The Story Behind Traveling in Ireland

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This article is a bit different because, well, I'm interviewing myself! I've been bombarded with questions about why I love Ireland so much and how this whole adventure started. So, grab a cuppa, settle in, and let's dive into the backstory together!

Traveling in Ireland podcast episode 197

through the years…

Unveiling the Passion Behind Traveling in Ireland: A Personal Journey

Alright, let's rewind the clock to November 2002. Picture this: a wide-eyed adventurer (that's me!) landing in Shannon with nothing but a map, a book of B&Bs, and a whole lot of excitement. Yup, I was flying solo, and let me tell you, it was a trip of a lifetime.

From the moment I set foot on Irish soil, I was hooked. The landscapes, the people, the sheer magic of it all—it was like stepping into a fairytale. And those B&B hosts? Absolute gems. They didn't just give me a place to rest my head; they became my personal tour guides, showering me with tips and recommendations that made my trip unforgettable.

Fast forward a few years, add in a dash of marriage and motherhood, and voilà—family trips to Ireland became our thing. Sure, traveling with kids had its challenges, but the memories we made were priceless. And that's when it hit me: I had stories to share, tips to give, and a whole lot of love for Ireland to spread.

I was already working as a freelance travel writer, specializing in family travel, when I decided to niche down further. Ireland with Kids was born, evolving into Ireland Family Vacations, which eventually led to the Traveling in Ireland podcast, as well as products and services designed to help Ireland travelers plan their own memorable vacations.

Today, as I look back on the countless adventures that have brought me back to Ireland time and time again, I'm filled with gratitude. Whether I'm braving the cliffs solo, wrangling kids on multi-generational escapades, or leading eager travelers on unforgettable tours, each moment is a reminder of why I fell in love with Ireland in the first place.

So, to all of you who've ever wondered what fuels my passion for Ireland, here's the secret: it's the people, the landscapes, the sheer magic of it all. And as I eagerly await my next adventure on the Emerald Isle, I invite you to join me in embracing the joy of travel, one shamrock-studded journey at a time.

How Can I help You Plan YOUR Ireland Adventure?

Jody Halsted
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