Hi, I’m Jennifer, and I grew up in the eastern USA in a pretty typical American family. But for as long as I can remember I have been curious about the world, and by extension world cultures, foods and languages. I was relatively well-traveled for an American child of the day, but nearly all of that travel was domestic. Once I hit my early 20’s I caught the travel bug, however, and remain happily infected with it to this day. ☺

After having lived in 5 different US states, in 2007 I moved abroad, a huge step that I had actually dreamt of taking for years before the opportunity finally presented itself. I lived in Brussels, Belgium from 2007 to 2014, and since then near Munich, Germany with my loving husband (who – as luck would have it – loves to travel almost as much as I do) and two cool stepsons…who are, of course, way cooler than me. 




Would you like your next trip to be something other than a visit to yet another all-inclusive beach resort, or checking sights off a list in the next overcrowded destination? Are you concerned about your tourism footprint, and want to do your part to travel more responsibly?

Then you’ve come to the right place! I created Wanderlust for Life in order to help others get off-the-beaten path and create more unique and memorable travel experiences.

But how did I get here? Well, in 2018 my family and I embarked on the biggest travel adventure we’d ever experienced, a 2-month long trip to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. I planned the entire trip myself, and in an effort to not break our bank account I focused on staying primarily in small, usually locally-owned lodgings. I soon realized what a great decision that was, as it contributed immensely to our connection with the local people and culture.

The trip was a success, and that success together with the fun I had planning it, led to the creation of Wanderlust for Life, a travel blog focusing on independent, off-the-beaten path travel. And since I love good food and drink, and being outdoors and active (it helps counter the occasional over-indulgence!), I talk about those topics quite a bit as well.

On a more serious note, I’ve increasingly realized some of the not-so-great impacts tourism can have.  I’ve had to confront some of my own past travel behaviors, and acknowledge that I can, and should, do better. For that reason, the goal of traveling more sustainably permeates every aspect of this website.

I look forward to helping you, my dear reader, in your journey to sustainable, independent travel. Bon voyage!