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Welcome to "Traveling in Ireland," the podcast where Jody Halsted, your go-to Ireland travel expert, chats with locals about their areas and tourism businesses. Listen for laid-back conversations that spill the beans on the best places and experiences Ireland has to offer. From the buzz of Dublin to the tranquil spots in County Kerry, we're diving into it all. Get ready for stories, insights, and tips that go beyond the guidebooks. Plus, I'll be dishing out some Ireland travel tips to make your trip smoother than a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.



Whether you're a newbie or a frequent flyer to Ireland, this podcast is your shortcut to the real deal. Grab your favorite beverage, kick back, and let's chat all things Ireland on "Traveling in Ireland" with Jody Halsted.

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    • 4.9 • 160 Ratings

Welcome to "Traveling in Ireland," the podcast where Jody Halsted, your go-to Ireland travel expert, chats with locals about their areas and tourism businesses. Listen for laid-back conversations that spill the beans on the best places and experiences Ireland has to offer. From the buzz of Dublin to the tranquil spots in County Kerry, we're diving into it all. Get ready for stories, insights, and tips that go beyond the guidebooks. Plus, I'll be dishing out some Ireland travel tips to make your trip smoother than a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.



Whether you're a newbie or a frequent flyer to Ireland, this podcast is your shortcut to the real deal. Grab your favorite beverage, kick back, and let's chat all things Ireland on "Traveling in Ireland" with Jody Halsted.

    Your Ireland Vacation: What You Must Book in Advance

    Your Ireland Vacation: What You Must Book in Advance

    When planning an Ireland vacation there are a few things that MUST be booked in advance of your trip and not left to chance.



    From accommodations to attractions and experiences to tours, these are the things you need to arrange prior to arriving in Ireland.

    • 8 min
    Declutter Your Ireland Itinerary

    Declutter Your Ireland Itinerary

    How Much Touring Can You Do in One Day in Ireland?

    The answer will vary based on where you are and how much driving you plan to do.



    In this podcast Jody offers advice for how much time to spend in Ireland's most popular locations, as well as day trip advice from Dublin, Galway, Doolin, Kilkenny, and Killarney.



    Visit the complete show notes to download free reference materials to help you plan your Ireland vacation.

    • 19 min
    Cool Facts about Ireland Winter Vacations

    Cool Facts about Ireland Winter Vacations

    When fewer tourists are in Ireland you can actually get more vacation!







    Airfare to Ireland begins to fall in September, and by October rates are as low as you will likely see them. (Read my tips for finding great airfare to Ireland!)  







    The package deals on Ireland winter vacations are often incredible- airfare, car and lodging- for one low price. (See 4 Steps to Choosing the Best Ireland Vacation Package for You).







    But why would anyone want to visit Ireland during the “darker half” of the year?  Can you really have a fabulous vacation in Ireland when the days are shorter, the nights are longer and the air is chillier?







    The short answer?  YES!







    The Burren, in County Clare, is filled with surprises. Like this colt, its fuzzy winter coat keeping it warm as chilly fall winds blow in from the Atlantic. Photo was taken in Late October as the days became shorter and the weather much cooler.





    5 Reasons to Travel to Ireland in Fall and Winter







    Great Deals







    Mid-October marks the beginning of the “off-season” in Ireland, which runs through the end of April. With the exception of Christmas and St. Patrick's Day, this is the slow tourism season for Ireland- which means your money will go further!







    Even if you don't snag a package deal, you'll see that prices on everything from Ireland hotels, B&Bs, and even car rentals drop in the off-season.







    Everything you need to know about car rental in Ireland







    Fewer Crowds







    Or no crowds at all!







    While some attractions close during the off-season, many do stay open through mid-December, closing or limiting their hours in January and February. This is a great time to tour popular sites without hoards of people around.







    When we visited Cahir Castle in November my family explored the grounds without another tourist in site. With fewer tourists, the guides at Bunratty Castle have time to share little known facts. And the Cliffs of Moher seem even larger when not swarming with visitors.







    The Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick after a snow storm





    More Craic at the Pub







    While traditional music may not play nightly in the off-season you'll still find plenty of craic at the pubs.







    A pub is not a bar, though you will find plenty of pints being lifted, but a public house; a gathering place for people to come together, young and old. And when the weather turns sour and darkness falls early people tend to congregate near a crackling fire and conversation. Join them, enjoy the stories, buy a pint or two for the interesting characters, and share your own tales. There is no better way to enjoy Ireland.







    Ireland in October







    Halloween in Ireland







    Even the church at Bunratty Folk Park isn't safe from Zombies at Halloween.





    Halloween derived from an old Celtic festival known as Samhain (sow-en) and Ireland is an ideal location to celebrate the Eve of All Hallows and explore the traditions that have stretched through the centuries!







