Jody Halsted

Jody Halsted

Writer, Ireland Expert & RV owner

Jody Halsted is a freelance writer with a mad passion for Ireland, her RV, and 'off the beaten path' travel.

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Why Choose Ireland – and other reader questions

“Why should I choose Ireland over another European country?” It’s a question I receive often- and one I love to answer! In fact, I receive a lot of Ireland travel questions- and I respond to them all!

In the latest Ireland FAQ chat I tackle the ‘Why Ireland?” question, as well as other general Ireland travel questions.

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5 Things You Maybe Didn't Know About Visiting the Giant's Causeway

Few spots in Ireland invoke the imagery of Irish mythology more than the Giant’s Causeway along Antrim’s northern coast. Science may explain the polygonal stones as being caused by volcanic activity, but in your mind’s eye you can’t help but see the giant, Finn McCool, setting his stone pathway across the waters between Ireland and Scotland to fight the Scots giant.

The basalt columns of stone have been photographed and written about thousands of times and are one of the top tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. So much so that an entire driving route is named for it: the Causeway Coastal Route. If visiting the Giant’s Causeway is on your itinerary you’ve likely read quite a bit already! So, instead of re-hashing the basics I’m going to share a few tips for your visit.

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What to Really Expect When Visiting The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges have always been popular with photographers but have now reached a larger audience due to their appearance in the Game of Thrones. Featured in the first episode of season 2 as ‘The King’s Road’, this tree tunnel has become a destination for bus tours and self-drive vacationers.

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Embracing the Irish Attitude in Dublin, Ohio

I often lament the fact that I can’t be in Ireland all the time. Thankfully there are so many Irish-Americans (and those who wish they were!) that we can usually find some pretty good craic close to home.

This spring the fair city of Dublin, Ohio invited us to discover the Irish attitude of this Columbus suburb.

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How to Choose an Ireland Vacation Package

Choosing an Ireland vacation package seems simple enough. You find a deal you like- be it self drive or guided- and make the purchase. Done. Ireland vacation booked and ready.
But it may not be so simple. Airline transfers, car rental, accommodations… they all play a role in the success of your vacation to Ireland.

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Neil Jackman on Ireland's Ancient East | Traveling in Ireland ...

Jody’s guest is archaeologist Neil Jackman. Neil is offering his considerable insight into Ireland’s Ancient East- over 5,000 years of Irish history, as well as share stories about his excavations which separate fact from fiction.


5 Alternative Spring Break Destinations for Families

The approach of spring break brings a sense of excitement and renewal. Cold, grey days of winter are beginning to turn warmer and brighter. The first colors of spring, be it early yellow daffodils or green sprigs of grass sparkling with dew, brighten a dreary landscape. For families, spring break is a welcome escape from cabin fever that has been building since mid-January. It’s a break from day-to-day life and a chance for excitement and adventure.
Refuse to follow the crowds to the typical spring break getaways. Instead, let these five alternative spring break destinations entice you with their family-friendly activities, offbeat attractions, and exciting experiences.

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A Guided Tour of Derry, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland, with over 1500 years of history, is a perfect example of a location well suited for a private tour. During our time in the north we took a guided tour of Derry, and it was one of the highlights of our week.

Gelann Doherty, owner of Derry Guided Tours, led us along the city walls, narrating the history of Derry in a way that both engaged my daughters and intrigued my husband, a keen historian. As we left the city walls and entered the Bogside, the city’s story spread on the muraled buildings before us, Gleann proved quite adept at sharing the turbulent times of The Troubles with young listeners in a way that piqued their interest but didn’t delve too much into the terror of the period.

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Gleann Dogherty Derry Guided Tours | Traveling in Ireland Podcast ...

Jody’s guest is Gleann Dogherty, owner and guide of Derry Guided Tours. They will be discussing the 1500 years of Irish history which makes Derry so captivating.

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Planning Your Ireland Vacation Itinerary

Planning you Ireland vacation itinerary has a few phases... exhilaration, inquiry & overwhelm. Tips on how to create your Ireland vacation itinerary. Video

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Gerry Meade and the Salmon of Knowledge | Traveling in Ireland ...

Jody is joined by Gerry Meade. He has created a new tour in the historic county of Meath with a focus on one of Ireland’s most wonderful bits of mythology: the Salmon of Knowledge.

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5 Amazing Ireland Destinations Most Tourists Miss

Ireland is a country filled with amazing history and iconic sights. Each curve of the country’s notoriously winding roads brings a new, breathtaking scene, dotted with castle ruins, fluffy sheep, or achingly beautiful landscape.
It’s these sights, and the stories that accompany them, that bring millions of visitors to Ireland each year, all armed with an itinerary of ‘must see’ attractions. But few visitors take the time to venture from their ‘trail of musts’ to discover amazing Ireland destinations most tourists miss.

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How to Handle a Flight Delay or Cancellation During Your Ireland ...

It has only happened to me once… but once was enough. A flight delay or cancellation is never fun but a little proactive action + a positive attitude can keep a bad situation from turning worse.

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Five Great Family Destinations in Ireland | Travels with Baby

Thinking of planning a family escape to Ireland, but not sure where to begin? This post will help kick-start your travel planning and give you confidence that (yes!) a vacation in Ireland with kids may be your family’s best adventure yet. With tips from our Ireland travel expert at Family Travel 411 (our sister site for travel with school-age kids) and author of the new guide Planning the Ireland Vacation of Your Dreams, Jody Halsted lays out just what makes each of these five Ireland destinations magical and memorable for families, with links to more recommendations and tips to plan an excellent family adventure in any one–or more!–of these family destinations in Ireland. Let’s go!

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Ten Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Ireland with Kids ...

Planning your first trip to Ireland can be a little overwhelming. Who knew there was so very much to see and do? After working with hundreds of families to create perfect Ireland itineraries and authoring Planning the Ireland Vacation of Your Dreams, I’ve found it helpful for families to know these ten tips before planning travel to Ireland with kids.