No. 5 Valley B&B, Zhanjiajie, China

Review: Charming No. 5 Valley B&B in Yangjiajie, China

Tucked away on a narrow hillside road is the charming No. 5 Valley B&B in Yangjiajie, China. The B&B is just 2 km from the breathtaking national park that inspired the movie “Avatar” with its mystical mountains. No. 5 Valley was constructed in July 2015 and is the B&B for R&R — a rural idyllic…

A Walk Through Rural Zhanghjiajie, China

A Walk Through Rural Zhangjiajie, China (PHOTOS)

It’s not every day you see a man lying face down in a ditch with blood trickling down his head. Next to him an old woman wailed in despair. Three or four men crowded around but didn’t touch the man whom I could see was still breathing. We were being driven in a car past…

Game-Changing Photography: Shooting Golden Hour on Guam

Golden Hour is the 60 minutes or so before the sun sets. The soft low light is ultra flattering on the face and skin looks great with a golden hue. Get your subject to face the setting sun, which helps brighten the skin and eyes (and the model will thank you for not shooting in harsh, mid-day sun). Bring…

10 Tips for Indie Documentary Filmmakers

10 Tips for Indie Documentary Filmmakers

  Funny thing… Six months ago I was asked to speak on a panel of Guam filmmakers about women as directors despite the fact that I had not yet made a feature. It felt a bit like a sham, but the festival director insisted so I did it. Fast forward to today and I can proudly…

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…

Behind the Scenes of "American Soil, Chamorro Soul"

Behind the Scenes of My Documentary Film

Now that you’ve seen the trailer for my film, “American Soil, Chamorro Soul,“ I want to give you a behind-the-scenes tour of the production. Despite the fact that as a producer and director, I’m doing just about everything, I love working with a small cast and crew. As you will see, we’re also shooting without a…

Watch the New Trailer for “American Soil, Chamorro Soul”

Watch on Vimeo #ChamorroFilm I’ve spent the last six months writing, fundraising, casting, hiring, shooting, editing, and promoting “American Soil, Chamorro Soul.” It’s been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life because, as you may know, this is my first documentary film. Thank you to the following sponsors for making this possible: Docomo…

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…

20 Photos of Guam

20 Photos of Guam That Will Make You Pack Your Bags & Go

You may have read on The Guam Guide (my other travel website) that airfare to Guam plunged to $744 round-trip. Just to put that in perspective, I’ve never seen it below $1,100 and the fare averages $1,600! It’s a great time to travel from the U.S. to Guam (my home). Guam is an English-speaking U.S….