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Jody Halsted and family at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Antrim, Ireland.

Family vacations in Ireland: Touring Ireland with children will be a family vacation of a lifetime. Ireland is a land of magic and folklore; stories and storytellers; fairies and the occasional leprechaun.

In Ireland, ancient landmarks beg to be explored by inquisitive minds young and old. In the great outdoors, Ireland’s coastline – from the Wild Atlantic Way to the sandy beaches of Ireland’s Ancient East – calls families to swim and surf. Inland caves, bogs and woodlands beg to be explored on foot, by horse or mountain bike.

One person who knows more than most about family vacations in Ireland is Jody Halsted, a travel expert from Iowa.

“Busy families want a memorable, magical family vacations in Ireland…not a one-size fits all coach tour”

Jody’s love affair with Ireland began when she was traveling solo. Traveling in Ireland with her husband and two children has only deepened her love of the country, she says.

Jody publishes Ireland Family Vacations, an online resource dedicated to Ireland family travel. Jody set up the website because of the number of questions she was asked by families wanting to experience the magic of Ireland. “They wrote to me asking for itinerary suggestions and recommendations,” she explains.

“These families didn’t want a one-size-fits-most escorted coach tour. They desired an itinerary that fit their travel style. They wanted the kind of advice that comes from first-hand experiences of traveling in Ireland with a family.

Jody and her family explore new areas of Ireland on every trip…and make new friends along the way

“These busy families wanted a memorable, magical vacation in Ireland without the feeling of being overwhelmed that often comes with planning family vacations to an unknown destination. They wanted ideas and options with the ability to follow the road less traveled if it beckoned.”

Jody recommends hiring a driver-guide if you are traveling to Ireland with your family but don’t want the stress of arranging everything (from accommodation to activities) or the stress of driving (on the left-hand side of the road!).

At Ireland Chauffeur Travel, we work with Jody to create memorable experiential vacations for families who wish to tour privately.

To see Jody’s itineraries and read her travel tips, visit irelandfamilyvacations.com/blog

More about Jody:

Jody Halsted is a freelance writer and publisher of Ireland Family Vacations, where she shares her knowledge of the magic of Ireland and inspires families to explore Ireland’s wonders. Jody has a long-standing love affair with Ireland!

She and her family vacation in Ireland every year. They explore new locations and make “new friends along the way”.

Her book, Planning the Ireland Vacation of Your Dreams ($14.99), is a step-by-step guide to planning the Ireland vacation you’ve been dreaming of! It is available to buy online here.

When she’s not traveling, Jody works as a freelance writer and home-schools her daughters. During her “down time”, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband Doug.

Check out her podcasts and blogs on irelandfamilyvacations.com

Email Jody at jody@irelandfamilyvacations.com

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