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…

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney 101: What to Eat, See & Do on Your First Trip

It’s perfectly safe for solo travel, easy to navigate, and incredibly clean. Whether you visit Sydney for food, architecture, or arts, only a miser would refuse to be charmed. I’ve never met a traveler who gave Sydney a bad review. That being said, if you are American, check the exchange rate because Australia ain’t cheap. During…

Jessica Peterson, Global Girl Travels on Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Bondi Dreaming: Australia’s most iconic beach lives up to the hype

…Shaggy-haired blondes hauling surfboards, athletic trios of twentysomethings in sports bras and spandex, and barefoot dudes in board shorts. At sunrise, Sydney’s Bondi Beach is filling up with beachcombers, surfers, and photographers. Swimmers cut through the water in the pool at Bondi Icebergs, seemingly oblivious to the waves bursting over the side. It is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen (and I…

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….

Guam: Off the Beaten Path

Guam: Off the Beaten Path (VIDEO)

Watch my latest film! I like to go off the beaten path when I travel. At home on Guam, it’s no different. See the lesser known side of this mystic island. Sign up for my Guam Photography Tour in April or December! Learn more… Credits Producer & Narrator: Jessica Peterson Cinematography: Brandon Li, Justin Baldovino,…

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….

Dancer on Guam

Big News About My Guam Documentary Film!

I’m excited to announce that my first documentary, “American Soil, Chamorro Soul,” will premiere at the University of Guam Film Festival April 29 & 30, 2016. It’s been selected as the centerpiece film! As you may know, I’ve been working on the doc since March 2015, so it’s been almost a year of blood, sweat, and…

Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, China

Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, China

An hour jaunt from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and we were standing on another of China’s breathtaking mountains, Tianmen. The more compact Tianmen Mountain National Park is a day of extremes. We took the world’s longest mountain cableway nearly 25,000 feet to reach the top. We stood at 4,900 feet above sea level watching tourists…