Jessica Peterson at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

12 Ways Not to Travel Like a Tourist

When I was 25 and single, I spent a month living in Jamaica. I learned that living like a local can be so much more enriching than traveling like a tourist. I boarded with a local family far from the tourist district in Montego Bay. I volunteered, drove, made friends, traveled, and even attended a wedding. I really got to know the people and the place and it’s an experience I will cherish the rest of my life.

Woman at Sheraton Resort Guam pool

8 Ways to Get Free Travel

Ask for It: I read a travel blog that said to ask the hotel to comp your mini bar items. Thinking that was slightly preposterous, I tried it. News flash: It works!

Biograph marquee, Chicago, Illinois

Itinerary: One Perfect Day in Chicago

The Windy City is the third largest and definitely one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. but you’ve got to experience it at least once. If you like architecture, shopping, food, and music, you won’t be disappointed. I was there for only two days in September and the weather was perfect. Here’s an itinerary for one perfect day in Chicago…

13 Easy Ways to Take Better Photos with Your Phone

You don’t need a DSLR to take great travel photos, portraits, or everyday snaps. Apply these easy ways to take better photos with the camera you carry with you everywhere — your phone! All photos below were taken on my iPhone 4s. You may recognize them from my Instagram feed. Don’t Use Filters on Food…

The Best Travel Apps for iPhone & Android

The more I travel, the geekier I get about the process. I want to focus on the experience of being somewhere, not the process of getting there. I regularly fly 14+ hours to get to my destination, so I’m trying at every point to make it easier on myself. These are the indispensable apps to make my journey smoother.

My 3 Most Embarrassing Travel Mistakes

Checking-In to the Wrong Hotel in Nice It was my maiden trip to Europe and my friend Alexis and I had just spent five glorious days floating around London. Italy was next on our agenda, but it was September 2011, just after the Twin Tower attacks, and Italy suddenly wasn’t safe for two inexperienced twentysomethings. Not…

Autumn on Main Street, U.S.A.

I remember distinctly that my first conversation with the Hubs-to-be was about Italy. Specifically, how I wanted to move there and be an au pair. That truly was my goal, but I was also playing it cool with the distinguished, green-eyed hottie who would soon be mine, all mine (maniacal laugh). This post is an…

Westin pool guam

Three Perfect Days in Guam

It’s no wonder Guam receives one million visitors a year. White sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and a gentle ocean breeze welcome visitors from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, China, and the U.S.