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Rainbow Mountains, Arizona

They Really Exist: The Rainbow Mountains of Arizona

I’d seen pictures of the rainbow mountains of China and the strata of Iceland’s Landmannalaugar range, but nothing prepared me to step inside a rainbow on the border of Arizona and Utah. In fact, I didn’t know this landscape existed until I saw it for myself. In May, I booked a hike to White Pocket, Arizona. After an awe-inspiring day…

Jessica Peterson at No. 5 Valley B&B, Zhangjiajie, China

10 Life-Saving Steps Before You Quit Your Job to Travel

I think it’s safe to say we’re all pretty fed up with the rally cry to quit our 9-to-5’s and travel full-time. Those posts are sort of a big middle finger to anyone silly enough to desire financial security, three square meals a day, and trivialities like medical care. Hey, I love travel as much as…

Chinese girl musician at Tianmen National Park, China

Watch My New Travel Film: China Split

It is a world of indomitable mountain ranges, centuries-old culture, and millions of selfie sticks. In October 2015, I spent three weeks in three cities — Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, and Guilin — sleeping in family-run B&Bs and eating local. I’m so excited to finally release my China film. It’s been 9 months in the making! I’ve…

White Pocket, Arizona

The Weird and Wonderful White Pocket, Arizona

His hair is gathered in a pony tail which hangs loosely over his khaki vest. My driver gives me a concerned look as I exit the safety of the vehicle. I ignore his concern, although I am aware that I am completely at this man’s disposal now. I have requested a tour of White Pocket,…

Barcelo Bavaro resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Get a sneak peek of my Dominican Republic film!

I spent a week creating three short films for Barcelo Bavaro, a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Check out my teaser above. Learn more about the hotel. The films will be released in September so sign up for my newsletter to be alerted. #Barcelostores + #Barcelobavaro Subscribe to my YouTube channel or visit my…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels in Guam on Gun Beach

Return to Oz: What It’s Like Living Outside the U.S. for 7 Years

You see, I’ve returned to the U.S. of A. after living on Guam for seven years. I have much to catch up on… like the appearance of touch screens in restaurants and the disappearance of long distance charges. My ignorance leads to puzzling looks from cashiers because, well, I look and talk like an American. Yet, living…

San Clemente Pier, California

California Dreamin’: 9 Cool Things To Do in SoCal

It was love at first sight when I visited in May. Read on for my beginner’s guide to southern California. The Edison Unmarked entrances, bartenders with handlebar mustaches, and turn of the century decor — if you see all of the above, my friend, you have arrived at a speakeasy. As hipster as it gets,…

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

11 Ubiquitous Signs You’re in Asia

I love Asia. I love its oppositeness to everything familiar in the West. I love its kinetic energy, its relentlessness, and yes, its “weirdness.” The fact is, Asia is only weird to westerners because we don’t entirely understand it. Guess what? Not understanding it is what makes it so exciting. Unless you’ve been lobotomised, Asia is…

How to Use Miles to Travel for Free: A Beginner’s Guide

I’m a budget traveler who relies heavily on flights redeemed with miles to get around the world. I’ve been beating the man since I was 21 starting with my first flight to Europe which cost just $300 (without miles). Once I learned the miles game, the world opened up for me. Step one is signing up for…