About Jaunting Jen

Jaunting Jen

I’m Jen. I like to go on jaunts. A jaunt /jônt/, is a short journey for pleasure. Most of my travels are jaunts since I still like to work. Some of my jaunts are much longer (like 6 weeks in Tulum, Mexico), others are less than a day (most of my Arizona hikes). 

I love History, travelIng, and hiking. I’m an Army Veteran and I have Multiple Sclerosis. Some days are hard, some days are easy. I’m grateful for all my experiences and adventures and looking forward to many more.

This is a place to explore travel, history and everything else.

I do not earn any income whatsoever from my blog. I write and share because history is cool. Yes, history can be fun and cool, if you know where to go 😉

You won’t find an “influencer” here. Nor will you find spam, sales pitches, or fake Instagram travel fantasies. Just stuff I like.

** A note about my photography. Although it’s trendy among “influencers” and bloggers to heavily edit photos, that’s not what you’ll find here.

Sometimes you’re going to find photos that are slightly blurry, off-center, or over or underexposed. I rarely, if ever edit any of my photos. If I do, it’s just to crop and lighten. First, I just don’t have the time. Second, heavily edited photos look great, but they’re not realistic. So here on my blog, what you see is what you get.




  1. Thank you very much for following me! You have a wonderful & inspiring blog here. I’ll add it to my blogroll. Glad to connect with you. Have a good day. Best wishes, Maarit

  2. Hi Jen, I am a big fan of Byzantine History. If you ever get to Istanbul make sure you take some great photos to post on your blog. Your blog and your about page is inspiring ! I wish I had gone back to University, I would have loved to teach. Keep safe !!!!

  3. Hi Robert, I definitely plan on visiting Istanbul. I love Byzantine History and the “Dark Ages” too. My next post is going to be about Childeric’s Bees.

  4. Hi Jen, I found you and your blog through a comment you left on WanderingEarl.com and wanted to become your 41st follower 🙂 I too want to want to blog one day and although I have an number of obstacles to overcome before that happens, I wanted to subscribe and follow you and your travel stories. You have a really interesting angle coming from a history and army background. I wish you well in all things and if you ever decide to come down under I would be more than happy to do everything in my power to help you get the most of your time in my neck of the woods.

    Best wishes.

    Matthew Cheyne

    Morwell, Victoria, Australia.

    • Hi Matthew, thanks for following me and thanks for your comment. I actually had no idea what I was doing when I started the blog a few weeks ago, and I still don’t really, but I learn something new almost every day! I’ve been really interested in history since the 5th grade, and even more so the past few years. I am really excited to be able to share that now!

  5. Visiting Turkey and Greece changed my life in that it opened up an area of interest previously unexplored for me. I envy you getting to travel and am eager to follow along with you via your blog. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a thumbs up. 🙂

  6. Hi Jen! Thanks for following my blog, History Undusted! The one thing I would love to do is work on an archaeological dig! It’s on my Bucket List… and Britain would be my target. No warm, dry digs, no siree, give me the muddy, cold, miserable ones. Well, at least I can hope it will be warm and dry when I am there. 🙂

  7. Hello Jen, Just to say I notice your remark on Richard Vallance’s blog that you seemed interested in Linear B Knossos & Mycenae and to say I am doing this course which I find extremely interesting through Richard’s teaching .It’s fun and very rewarding and I just can’t wait to proceed further to enable me to read ancient script on a clay tablet from Knossos.

  8. Hi Jen. Thanks for liking my article on Mostly Harmless Science! I got a chance to look through some of your articles – I love the photos and your adventures! I look forward to hearing more of your stories. Alan.

  9. Jen, I recently ran across your site through a link posted on a Dave Ramsey FB group. Just wanted to express my thank you. The first read, I was drawn to your written experiences. Then, I couldn’t help myself but to find out more about your background. … Army Veteran! Thanks Soldier for your service and continued support of our countries freedoms! Happy 4th of July!!

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