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Amanda Castleman, Travel Expert

About Amanda

Amanda Castleman

A former Pacific Northwest wilderness guide, Amanda Castleman has published photos and stories in Outside, BBC Travel, Sport Diver, Bon Appétit, Hemispheres and The International Herald Tribune, among others. Her 30-odd book contributions include Frommer's and National Geographic.

Now based in Seattle, Amanda has lived in Oxford, Rome, Athens, Cyprus and Turkey. She has taught travel writing – primarily for online – since 2003. Learn more at her blog or website.

Special Interests

Amanda knows a lot about:

  • Outdoor adventures, especially scuba
  • Europe, Polynesia, Pacific Northwest
  • Vegetarian cooking

Amanda's Special Recommendations

"Smartphones can die or risk getting snatched… Always pack a small notebook, so you can jot down suggestions, directions, key phrases and hand-drawn maps.”

10Best Lists by Amanda Castleman

Hush Now: The World's Most Silent Spaces

Discover 10 places to escape human noise, from prairies to sand dunes, rainforests and a volcano crater... not to mention the world's largest, deepest, darkest, oldest and quietest motel room – a cave.