cities in 18 countries and have few regrets… besides not being a more eco-friendly traveler. This earth is a gift to us and as traveler we should always hold it in high-esteem. That means being more conscious of the impact we make not only on nature, but on animals and people too. Here’s to practicing what I preach going forward…

Girl on a riverboat in Borneo, Indonesia

8 Easy Steps to Save Money for Travel

Let’s face it, the holidays were brutal on your bank account. This may be an annual occurrence, but do not despair — you can still reach your travel dreams in 2015. It will require sacrifices, but more than that, it will require planning. I never recommend going into debt for leisure travel. It’s much better to save, then travel. Follow these ten easy steps and start traveling!

Man in robe in Marriott hong Kong hotel room

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Sales

The great thing about shopping for travel? Not getting trampled by a soccer mom at Walmart! Now’s a good time to sign up for emails from travel vendors (airlines, hotels, tour companies, etc.) and follow them on social media.