Global girl goes all out on Guam Guide, more
It takes talent to not only travel the world, but write about in a way that inspires others to follow suit. Add to that a knack for continually seeing and portraying the island you call home as a premier travel destination and you have the “Global Girl” behind The Guam Guide.
Jessica Peterson, 35, is a writer, photographer, videographer, web designer, social media manager, brand developer – and a wife – who heralds from Cincinnati, Ohio. She made Guam her home in 2009 and has since created The Guam Guide (theguamguide.com), Global Girl Travels (globalgirltravels.com) and Greta Design (gretadesign.net).
A travel writer and photographer with a passion for glob trotting, one of Peterson’s most recent works was a feature lauding Guam as a travel destination in United Air Line’s in-flight Hemisphere magazine. When she’s not traveling, she’s busy getting the word out on The Guam Guide about the virtues of where America’s day begins and elsewhere around the world.
Peterson took time from her busy schedule to tell Stripes Guam readers how she does it all.
Q. How would you summarize your professional background and the products and services you offer?
A. I do many things, but mainly I am a creative publisher. I run two travel websites, GlobalGirlTravels.com and TheGuamGuide.com. My passion is travel, writing, and photography. I do all of that for a living, in addition to marketing, web design, and social media management.
Q. Professionally, you wear a lot of hats. What do you enjoy most and why?
A. Travel photography because it allows the most spontaneity and freedom. I am most fulfilled when I’m somewhere new documenting everyday life, natural beauty, and animals.
Q. What brought you to Guam?
A. My husband and I came as volunteer missionaries on our own dime.
Q. When, how and why did you start The Guam Guide?
A. I started The Guam Guide in September 2011 while I was working at Guam Visitors Bureau. Of course, I pitched my idea to the organization, but when they didn’t bite, I knew it was time to do my own thing. There was no current and comprehensive English guide to Guam. The Guam Guide website was the culmination of my career experience, from journalism to web design
Q. What do you like most about Guam?
A. The natural beauty. I am endlessly enchanted by Tanguisson Beach, for example. I like the feeling of being on an empty stretch of sand.
Q. What’s the most important thing about Guam that a newbie should know?
A. This is a U.S. territory but don’t expect to feel like you’re in the mainland. The ways and beliefs here are very different from Western ideals. Try to understand them and adapt.
Q. When, how and why did you start Global Girl Travels?
A. I launched in October 2014 to document my travels outside of Guam.
Q. What are some of your favorite trips or destinations?
A. Fortunately, I fall in love with most every place I visit. I’m like a kid that way. Top experiences have been Bali, Borneo, and New Zealand.
Q. What’s the most important thing that any traveler should know?
A. Relax. There is nothing worse than a nervous traveler. Lower your shoulders and enjoy the moment, even if things are going badly. The bad stuff is usually great fodder for storytelling later.
Q. What’s on the horizon for The Guam Guide and Global Girl Travels?
A. I just shot a short film about Guam with filmmaker Brandon Li, who travels the world as well. Global Girl Travels has expanded into video covering destinations and travel tips. There will definitely be more to come!
Q. Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
A. My motto is “Travel like a lady. Budget like a boss.” Travel may seem expensive and difficult, but it’s one of the most enriching personal experiences you can give yourself. I cover a lot of money-saving tips to make travel accessible for everyone.