Valladolid, Mexico aerial photograph

Valladolid: Mexico’s Most Colorful City

I knew when I arrived in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico that I wanted to experience local culture. I stayed at the postcard-perfect Barcelo Maya Grande Resort in Playa del Carmen. In less than two hours by car, I was walking the colorful streets of Valladolid. Named after the former capital of Spain, this colonial city…

Barcelo Stories Jessica Peterson film noir Incognito Global Girl Travels

Watch my first film noir: Incognito

When a Hollywood starlet secretly checks into a luxurious resort in Mexico, she can’t escape her fame. Shadowed by a handsome stranger, she finds that solitude may not be what she was seeking after all. My first film noir I had a blast producing my first film noir. Having watched so many classic films, the…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels holding lifesaver in Mexico

Film: Party at Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Blue Caribbean waters, colorful local dance, ice cold cocktails on a steamy day — this is Riviera Maya, Mexico. I checked into the postcard-perfect Barcelo Maya Grande Resort in Playa del Carmen for a week to document my experience. The resort is one of five on the expansive oceanfront property. I wandered the palm tree-lined…

Science World, Vancouver, Canada night long-exposure

Watch my Vancouver film: The Vancity Vibe

After our Alaska cruise, the Hubs and I roamed around Vancouver for four days. I didn’t intend to shoot a film there, but the city was so lovely, I was compelled to capture at least a fraction of my visit. Vancity is vibrant, culturally diverse, and endlessly walkable. Lots of locals bike the city. The weather…

Cincinnati Lights, a film by Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels

Cincinnati Lights: 120 Seconds in My Beloved Hometown

Cincinnati is one of the most underrated destinations in the U.S. It doesn’t make travel mag best-of lists. It doesn’t get featured in films. It doesn’t have mainstream celebrity chefs. And that is exactly why you should visit. The Queen City is an architecture-lovers playground. The Roebling Suspension Bridge was the prototype for the Brooklyn…

Whitsundays Aerial flight, Australia

Four new travel films that will make you pack your bags ASAP

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone this summer producing video content for Matador Network, Barcelo Hotels, and Tastemade Travel. My goal this year was to focus on film — improving my shooting, editing, and creative abilities while working with new clients. I even shot a tiger documentary that comes out in a few weeks!…

Alaska Unsetting Sun

Travel Film: Alaska / Unsetting Sun

It’s been a minute since I posted anything here because I’ve been swamped producing client videos. I started 2017 producing a documentary for CNN’s Great Big Story in L.A. Then we drove cross country to Texas then Florida to visit family. From Florida we jetted off to Mexico to produce three short films for Barcelo…

Compton Jr Posse behind the scenes

Watch my CNN Great Big Story Documentary

As you know, I’ve been on the Great American Roadtrip since last year. It may look like pure bliss, but I’ve also been working pretty hard the whole time. The misconception that digital nomads have trust funds simply doesn’t apply to me. Not that I’m complaining. I got to produce a documentary for CNN’s Great Big Story while I was in Cali. I’m…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Travel Film: Blazing Arizona

Arizona must have inspired Dr. Seuss. The rock formations are a sort of confectioner’s design. It’s as if — millennia ago — a giant-sized trow raked across soft red earth with cream cheese. I call White Pocket the plasterwork of the gods. This off-the-beaten-path spot was one of many I visited in May 2016. Watch…

San Clemente Pier, California

Travel Film: San Clemente Pier, California

One dusky evening in Orange County, California. Filmed on the San Clemente Pier. Read my 9 Cool Things to Do in SoCal or see my 18 Photos That Will Make You Pack for California. If you like this film, give it a thumbs up or share! Follow me on Vimeo or subscribe on YouTube. What’s…