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.

Lux Hostels for Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers

Lux Hostels for Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers

Thanksgiving isn’t just about sharing a turkey dinner with family and friends, or even being home for this all-American holiday. It’s also a great time to travel with grateful companion. Besides finding cheaper oversea flights during the Thanksgiving travel window, it’s a perfect excuse to celebrate your family’s ancestry in […]

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European Posh Hostels: Luxury Stays in Autumn

The most enjoyable aspects of fall travel isn’t just fewer crowds or lower prices, it’s also the beauty of the autumn season. What makes fall in Europe unique is the color of the leaves. You’ll see a varying range of yellow and rust hues, but little of the intense reds you’ll […]

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Europe’s 7 Best Cities for Intergenerational Travelers

If you’re thinking of traveling with your grandchildren, you wouldn’t be the first. About 44 percent of children take at least one trip a year with their grandparents, according to statistics compiled from a TripAdvisors survey. And those numbers are bound to keep growing as today’s generation of grandparents in their […]

8 Tips for Travel During Hurricane Season

8 Tips for Travel During Hurricane Season

Some travelers are completely oblivious to hurricane season, while more seasoned travelers can be hyper vigilant to the point of avoiding travel in any area where the weather might mess with their adventure or vacation. Neither is particularly beneficial. You shouldn’t ignore or avoid hurricane season when planning your trip. […]

Connect and Celebrate: 10 Reasons to Visit Expo Milano 2015

Connect and Celebrate: 10 Reasons to Visit Expo Milano 2015

If you’re still looking for a good reason to travel to Europe this year (besides the euro’s best exchange rate in the single European currency’s history), consider the 2015 World’s Fair. Officially known as Expo Milano 2015, the quinquennial gathering of people from across the globe is essentially a show-and-tell […]

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7 Do’s and Don’ts of Car Rentals in Europe

If you think domestic car rentals have gotten complicated, wait until you rent one for overseas travel. It can be downright bewildering. It’s definitely gotten a lot more difficult to simply search online for a good deal, book it, pick it up and then drop it off. There’s a lot that can wrong at […]

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10 Tips to Help Make Train Travel Memorable, Fun and Safe

One of those most vivid and unforgettable memories of my life involved a ride I endured over three days on a clumsy ancient diesel-powered train from Marrakesh to Tangier by way of Fez, Morocco. At times, my experience mimicked scenes straight out The Sheltering Sky, a novel of post-colonial alienation […]

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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 […]