Jo’s Published Work & Appearances


My specialties are Travel, Style, Lifestyle, Profiles, Inspiration, Self Help, and Observational Humour.

I’ve written for over 40 print publications around the world, for tourism sites, guide books, and for many online sites too. I’ve been interviewed on radio, and given talks, presentations and workshops. I’ve been hosted on a 104 night world cruise.

Around the web I’ve been featured on: Problogger, MamaMia, Kidspot, UK Telegraph, Styling You, Woogsworld, Jeff Goins Writer, YTravel Blog, Mojito Mother, The Planet D, Not a Ballerina, Get in the Hot Spot, In Search of a Life Less Ordinary, Luxury Travel Blog, Over 60, Hair Romance, Her Packing List and more.


Radio Interview Talking Travel with Tim Webster on 2UE Radio Sydney.
Radio Interview with Steve Collins chatting Travel and World Cruising. Check out “I’m on The Radio.”

Radio Interview on 6PR’s Perth Tonight – Travel Bug segment –  with Chris Ilsley and Steve Collins, below …

Radio Chat with Harvey Deagan on 6PR (Lifestyle) Ongoing weekly series. Check out “I’m on The Radio
On Princess Cruises I appeared on The Wake Show (TV) and  gave 3 x 45 minute Presentations (Travel, Blogging and Motivation)

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast with Amanda Kendle:Exploring Western Australia Episode 67

Growing up in Different Cultures :  Episode 70

I’ve given talks to women’s groups and community groups, and run workshops about writing and blogging.

Interviews and In the News

Misadventures with AndiTraveller Tuesday, Johanna Castro

Expedia : The First Timer’s Guide to Mature Age Cruising


Writing for Tourism Boards

2 Dreamy Places to stay that won’t cost a fortune

6 Things to do in The Forest including A Walk In The Woods

Have a Whale of a Time in Margaret River

Revive and Restore your Body and Soul

10 Reasons you just have to stop in Cowaramup – Margaret River

School Holiday Inspiration Check Out The Lighthouses

3 Funky Restaurants for a Great Night out in Margaret River

Action, Adventure and The Great Outdoors

Gourmet Food and Wine Highlights of the Geographe Region

Bunbury’s Cultural Drive Trail – Aborginal Dreaming, intrepid pioneers and contemporary art


Writing Online

OverSixty – Various – 7 Articles about life issues and travel over 50

Problogger – How to make friends and influence people

Cruise 1st – Cruise Experts Share Favourite Dining Experiences

MamaMia – Parenting

Hair Romance – Hair Tutorial

Styling You – Real girl fashion

Styling You – How to Pack for a Trip to Europe

Her Packing List – What to pack for a Trip to the Outback

Hotels Combined – Interview – West Australian Travel Guru

The Planet D – What Kind of Traveller are you?

Aussie blogs for middle aged women

Not a Ballerina – Interview – Why Travel?

Travel Tips from the Well Trodden – inclusion in Brisbane Magazine feature

Podcast Interview with Caz and Craig Makepeace at yTravelblog

My Itchy Travel Feet – Tips for Visiting the Kimberley Region

Her Packing List – What to pack for a Day Hike

Styling You – Fashion after 50

Mojito Mother – Interview

In Search of life Less Ordinary – Expat Issues

A Luxury Travel Blog – Western Australia

Jeff Goins – Why Writers Write

Woogsworld – Parenting

Styling You – Blogging

YTravelBlog – Expat Issues

Get In The Hotspot – The Kimberley Outback Australia

Mind the (generation) Gap – online observational humour at ‘Woogsworld’


Writing for Publications

What’s a Cruise Really Like – Cruise Passenger Magazine (Print and online)

River Publishing  – Journey Magazine UK – Column of Cruise Tips

River Publishing – Journey Magazine UK – Top Cruise destination.

River Publishing – Journey Magazine UK – Guide to Blogging

Margaret River A Locavore’s Delight – The West Australian – Travel

Wet & Wild adventure in Tasmania – The West Australian – Travel

The Cape of Many Colours – The West Australian – Travel

10 Things to do in The Cape – The West Australian – Travel

Devon Inspires Writers – The West Australian – Travel

Pemberton firing on all cylinders – The West Australian – Destination travel

Life in Bridgetown, down on Teapot Farm, Living Abroad Magazine

Bunbury Mail – David Ross Macdonald – Review

Bunbury – The West Australian – Travel

A Modern Day Noah’s Ark – Madikwe Game Reserve – The West Australian – Travel

Escape from the Rat Race – The West Australian – Travel

Shark Bay – The West Australian – Travel

Wonderful World Set to Explode in Spring colour – The West Australian – Travel

South West Wildflowers – The West Australian – Travel

Femina Magazine – Observational Humour

From Gold to Olives – Living Abroad Magazine – Mike Meredith – profile

Your Business Magazine – an interview with MXit CEO, Herman Heunis

Country Life Magazine – Jo Castro & Dorian Haarhoff, South Africa

Scrapbook page – Selection of tear sheets

I’ve written for Fodor’s Guide Book and in 2011 updated the Western Australian chapter.

I’ve written and self published a childrens’ novel.

Once we owned a Guest Lodge in South Africa -The Telegraph – Whale Watching with the Castros