About Bon Traveler

Meet Jessica

Hey, I’m Jessica, a Northern California-based creative who fell in love with the world of travel and design.

Completing my degree in communications, the time came to accept a job offer at a Fortune 500 company and it didn’t feel right to take it. The decision to say no set me on a crash course of entrepreneurship, where at 22 years old, I opened my first business as a travel consultant.

Through this work, I fell in love with the “why” behind travel and had the opportunity to explore the world. After a year as an advisor, my passion for capturing travel outgrew my desire to book it, so I chose to pursue my blog full time. This is the Bon Traveler you see today.

I’ve always believed that a life well lived will be a photo album full of transformative stories. Travel is empowering — it provides an opportunity to open us to the abundance that awaits in faraway lands and realize the abundance at home. And amidst it all, there are inspiring spaces. It’s these treasures found in whether it be a hotel room or an art gallery, that helps us create our own story in our homes. Our travels give us a sense of discovery that goes far beyond a trip.

Now, I am one-part Northern California and two-parts abroad. The majority of the year I spend in foreign lands, curating travel guides for the design-focused traveler and sharing what I find. When at home, my husband and I are designing our home, constantly drawing inspiration to create a space that tells our story and experiences.

Thank you for indulging my story and welcome!

Places I Still Talk About

The Dolomites




Spaces I Would Travel For

This Airbnb

The Amankila

Rolling Huts

Le Riad Yasmine

Photography Tips

My Camera Gear

Solo Photography Tips

Lightroom Presets

Travel Photography Tips

PS — Are You Booking a Trip Soon? Use My Booking Checklist!

These are the sites I use most to book my own trips. Using the links below is a great way to support Bon Traveler’s travel journalism at no extra cost to you. If you need help organizing your itinerary, get my free travel itinerary template here.

1. Book Your Flights

I use Skyscanner to find the best flights. It searches 100s of airlines and websites across the globe to ensure you’re not missing out on any route options or deals.

2. Book Your Accommodations

I use Booking.com for hotels and guest houses. They have the biggest inventory and consistently offer the best rates.

3. Book Your Tours & Experiences

I use Viator or Get Your Guide to find the best tours and experiences. They are my favorite tour search engines. I always check both as their inventory varies depending on the destination.

4. Book Your Rental Car

Self-driving is the best way to explore most destinations. I use Discover Cars for our rental cars, select full coverage insurance, and opt for a reputable company like Alamo, Hertz, or Sixt.

5. Don’t Forget Airport Lounge Access

I use Priority Pass to gain access to 1,400+ VIP lounges and airport experiences worldwide. The Priority Pass app is the first thing I check when I have a layover. I’ve been a member for over a decade, and having a comfortable place to relax before and between flights makes air travel so much more enjoyable.

6. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

I never leave the country without travel insurance. It provides comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong (ie. illness, injury, theft, and cancelations, etc.). I use it frequently for my travels to stay protected.

My favorite companies that offer the best coverage and rates are: