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.

Watch the Second Episode of Global Girl Travels TV!

As I mentioned in November, Global Girl Travels TV will be a weekly feature here and on YouTube. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified of new videos. Without further adieu, here is my year of travel in review. Happy watching! What topics would you like to see covered in GGT TV? Comment below!

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.

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My Travel Bucket List for 2015

2014 was such an awesome year of travel, it will be hard to top. These destinations have been on my bucket list for months, from cosmopolitan cities like Seoul to cultural hotspots like the remote island of Yap.

10 Reasons to Visit Asia at Least Once in Your Life

Truth be told, I had no desire to visit Asia before I moved to Guam in 2009. That all changed the moment I set foot in Narita City on my 24-hour journey from Dallas to Guam. The Hubs and I had a long layover in Narita, so we decided to venture out. Tokyo is now a frequent stop and destination for me. What I love about Asia is just how different from the western world it is. Every traveler should visit Asia at least once in a lifetime!

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!

Gifts for travel lovers

Gifts for the Travel Lover

Admit it, your shopping this month also included a few gifts for yourself. Whether you’re wrapping your last present or still searching for the perfect gift, you’ll want to check out my hand-picked items for the travelista in your life — especially if that’s you!

Girl in leather dress on bench at hotel in Guam

Travel Blogging 101: Finding Your Niche

Five years ago blogging was a totally different ball game. There were fewer players and even fewer rules. Now there are millions of bloggers and readers have even shorter attention spans. The bar for bloggers is at its highest ever. This makes finding a niche absolutely essential. In fact, it’s the first step to starting a successful blog. I know, because I started a few unsuccessful blogs before I found my niche, quit my job, and started making more money blogging than I did working full-time.

Enter to win a trip to Australia!

Win a Trip to Australia! (I’m entered, are you?)

Tropical North Queensland is giving away a trip to Australia to film a travel documentary. Are you an aspiring travel TV host? Enter to win. Please LIKE and SHARE my entry to film Australia’s wildlife and nature scene in Tropical North Queensland. The entry with the most likes and shares is automatically a finalist! View…