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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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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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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Family Travel to Ireland #219 | This Week in Travel Podcast | Ireland ...

Jody is a guest on the This Week in Travel Podcast with Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen, talking about family travel to Ireland.

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Discovering the The Lost Valley

Located in the farthest southwesterly bit of County Mayo as the mountains begin to drop toward the Killary Fjord, you’ll find the Uggool (O-ghoul) Valley. There are many places along Ireland’s west coast that claim remoteness as part of their charm but few can lay claim to directions that state ‘beyond the end of the road.’ Indeed, there is one way in and one way out of The Lost Valley, a fact which played more than a little part in the valley’s near timelessness and unchanged landscape.

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Gerard Bourke and County Mayo's Lost Valley | Traveling in Ireland Podcast.

Jody’s guest is Gerard Bourke the 6th generation landowner in Uggool, County Mayo’s Lost Valley. He and his family welcome tourists to take a step back into Ireland’s past.

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Traveling in Ireland Podcast: Airports in Ireland with Corey Taratuta from Irish Fireside

Jody is talking with Corey Taratuta from Irish Fireside. Today, they are discussing the ins and outs of airports in Ireland. Learn what to expect and tips to make your life easier as you travel to and from Ireland.

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3 Ways to Get Outdoors & Active in Sligo

It’s the county that inspired W.B. Yeats, yet Fáilte Ireland figures reveal it is the least visited county along the Wild Atlantic Way; the tourists that do find their way here pass through with quick glances through a window as they travel from Point A to Point B. With miles of inland and ocean water ways, magnificent megalithic sites, and natural wonders showing off in amazing abundance, there is plenty of reason to stay a few days to get outdoors & active in Sligo.

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Get off the Tourist Trail at Yeats Country Hotel in Sligo

The protected peninsula of Rosses Point, reaching from Sligo like a small hand between Sligo Harbour and Drumcliff Bay, is a well known local holiday spot. The sandy beach, ocean-side golf course, and marina, draw families searching for an active, yet relaxing, break. Yeats Country Hotel, the only hotel at the end of the quiet peninsula, is a perfect spot for visitors looking to get off the tourist trail along the Wild Atlantic Way. Our three night stay gave us just a taste of this fabulous area and comfort of this full service hotel in Sligo....

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Traveling in Ireland Podcast with Ireland Chauffeur Travel

Jody is joined by Shane Leahy, owner of Ireland Chauffeur Travel. Ireland Chauffeur Travel offers driver guided tours in Ireland.

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Family Travel Tip: Hire a Driver Guide in Ireland

So what is the traveler to Ireland to do if they don’t want to do all the planning, but want to have a say in what they see and do?

You hire a driver guide!

Ireland Chauffeur Travel is a family owned and operated business based in Cashel, Tipperary and my first recommendation for a driver guide in Ireland.

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Car Rental Insurance Terms You Must Understand When Booking Your Ireland Vacation

Car rental is something I speak about with regularity, both here on Ireland Family Vacations and with travelers who are planning their Ireland vacation. The reason is simple: car rental in Ireland is not as ‘straight forward’ as it is in other countries. And if you aren’t prepared you may encounter a bit of sticker shock before you can take that car out onto the Irish roads.

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Four Amazing Donegal Destinations

The most remote county in the Republic of Ireland is receiving some much-deserved attention this year. National Geographic Traveller described Donegal as being “in a real sweet spot- off radar and hard to access, but on the cusp of a breakthrough.” And, as any good Star Wars fan knows, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi filmed on the Inishowen Peninsula last spring, which is sure to bring movie fans to the farthest northerly point of Ireland.