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The magic of Guilin, China

The Magic of Guilin, China (PHOTOS)

It was far past sunset and we were traveling to our B&B in the round mountains of Guilin, China. It was too late to be traversing the Li River legally, but that didn’t stop the confident driver of a small, motorized bamboo raft. We had seen the hump-shaped mountains on the dusky drive from the airport. Having just been wowed…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Massive List of Travel Deals on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

I’m a budget traveler so I’m always on the lookout for ways to save money and still see exotic destinations. I’ve compiled a massive list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel sales for your enjoyment. Happy cyber shopping! Airlines NEW! Air Berlin Germany’s Oneworld carrier Air Berlin is offering phenomenal fares to Europe from several…

7 Things to Know About China Travel

7 Things You Need to Know About China Travel

  I’ve traveled throughout Asia, but China is its own beast. Having just spent 2.5 weeks in China, I compiled a list of the most important travel tips for smooth travel. See photos of China’s “Avatar” Mountain and posts about Shanghai and Guilin, as well as a travel film. Visa Required Don’t even think about getting…

Climbing China’s Avatar Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Films often inspire my travels. I saw “Avatar” when it came out in 2009. Despite the obvious inspiration in the film, that wasn’t what moved me to visit China’s floating spires at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It was actually another film, a documentary, about BASE jumpers. BASE jumpers are those crazy people in squirrel suits who…

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…