GGT TV: A Day in the Life of a Travel Blogger

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Jessica Peterson

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I’d be lying if I said every day was a jet set day of first class travel to exotic destination or glamorous photo shoots where I look like a curvier Sophia Loren. Inquiring minds want to know, Do you sit around in your underwear typing all day? Actually, some days, yes, but I wear yoga pants.

Some days are more exotic than others.

Santi Mandala Resort, Ubud Bali

Some are grueling, but incredibly rewarding.

Taal volcano, Philippines

While others are just plain average.

Travel blogging is one of those jobs that is a lot harder than it looks — it’s certainly not all luxury spas and macarons. In fact, most of my life is not filled with travel — it’s full of content creation based on my travels. That’s the business of blogging, folks.

A glimpse into this travel blogging life

6:21 a.m. Hear the Hubs stirring while I am still mid-dreaming about Mindy Kaling being my best friend or being naked in high school. He’s an early riser and I’m one in training. By 7 a.m. his day is half-over and I’m just rolling out of bed in attempts to exercise before it’s 88 degrees and sunny. Forcing myself to confront the question, What is the worst thing that could happen if you exercise instead of sleeping for another hour? Scan emails on my phone for emergencies (website down, Armageddon, etc.).

7:10 a.m. Work-out clothes on, I greet Mini Mupps (bunny) and fill Kitty Girl’s food bowl (I swear the Hubs has my already anorexic cat on a diet). Donning the work-out clothes makes it more likely that I will actually work out.

7:15 a.m. Run-walk my neighborhood and realize that I’ve probably only seen the sun rise a handful of times in my life. If it’s raining, I’m inside doing an African fertility dance with Keaira LaShae on Daily Burn.

7:45 a.m. Lay on the floor wondering why it’s so hard to do 400 stomach crunches before breakfast. Kitty Girl checks my vital signs when I’m motionless for more than five minutes. She plots to take over my side of the bed if I kick the bucket.

8:00 a.m. Sip cappuccino with steamed hazelnut milk, reply to Instagram messages, and talk to the Hubs about our appointments for the day.

10:00 a.m. Shoot vlog segments for Global Girl Travels in my studio upstairs. Urge my videographer to light me so I look 19. Hey, it’s cheaper than plastic surgery.

12:00 p.m. Lunch, usually at home. Hubs whips up a seared ahi salad like the master chef that he is. Discuss our travel plans, clients, and sales.

1:00 p.m. Put finishing touches on my script for The Guam Guide TV segment. Touch-up hair and make-up.

2:00 p.m. At KUAM studios to record my 3-minute segment for the week. Head to radio booth to talk about The Guam Guide and local events.

2:30 p.m. Client meetings, coffee with girlfriends, errands or shopping.

3:30 p.m. Take photographs for clients, The Guam Guide, or a Global Girl Travels post.

4:30 p.m. Have a snack — watermelon, cucumber salad, or sneak a bite of Royce fudge from Japan. Reply to reader comments on Global Girl Travels. Research travel options for my next trip.

6:00 p.m. Force myself to step away from the iMac and think about dinner. Fortunately, the Hubs usually has that covered. ‘Cook’ was on my pre-marital checklist. Ladies, it’s important! If it’s date night, pack a picnic dinner, then go to the beach and watch the sunset.

9:00 p.m. Do we have any chips?

10:30 p.m. Time for bed… and stomach crunches. 98… 99… awww, screw it… 400. 

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Jacket: BCBG (similar)  //  Dress: Macy’s  //  Shoes: Nine West (similar)  //  Bikini Top: River Island  //  Swim skirt: Venus

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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