Articles written by: Jo Ostgarden

Jo Ostgarden is a freelance journalist who has traveled around the world by plane, train, thumb, bicycle and automobile. She bicycled across Canada, the Pacific Coast Highway from Oregon to British Columbia and throughout 14 countries abroad. Additionally, she's an enthusiastic longtime backpacker who calls the Grand Canyon her own personal energy spot. She's also expert on travel in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Ireland. She edited and re-wrote the final edition of Best Places Northwest Travel Guide, and has written about travel, health, nutrition and endurance sports gear for dozens of magazines and newspapers, including Bicycling Magazine.

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Island Hopping in Scotland

Adventurous travelers looking for a truly off-the-beaten path experience of Scotland head to the high seas to take in the dramatic coastlines and wild beauty of Scotland’s intriguing west coast islands. From Islay, where some of Scotland’s top whiskies are produced to the dramatic and historical Skye, to the rich [...]

High Seas Magical Mystery Tour: Island Hopping in Scotland

High Seas Magical Mystery Tour: Island Hopping in Scotland

Adventurous travelers looking for a different view of Scotland will want to take in the dramatic coastlines and wild beauty of Scotland’s intriguing west coast islands.  From Islay, where some of Scotland’s top whiskies are produced, to the dramatic and historical Skye, to the rich archeological riches of Harris—the intriguing beauty [...]

Eat and Sleep Retreats in the Northwest

Eat and Sleep Retreats in the Northwest

Bed and Breakfast inns are fine lodging options, but sometimes what you really want is a bed and dinner that you don’t have to get in a car and drive around looking for. Fortunately, bed and dinner options are growing as small homes and cottages near popular restaurants are increasingly [...]