Hello Digi-Pal! I’m chuffed that you’re here!
I’m Jo and I live in Western Australia.
I write The ZigaZag Mag to inspire you to visit and get out and about in Western Australia. I hope you’ll find helpful tips, answers to your questions, feel good stories and inspiration. So if you want to wine, dine, recline and have a good time in WA, you’ve come to the right place.
Wait there’s more! You’ll also find …
Worldwide Travel Stories – How to and where to guides
How to create Balinese Gardens and stories about Bali
Blogging and Writing Tips
Mostly I champion voyages of discovery to dream places and quiet spaces helping you to “Live for the moment, Love adventure and Do something awesome.”
ZigaZag has been voted in the Top 40 Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs, 43 Australian Travel Blogs to watch in 2013, and 41 Australian Travel Blogs and Bloggers to follow in 2013 on the official Queensland holidays site.
Named as one of the Top 5 Travel Blogs to watch in 2015.
I’m an empty nester – are you?
These days, as an ‘empty nester’, I’m trying out new things. If you’ve also waved your children goodbye from the family nest, now’s the time to embrace a new journey, travel to new places, re-discover the region you live in, spruce up your style, and perhaps get involved with new pursuits. What are you doing? I love hearing about people, places and adventures.
What else can I help you with?
I’m a freelance writer with words for hire, and I also give writing and blogging workshops in real life and online.
So welcome to ZigaZag – Travel and Lifestyle and Life in WA!
At ZigaZag I hope you’ll find topics that are interesting, photos that are beautiful and some ideas that are just, well … plain wacky. It’s all about, “Making connections and sharing conversations” .
Please join the conversation!
I wonder who you are so please don’t be shy. Please comment in the reply boxes at the end of posts or contact me via the Contact page.
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So grab a cuppa, hop on, enjoy the ride, and definitely join in the conversation.
C’mon! Live it – Love it – Do it! You’re worth it!
The nitty gritty
My Lifestyle Blog: Lifestyle Fifty
Personal Web Page : Jo Castro
Facebook Page: The Zigazag Mag
Facebook Page: Lifestyle Fifty
Facebook Group: We Love Western Australia
LinkedIn: Johanna Castro
Pinterest: Zigazag and Jo Castro
Published writing, a selection …
- Shark Bay – The West Australian – travel
- South West Wildflowers – The West Australian – travel
- Your Business Magazine – an interview with MXit CEO Herman Heunis
- Country Life Magazine – profile
- South West Times – best selling author profile
- The Lady Magazine – travel
Further Pdf’s of published work can be supplied on request. My work has been featured in 40+ other publications that include:- Fodor’s Australia Travel Guide, South West Catchments Council environmental Case Studies, The West Australian, The South West Times, A Place in the Sun, Living Abroad, Woman & Home, On the Home Front, Riding Magazine, Your Business, Femina, Living & Loving, People Dynamics, The Lady, Writer’s News, Devon Life, Good Housekeeping, Shoreline, Essentials, The Islander, Traveller, Country Life, Pace, Sethala, The Motorist, Travel World, Scope, Bona, Botswana Airways in-flight magazine, Thandi, Flying Springbok, Sunday Times (SA), Daily News (Durban), The Mercury (Durban), Sunday Tribune, Windhoek Observer, Windhoek Advertiser.
In 2000 and living in the Philippines, I wrote and self-published a children’s novel in support of a children’s orphanage in Manila.
I facilitate … How To Blog and Writing for Publication workshops
Sponsored posts accepted
Want your own piece of internet real estate? If you have a business, product or service in WA or beyond I will write sponsored and review posts providing your business is in synch with the ethos of Zigazag – interesting, helpful, useful or just beautiful and relevant to Western Australia. Sponsored and review posts may also be promoted on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and my other social media networks if/where applicable.
Please see the Advertise Page or contact me via the Contact Page and I will send you my Media Kit and Advertising Rates on request.
Nightlife – Perth style
Have you got something interesting to say about places you have visited in Western Australia, or people you have met, or why it’s great to live in WA?
Why not become a contributor and write a guest post? (For guidelines, see the Contributors Page above).
We love Western Australia
If you live in WA, email me your take on something about Western Australia and I may use it as a guest post, or you can add your own photos and information about what’s on in WA by joining “The Zigazag Mag” page or We Love Western Australia group on Facebook.
I’m lucky enough to live in South Western Australia. Western Australia as a State is amazing. It’s about the size of India, approximately half that of Europe and it covers one third of the continent of Australia. Perth’s nearest interstate city is Adelaide, a mere 2,700kms away. As yet, I have no intention of doing anything daft like traversing that distance with a camel, but there’s still time.
In the South West there’s little traffic, a scant and scattered population; lots of white, uncrowded, sandy beaches; vineyards, rivers, inlets, estuaries, fruit growing areas, and towering forests.
Further north of the State are largely undiscovered reefs and long stretches of beautiful, red, lonely hinterland;
WA is inspiring … it makes you want to put on a rucksack and hiking boots, or grab your suitcase and swimmers, hitch the bike or the surfboard to the car and go somewhere interesting, do something different or see something unusual, maybe even indulge in a little pampering or retail. So come with me as I pay homage to food and wine, trips and travel, being active, reducing stress, eating healthily, as well as enjoying the little things that make life interesting – oh, and please don’t forget to have your say in the comments box.
At the end of the day, I hope this blog will be entertaining and helpful, and that you’ll enjoy stopping by. Most of all I’d like my experiences to lead you to reflect on your own life in a good way, and my writing to send out meaningful echoes.
Hop on, enjoy the ride!
ZigaZag – It’s a lifestyle.
Live it, Love it, Do it!
PS: If you’d like to get in touch, then please contact me via the email form on the Contact page.