Jennifer Zollo

@vagariouswanderer

1424 posts835 followers755 following
✨Encouraging women to explore their own backyards✨ 📍: Home sweet home 🔜 Latvia All 📸 are my own.
Download All
Honesty time: I’m starting to hate Instagram, as are a lot of other bloggers that I either follow or know personally. .
I enjoy sharing my travels with all of you, and there is nothing I love more than getting comments or messages from you with questions or simply to tell me about how much a blog post helped or inspired you. I also love following along with other people’s travels!!! Instagram was such a beautiful app, a way to follow along with people’s lives and see awe-inspiring pictures...
.
But...Instagram is not what it once was. The algorithm hurts those of us that are just starting out because it suppresses our posts. Unless we have a silly amount of engagement (likes and comments) within the first minute or so, no one will see it. .
How can you help? Turn on your post notifications for your favorite accounts and ENGAGE!
.

Vagarious Wanderer isn’t just a “hobby”. It is my livelihood, it is something I would like to do full time some day.
.
In the meantime, I will try my best to post more regularly...but know that it is emotionally draining to engage on an uncooperative platform when at the end of the day it is only a supplement to my primary platform: the blog. .
To my followers that continue to engage every single time, there are no words to describe how much I appreciate each and every single one of you. We may not speak, but I see you and I love you for your support. First time follower that made it to the end of this novel? I love you too. Thanks for being here💕4 days agoDownload
If I’m going to be cold, I would rather be cold in Iceland❄️
.
.
.
I was only in Iceland for 24 hours, but during that time I saw every type of weather from snow to torrential downpours and a surprisingly warm shining sun. With that kind of variety it can be pretty tough to figure out what you should be packing. Thankfully I’m making it a little bit easier for you! Head to the link in bio for my full Iceland packing list!
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#wanderlust #vagariouswanderer #travel #wanderwithme #travelwithme #travelblog #travelblogger #travelgram #girlswhotravel #glt #lovetotravel #traveldiary #wearetravelgirls #dametraveler #sheisnotlost #wheretofindme #beautifuldestinations #gltlove #solofemaletravel #iceland #packinglist #sheswanderful #wanderful #scandinavia #europe  #backpacking #roadtrip #sheswanderful #wanderful #mystopover #icelandair6 days agoDownload
It’s crazy to me that it has already been one whole year since I embarked on the trip of a lifetime. I went on my longest solo trip, rented a car for the first time, explored three countries, and saw the northern lights. I fell in love with a country I previously had had no interest in visiting (shoutout to @scottscheapflights for the nudge) and felt my soul heal more in those ten days than all the past 6 years combined. .
To anyone that thinks they could “never” travel solo, stay tuned. I started working on something special for you this weekend😉
.
Expect a few new posts this month on my Scandinavian adventures. In the meantime, only 34 more days until my next solo trip and then onto WITS Europe!!! .
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#wanderlust #vagariouswanderer #travel #wanderwithme #travelwithme #travelblog #travelblogger #travelgram #girlswhotravel #glt #lovetotravel #traveldiary #wearetravelgirls #dametraveler #sheisnotlost #wheretofindme #beautifuldestinations #gltlove #sheswanderful #wanderful #wits #witseurope #copenhagen #denmark #scandinavia #visitcopenhagen #visitdenmark #europe12 days agoDownload
Happy Friday, everyone!! With my work trip this week I totally forgot to post about this month’s #WorcesterWednesday ! Whoops...
.
Since this week is the first ever Worcester Craft Beer Week, it only made sense to do a post featuring the five families - sorry I mean five breweries - of Worcester. .
Tonight there will be FREE shuttles running from Union Station to all the breweries until 11:30. Boston friends, this is the perfect opportunity to finally make it out to the Woo🙃
.
Head to the link in bio to read more about what each brewery has to offer!
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#vagariouswanderer #travel #travelblogger #travelblog #worcester #centralmass #beer #worcestercraftbeerweek #mbg #massbrewers #worcesterbeerweek #massbrewersguild #wanderlust #beerweek #craftbeer #brewtour16 days agoDownload
We’re on our last day of favorite beers from breweries participating in the @mabrewersguild Great Mass Collab, and I couldn’t go the full week without including a pumpkin beer (yes, I will finally admit that fall is here). Boo-Yeah by @wachusettbrew has been one of my top picks for pumpkin beer for awhile now, and Mark’s number one. It’s full bodied, not too sweet, and is sure to keep you warm on those brisk fall nights. To put it plainly: this isn’t a sissy pumpkin beer. It also pairs fantastically with some butternut squash chili😍😍😍
.
If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet to the Great Mass Collab, hurry up and get on that!! It’s probably going to be the last 85 degree outdoor event we have this year!!!
