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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Best Family-Friendly Airlines, According to Family Travel Experts

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Best Family-Friendly Airlines, According to Family Travel Experts

Choose these family-friendly airlines for your next vacation.

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Best Family-Friendly Airlines, According to Family Travel Experts

Is booking a flight for your family vacation a dreaded activity? As you peruse the available options, do you wonder which are the best family-friendly airlines? Are they worth the extra money over budget-friendly flights? What airlines offer the best service for families? Are there any airlines that really welcome children? And which airlines do the experts choose to fly?

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7 of the Wildest Sights Along the Wild Atlantic Way

Along the western shore of Ireland, where the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the rugged coastline, you will find the longest sign-posted driving route in Europe. The Wild Atlantic Way winds through 1500 miles of Ireland’s most rugged terrain; skirting mountains, hugging the sea-side cliffs, and passing through areas of incredible history.
To fully explore the Wild Atlantic Way- and do it well- would take months. Since few of us have that much vacation time, use these recommendations- one for each county along the route- as a starting point for your own Ireland itinerary.

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Irish Fest Summer School with Jeff Ksiazek | Traveling in Ireland ...

Jody is speaking with Jeff Ksiazek, Director of the Irish Fest Summer School and the Archivist for the Ward Irish Music Archives . They are talking about Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Irish Fest Summer School in Milwaukee.

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What to Pack for Ireland Travel Checklist

Traveling to Ireland? Use this handy 'What to pack for Ireland' travel checklist to be sure you don't forget any important items! Handy Ireland travel tips!

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Niall Gibbons, CEO Tourism Ireland | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 27

On this very special edition of the podcast, Jody is in Chicago to welcome her most distinguished guest yet, Naill Gibbons. Naill is the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Ireland. Listen as they chat about the special initiatives that resulted in the jump to Ireland’s tourism numbers as well as more exciting events will draw people to travel in Ireland.

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Unique Places to Sleep in Ireland

Places to sleep in Ireland are as varied as the landscape. Hotels, bed & breakfasts, and hostels can be found near every scenic vista and bustling town. But why opt for a traditional stay when, with only a little searching, you can spend the night in a truly unique Irish lodging?

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Eugene Maher of Shannon Ferries | Traveling in Ireland Podcast

Jody is talking with Eugene Maher, the Manager of Shannon Ferries, a quirky shortcut along Ireland’s Atlantic Way, connecting Tarbert, County Kerry and Killimer, County Clare.

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Spots You Shouldn't Miss When Touring Northern Ireland's ...

the mistake many visitors make when touring Northern Ireland has nothing to do with the sites they choose to visit- and everything to do with how long they choose to stay in the area. Just like the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland is not a spot to speed through, ticking off a bucket list and snapping photos as you go. At the bare minimum you should spend two days exploring the Causeway Coastal Route- though I recommend 4 days or more to fully absorb the drama, beauty, and history of the area.

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What Most Tourist Guides Don’t Tell You About Visiting Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

If you’re planning to explore the Causeway Coastal Route your itinerary probably includes plans for visiting Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Constructed of planks and wires suspended 100 feet in the air, the ‘rope bridge’ crosses the 60 foot chasm between Ireland and the small fishing island of Carrick-a-Rede.

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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.