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 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…

Return to Oz: What It’s Like Living Outside the U.S. for 7 Years

You see, I’ve returned to the U.S. of A. after living on Guam for seven years. I have much to catch up on… like the appearance of touch screens in restaurants and the disappearance of long distance charges. My ignorance leads to puzzling looks from cashiers because, well, I look and talk like an American. Yet, living…

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…

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….

Balinese woman

The Humans of Bali (PHOTOS)

This woman is the owner of a thriving coffee farm in Bali. I took her picture before I knew that. I simply saw her cooking over a hot stove and was intrigued by her face and her work. I’m glad I found out who she is. I’ve written about being an eco-conscious traveler, but this is about the sting…

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…

Jessica Peterson at Leo Palace, Guam

Why I Don’t Travel the World Full-Time

I’ll be honest. I get envious of full-time travelers. You know the nomads with the NatGeo-worthy Instagrams and the seemingly inexhaustible supply of cash? The ones who seem to have no problem taking the perfect selfie on top of misty mountains? The twentysomethings who never run out of European coasts to haunt or South American trails to backpack? (Okay, I think…

Weekly Inspiration: Sufjan, Nomadism, Creative Types & Jealousy

I’m starting a new department here on Global Girl Travels — a round-up of stuff on the Interwebs that inspires me. Perhaps it will inspire you too. From cool travel blogs to Mindy Kaling quotes, there really will be no rules on what I share. This Couple Quit Their Jobs To Travel And Now Scrub Toilets To…