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#beer #vagariouswanderer #massbrewersguild #mbg #greatmasscollab #beerfest #beerfestival #beerblogger #travelblogger #travelblog #worcester #centralmass #massbeer #brewery #brewerytour #homebrew #brewer #travel #wanderlust #dogfriendly #dogfriendlybrewery #wheresfido #wachusett #wachusettbrewery #booyeah #pumpkinbeer #psl #fall #fallbeers23 days agoDownload
Day 3 of favorite beers from breweries participating in the @mabrewersguild Great Mass Collab is my most basic one, so I have to apologize for that. But my favorite beer, like so many others that make the “great pilgrimage” out to Charlton, is Julius from @treehousebrewco . .
As most of you know, I do not like IPA’s. Leading up to my first taste of this particular one, I had only ever liked ONE IPA. Because Julius was such a hype beer I assumed I would hate it because I don’t frequently share the same taste as the people that always like IPAs. I was wrong. Would I wait in line for hours just for a couple cans of Julius? Absolutely not. There is no beer I have personally found worthy of that. But it is a great beer that can be enjoyed year round, and I LOVE visiting the brewery because it’s a huge open space perfect to bring our anxious pup to. .
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#beer #vagariouswanderer #massbrewersguild #mbg #greatmasscollab #beerfest #beerfestival #beerblogger #travelblogger #travelblog #worcester #centralmass #massbeer #brewery #brewerytour #homebrew #brewer #travel #wanderlust #treehouse #treehousebrewing #julius #juliusbeer #ipa #charlton #dogfriendly #dogfriendlybrewery #wheresfido24 days agoDownload
Day 3 of favorite beers from breweries participating in the @mabrewersguild Great Mass Collab goes out to Redemption Rock and their Bea’s Beach. This beer is a kettle sour brewed with lime and sea salt and transports me to a perfect beach day with every sip. I promise it is a really well done, pleasant sour, not the the kind that makes your whole face pucker up
.
Somehow I didn’t realize when this beer was first released was that it benefits an organization called the Breathe for Bea Foundation. As soon as I saw the name of the foundation I had a feeling I knew what it supported...
.
Breathe for Bea Foundation was founded in 2017 in memory of Ashley “Bea” Briggs who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis (or CF) is a life threatening illness that affects the lungs and digestive system. It causes cells to create mucus that clogs your lungs and makes it hard to breathe. In college I was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, whose philanthropy was the CF Foundation. We held events throughout the year to raise money for it, and one of the most eye-opening exercises we asked people to do at events was to try breathing through a straw. This is what living with CF feels like every single day. It’s awful and not something that I can truly even imagine. People living with this awful disease need things like a vest that basically shakes them to help loosen up the phlegm and there currently is no cure. .
The Breathe for Bea Foundation raises money to help support families living with CF in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and provide scholarships to people living with the disease. If you haven’t heard of CF or the Breathe for Bea Foundation before I strongly encourage you to read more about it, because what I’ve written here does not truly express the gravity of it. .
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#beer #vagariouswanderer #massbrewersguild #mbg #greatmasscollab #beerfest #beerfestival #beerblogger #travelblogger #travelblog #worcester #centralmass #massbeer #brewery #brewerytour #homebrew #brewer #travel #wanderlust #worcestercraftbeerweek #giveback #thewoo #redemptionrock #breatheforbea #65roses #cysticfibrosis #cysticfibrosisfoundation #sourbeer25 days agoDownload
Today’s favorite beer from breweries participating in the @mabrewersguild Great Mass Collab is actually a rotating one from @wormtownbrewery . Wormtown has something called the “Black Ale Project”. Some of the proceeds from the beer on this draft line are donated to support different causes, including veterans, first responders and their families, and food banks. A lot of breweries will do a special beer to benefit a charity, but few have a line year round
.
While the beer for the Black Ale Project changes, the beer currently being offered is their Shrewsbury St Shandy. I’m a sucker for a refreshing shandy on a hot summer day, and this one always hits the spot. I also have a soft spot for beers with names that pay homage to the brewery’s roots🤷🏻‍♀️🍻
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#beer #vagariouswanderer #massbrewersguild #mbg #greatmasscollab #beerfest #beerfestival #beerblogger #travelblogger #travelblog #worcester #centralmass #massbeer #brewery #brewerytour #homebrew #brewer #travel #wanderlust #wormtown #wormtownbrewery #worcestercraftbeerweek #blackalesproject #giveback #thewooa month agoDownload
First up with my favorite beers from breweries participating in the @mabrewersguild Great Mass Collab is the Fiske Ale from Altruist Brewing Company. .
Fisk Ale is a nice brown ale. While a little dryer than some other brown ales I have had, it still has a great chocolatey taste. While I wouldn’t necessarily want to sling back a bunch of these in the middle of summer, it is perfect for the brisk days we have ahead of us. .