    From haunted castles to stone circles,

    • 19 min
    County Limerick: Beyond the Tourist Trail

    County Limerick: Beyond the Tourist Trail

    County Limerick can often feel 'untouched' by tourists. Medieval towns, ancient history, and tranquil countryside await the curious visitor.



    Today's guest is Brendan Skelly, co-owner of Bronze & Boru, and exceptional driver guide service based in Limerick.

    Brendan offers a primer of the county that will hopefully entice you to spend a bit of time in County Limerick.

    • 27 min
    Birds of Prey Demonstrations and Hawk Walks - Amazing Ireland Experiences

    Birds of Prey Demonstrations and Hawk Walks - Amazing Ireland Experiences

    Adding a birds of prey experience to your Ireland vacation is an educational and exhilarating experience.

    In this podcast episode you'll learn a bit about the sport of falconry, the difference between a birds of prey demonstration and a hawk walk, and where you can find these experiences across Ireland.



    Full show notes and links to every experience at:

    • 21 min
    Tips for Using Your Mobile Phone in Ireland

    Tips for Using Your Mobile Phone in Ireland

    If you're anything like me, your mobile phone is your main mode of communication, the camera you use most often, and your entertainment center. So when you travel you want to use it just like you do at home.







    There's only one problem – the cost.







    It's not always cheap to use your cell phone in Ireland – but with the proper planning you won't be surprised with a nasty sticker shock on your next bill.















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    Tips for Using Your Mobile Phone in Ireland







    Roaming and data charges in Ireland can break your budget if you're not careful. These tips will keep you connected affordably.









    * Turn your data off when in Ireland! Or keep your phone in airplane mode. Every little ‘ping' counts against your data plan- and international roaming will result in a higher-than-expected bill when you return home.







    * Contact your cellular provider and inquire about using your mobile phone in Ireland. Confirm that your device is compatible with GSM (Global System for Mobile) used in Europe, and then inquire about an International calling plan which includes both talk minutes and data. Some providers also have a ‘use it like you do at home' option for an additional cost per day. (More on this below.)TIP: My personal advice on these plans is for one person to use this if a home phone number or text is needed during your trip. Daily costs can add up quickly so supplement others in the group with a portable wifi device.







    * Purchase an eSIM or Irish SIM card. If your phone is able, an eSIM is the easiest option. A quick scan of a code, a simple toggle of settings, and you are ready to go! My go-to eSIM provider is Wifi Candy. Easy to set up and great connectivity.A replaceable SIM card- which you put into your phone, removing your local SIM- only works if your phone is unlocked (US phones under contract usually aren't- ask your service provider if yours is unlocked or can be). You can pick up a prepaid SIM card in Ireland at the WH Smith Shop at Dublin or Shannon Airpots, the Left Luggage store in Dublin airport, or at any Tesco, Three, eirMobile, or Vodafone retailers. Learn more about SIM cards here.







    * Buy a cheap prepaid phone when you arrive. It's just handy to have a phone – you may need to make quick calls to B&Bs for directions or to make reservations for a tour or dinner you just found out about. If you don't need a ‘smart phone', you can pick up a disposable prepaid phone at Tesco locations throughout Ireland.







    *  Rent a mobile wifi unit. Most car rental companies now offer the option of adding a mobile wifi unit to your rental. Their rates, however, are high. For mobile wifi in Ireland I recommend Wifi Candy. Their prices are affordable, and data is unlimited for the duration of your rental. Just set your phone settings to ‘wifi calling' to make phone calls or use a calling app (below).Tip: WifiCandy also offers Call Candy mobile phone re...

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

wlk1965 ,

By far the best Ireland travel podcast

If you’re considering visiting Ireland for the first time or you’re a veteran traveler in the Emerald Isle, this is a must-go podcast for finding those hidden gems and avoiding pitfalls that could lessen your enjoyment of all that Ireland has to offer.

Jody is a seasonal traveler to Ireland, take a moment to listen and let her help you make the most of your time in Ireland. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. Sláinte!

Nutty Quaser ,

New listener, so glad I found your podcast

I’ve been listening for a while, heading over again in May and recently found your podcast. I’ve ordered the planning guide and I’m looking forward to check out a lot of your suggestions. I am enjoying each episode… Thanks so much for doing what you Jody!

bjk1994 ,

So Helpful in Planning!

I’m planning a trip to Ireland for the first time in August and this podcast has been such a huge help. I heard good things about Ireland but basically only knew about Dublin, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher and that’s it. This podcast helped me learn about other must-see sites to go to and had great tips on everything from traveling, lodging, tours, and even international phone plans. I feel very prepared for my trip now!

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