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.
The Story Behind Traveling in Ireland
This podcast 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!
Enchanting Gardens in Ireland
While gardens may not be what most people plan their Ireland vacation around, chances are you'll visit at least one.
The combination of nature's artistry and human design make visiting Irish gardens a truly spellbinding experience worth fitting into your itinerary.
In this podcast I'm sharing the gardens that feature on most Ireland itineraries as well as some truly spectacular gardens you might consider adding to your Ireland vacation.
Access the full show notes and images at https://irelandfamilyvacations.com/
Ireland's Top 10 Visitor Attractions in 2024
In this episode of the Traveling in Ireland podcast, I'm sharing the top 10 visitor attractions in Ireland for 2024, as determined by the Irish Independent Reader Awards.
You'll also learn expert tips for visiting these popular attractions, such as pre-booking tickets, visiting during off-peak hours, and exploring alternative options.
Overall, these attractions offer a great visitor experience and create lasting memories.
Pre-booking tickets and visiting during off-peak hours can enhance the visitor experience.
Alternative options, such as exploring nearby areas or taking guided tours, can provide unique perspectives.
The top attractions in Ireland for 2024 include the Guinness Storehouse, Cliffs of Moher, Waterford Greenway, Dublin Zoo, Emerald Park, Killarney National Park, Titanic Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Kilmainham Jail, and Spike Island.
00:00 Introduction and Overview
01:44 Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards
02:14 Top 10 Visitor Attractions
05:29 Expert Tips for Visiting Popular Attractions
06:23 Guinness Storehouse
07:46 Cliffs of Moher
08:39 Waterford Greenway
09:37 Dublin Zoo
10:35 Emerald Park
16:02 Killarney National Park
17:26 Titanic Belfast
19:52 Giant's Causeway
22:31 Kilmainham Jail
24:57 Spike Island
Complete show notes and all the links you need for more information and booking are available at https://irelandfamilyvacations.com/best-places-to-visit-in-ireland-2024/podcasts/
Explore County Cavan from Hawthorne Lodge
Explore County Cavan, an outdoor retreat of lakes, mountains, and open countryside, located halfway between Dublin and Sligo.
Guests Pauline and Samantha Rodgers, owners of Hawthorne Lodge B&B, take you on a virtual tour of this often-overlooked county located halfway between Dublin and Sligo.
Full shownotes at https://irelandfamilyvacations.com/explore-county-cavan-hawthorne-lodge/regions-and-counties/lake-counties/cavan/
Round Towers to Visit in Ireland - Amazing Ireland Experiences
Round towers are an -almost- uniquely Irish structure. (Only 3 ancient round towers exist outside of Ireland.)
At least 120 round towers are thought to have existed in Ireland. Today about 20 towers survive in complete condition.
Today you can visit many round tower sites, though only about 20 are still standing in complete form.
In this episode I'm sharing the round towers that visitors may plan to see, some additional round towers that could fit your itinerary, and 3 round towers you should definitely visit if you are nearby.
Full show notes can be found at
Ireland Shopping Tips – Best Souvenirs & the VAT | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 142
During your Ireland vacation you'll have dozens of opportunities to purchase Ireland souvenirs and gifts.
My advice? Buy items that will keep memories of your trip fresh for years to come.
An added bonus when purchasing Ireland souvenirs – the Value Added Tax refund you receive as you leave the country.
After years of traveling to Ireland with my family and groups, these tips will help you choose the best Ireland souvenirs and gifts for everyone.
Ireland Souvenir Buying Tips
* If you love it, buy it; you may not find it again. This is especially true for hand crafted and artisan items.* If you enjoy a busker and they have a CD available, buy it (or toss in a tip and add them to your Spotify playlist).* Irish whiskey – unless the items is exclusive to the distillery wait to purchase it at Duty Free. You'll usually get a better price, the purchase is tax-free, and you won't have to pack it in your carry-on bag.* Buy ‘trinkets' at Duty Free in the airport. Trinkets = inexpensive items you see in every gift shop.* Chocolates travel well – buy at Duty Free unless you find a chocolate shop you absolutely LOVE. * If buying chocolates as a gift purchase two. Unless you have exceptional willpower, one may not make it home.* Some items can (and should) be shipped. Pottery, crystal, and glassware are a good example of this.
Favorite Ireland Souvenirs for Everyone on Your List
* Children – bodhran, pet rock from Connemara, avoid the Irish tin whistle (hello recorder memories)* Women – Claddagh ring or other jewelry, handblown glass or Irish pottery, woolens* Men – whiskey or potcheen, Aran sweater or flat cap
Find the Best Ireland Souvenirs for Everyone
How to Get Your VAT Refund as You Leave Ireland
All the details – the types of VAT refund services and how to use them, as well as Dynamic Currency Conversion – can be found in the article linked below.
VAT Refund Ireland | Shopping Tips
Autumn Bounty Small Group Tour
We signed up for the tour, but, admittedly, my wife wasn’t too enthusiastic since we have previously been to a couple of the destinations. However, as we listened to your podcast while driving the hour and half from Cleveland to Pittsburgh for our Thanksgiving Dinner, Leslie became increasingly interested in the tour, especially by the dining experiences, Silver Works, and the ‘Lake of Learning’ adventure. Now she is all in! Thank you, Jody.
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!
Ireland Family Vacation
Heading to Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2024.
Enjoying walking with Jody through Ireland before I get there. Priceless podcast journey, whether you are going to Ireland or not.