Altruist is located in Sturbridge, MA in an old mill building. They have a great, industrial looking space with a small dog-friendly patio. It’s a great little spot for both dog-lovers and families alike
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#beer #vagariouswanderer #massbrewersguild #mbg #greatmasscollab #beerfest #beerfestival #beerblogger #travelblogger #travelblog #worcester #sturbridge #centralmass #massbeer #brewery #brewerytour #homebrew #brewer #travel #wanderlust #altruist #altruistbrewingco #altruistbrewingcompany #dogfriendly #dogfriendlybrewery #findfidoa month agoDownload
Happy Saturday everyone!!! Do you know what today is?
.
The one week mark to @mabrewersguild ‘s Great Mass Collab!!!🍻
.
I’m breaking my “no new blog posts on the weekends” rule to give you guys a more in-depth look into the two awesome collabs @cambrewingco is doing with two of my favorite Worcester breweries. Head to the link in my bio to read all about it!
.
This week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite beers by a few of the participating breweries, so stay tuned🍺
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#MBG #mabrewersguild #massbrewersguild #greatmasscollab #vagariouswanderer #beer #cambridgebrewingcompany #wormtown #redemptionrock #beerfest #beerfestival #travelblogger #centralmass #worcester #discovercentralmass #travel #wanderlust #brewery #brewpub #boston #kendallsquare #cambridge #travelblog #brewtoura month agoDownload
Happy Saturday everyone!!! Do you know what today is?
.
The one week mark to @mabrewersguild ‘s Great Mass Collab!!!🍻
.
I’m breaking my “no new blog posts on the weekends” rule to give you guys a more in-depth look into the two awesome collabs @cambrewingco is doing with two of my favorite Worcester breweries. Head to the link in my bio to read all about it!
.
This week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite beers by a few of the participating breweries, so stay tuned🍺
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#MBG #mabrewersguild #massbrewersguild #greatmasscollab #vagariouswanderer #beer #cambridgebrewingcompany #wormtown #redemptionrock #beerfest #beerfestival #travelblogger #centralmass #worcester #discovercentralmass #travel #wanderlust #brewery #brewpub #boston #kendallsquare #cambridge #travelblog #brewtoura month agoDownload
“You are braver than you know, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think...”
.
.
I’m not always the best at it, but tree pose has always been my favorite and doing it in a lake filled with glacial waters made me feel centered, powerful, and inspired all at once. .
.
This picture is pretty freakin’ awesome, but I’ve been hesitant to post it. I’m not super skinny like I used to be and my tan is unbelievably uneven. Looking at the picture I see flaws instead of the strength that I felt in this moment. .
.
But then I remembered...Mark & I wanted to do the 12 mile hike to Cracker Lake but decided to opt for a slightly easier 10 mile hike to Iceberg Lake because we didn’t think we were capable of getting through all 12 miles...we then tacked on an extra 4 miles to this hike making it longer than the one we “couldn’t” do. .
.
This body of mine may not be as tiny as it was 5 years ago. I don’t have the time to lay out and get perfectly evenly tanned or remember to put on self tanner. But I can lift my dog and carry him the half mile home when his leash breaks. I can apparently hike 14 miles, gaining thousands of feet in elevation while talking and singing nonstop to scare any bears away. I can do these things and so much more. I am strong. .
.
My scars & imperfections are what make me beautiful, just like all the scars and imperfections left by glaciers on these mountains thousands of years ago. I struggle to accept all of this sometimes, but being surrounded by so much “imperfect” beauty makes it just a little bit easier. .
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#vagariouswanderer #wanderlust #sundayscaries #findyourpark #glaciernps #glaciernationalpark #getoutside #strength #empower #imperfections #montana #nps #nationalparks #glacier #iceberglake #treepose #gltlove #travelblogger #travelblog #adventuretravel #girlswhohike #travel #americathebeautiful #travelwithmoona month agoDownload
Loading...
#throwback to our drizzly trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park😍 how has it already been almost 4 months???
.
.
To my nature-loving friends, I know you all appreciate the grandeur that is our national parks, but I truly feel like they are underappreciated. These beautiful pieces of preserved land showcase just a small portion of what our earth has to offer. This beautiful earth of ours has been providing for us ever since our very first days on the planet; it has given us the food, water, shelter, and air that we need to survive. And what do we do to repay it for all it has given us? We try to kill it faster. .
I truly believe that everyone needs to get outside more. Go to a national park. Allow it to humble you with it’s beauty and size. And my personal favorite part? You can rarely get cell service in national parks. I believe that they are some of the last places on earth that allow you to still truly connect with nature.
.
.
Mark and I will be heading out to Glacier National Park this weekend and I can’t WAIT to fully unplug again! What are you all up to this weekend? .
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#vagariouswanderer #wanderlust #travelblogger #nps #findyourpark #getoutside #hawaiivolcanoesnationalpark #glaciernationalpark #glaciernps #nationalparks #ecotourism #leavenotrace #girlswhohike #hiking #tbt #hawaii #nationalpark #saveourparks #bigisland #honeymoon #hawaiihoneymoon #zsaysiq #gohawaii #hikehawaiia month agoDownload