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5 Tips to Make Friends with Locals While You Travel

Traveling abroad involves talking to the locals. But how do you just talk to random strangers? Don’t worry you don’t have to just walk up to people, there are many ways you can mix with and meet people all around the world. Here are some tips to totally immerse yourself into your destination and the…

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!…

Athabascan girl in Fairbanks, Alaska

24 Things to Do with 24 Hours of Sunlight In Fairbanks, Alaska

This article originally appeared on Matador Network. Alaska feels like another country. Its delicate but unsympathetic landscape, its neighborly but weather-tested residents, and its strange history as a Russian territory turned 49th state make Alaska unlike any other place in the U.S. Fairbanks is the jumping off point for a journey into Alaska’s interior. Go…

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…

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs in 22 Pretty Pictures

Palm Springs, California is one of the prettiest cities in America. It’s easy to see why it was the weekend playground of Hollywood elite from the 1930s through the ’60s. Snow-capped mountains tower over a manicured town full of colorful flowers, retro architecture, and shops. Sure, it’s a bubble, but it’s quite simply one of…

Global Girl Travels Airstream Trailer at Joshua Tree National Forest Park, California

Getting Lost in Joshua Tree National Park

I had never been to Joshua Tree National Park before we arrived in our Airstream in January. We started our Great American Roadtrip in the Airstream in October 2016 and had criss-crossed the country by the time we arrived on the West Coast. Joshua Tree was our first stop after crossing the Arizona–California border. We drove for…