Tag archives for Ireland

Crafting a travel story that truly succeeds rests on four pillars of engagement: with your subject, with yourself, with your audience, and with your writing. How do I go about trying to achieve this? I think the best way to explicate that is to trace my own journey when I work on a story: before, during, and after the trip. Here’s Part III: Re-Creating the Stepping Stones of Your Journey.

Crafting a travel story that truly succeeds rests on four pillars of engagement: with your subject, with yourself, with your audience, and with your writing. How do I go about trying to achieve this? I think the best way to explicate that is to trace my own journey when I work on a story: before, during, and after the trip. Here’s Part II: Finding and Focusing Your Story on the Road.

Crafting a travel story that truly succeeds rests on four pillars of engagement: with your subject, with yourself, with your audience, and with your writing. How do I go about trying to achieve this? I think the best way to explicate that is to trace my own journey when I work on a story: before, during, and after the trip. Here’s Part I: Plotting Your Story Before You Go.

From strolling around Fitzgerald Park to ringing the famous bells of Shandon, Traveler associate editor Susan O’Keefe found a great variety of diversions in Cork city–and never once felt like a stranger. “Corkonians are friendly and engaging,” Susan says. “They’re proud of their Celtic heritage and enjoy telling stories. Just pull up a chair at a pub and listen.” Here, she shares her discoveries in the city and beyond.

Can you go back to the 1820s? In Ireland, you can. (Don’t worry, there is still great WiFi.)

I just returned from a week in Galway with my entire family. With eight of us, ranging from 20 to 61, there’s bound to be conflicts, alliances, and laughter. Here are my hard-won tips for multi-generational travel!

Molly McCluskey divides her time between Washington, D.C. and various cities in Europe — but keeps returning to the land of her ancestors, Ireland. She lived in Galway City last summer and will be returning for a second dose of Irish hospitality this summer. Here are a few of her favorite things about the “City of the Tribes.”

Ireland’s notoriously “soft” weather makes the fields gloriously golden, but it also makes the ground soggy for would-be campers looking to experience nature. Leave it to Irish ingenuity and hospitality to adapt the camping experience with refined yurts, pods, and safari tents outfitted with duvet-covered beds, antique furniture, and woodstoves.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March…

Céad míle fáilte, Ireland’s oft-repeated blessing, means “a hundred thousand welcomes.” That promise of hospitality has rung true wherever I’ve traveled in the Emerald Isle, but I’ve never felt more welcome than I did in Galway. And nothing embodies that spirit quite like Frank Maher of the Petra House Bed & Breakfast. Here are a few of Frank’s favorite things about his hometown.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our round ups.

I Heart My City: Rachel’s Dublin

New Zealander Rachel Farndon sold everything she owned, bought a one-way ticket to Ireland, and has been seeing the sights for a year now with no plans to leave. Take a look at Dublin through the eyes of a woman who says she “can’t possibly praise it higher without looking ridiculous!”

Leprechaun Luxury

Confession: I’ve seen Shrek with my boys at least a half-dozen times, bought them every Harry Potter book in the series, and, if I had a daughter, would relish the chance to dress her as princess on Halloween. So I decided to take my family to Ireland to recapture some of the magical innocence of childhood while exposing my kids to a country steeped in both history and folklore.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

Emerald Isle Escapism

We’ve all experienced how hard it can be to transition from vacation mode to everyday mode. That’s why I decided to tack on a few days of downtime to my family’s summer travels to help us ease back into our routines. After spending a hectic week in London navigating the Olympic games, I figured Ireland was the perfect place to decompress before our return flight dropped us back in reality.

This week’s #FriFotos * theme is GREEN. Kermit the Frog often bemoaned his coloration, saying it ”blends in with so many ordinary things.” That’s certainly not the case in Ireland, where the very nearly day-glo hue of the hills is so bright you gotta wear shades. The crew at Intelligent Travel wants to wish everyone a safe and…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back for our round ups.

It looks like Boston might have some competition when it comes to the most authentic place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While it’s difficult to dispute Beantown’s popularity as a favorite destination for travelers in search of a loud and proud place to celebrate, new Census data shows that it might not be as Irish…

Put aside your smart phone and spend your vacation off the grid at an Amish Bed & Breakfast. B&Bs in Pennsylvania Dutch country offer a glimpse into the Amish way of life, bringing visitors farm-fresh foods, trips to auction-style “mud sale” fundraisers, and the chance to learn about and connect with the “Plain People” and…

Welcome to Library Fridays, where we excerpt a title put out by our colleagues at National Geographic Books. Today’s pick is the new photo book Britain & Ireland: A Photo Tour of the Enchanted Isles, written by Robin Currie and featuring images from many of our National Geographic photographers. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find inside. …

Ireland in Pictures

Have you ever traveled to Ireland? Well if you’re one of the 8.6 million tourists who explore the Emerald Isle each year you may have Sir Cornelius O’Brien to thank, say our pals over at NationalGeographic.com: Ireland’s booming tourist industry was predicted by Sir Cornelius O’Brien–a self-proclaimed descendant of legendary High King Brian Boru–who wanted…

My City Celebrates: Fiona’s Dublin

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is Fiona Hillard, of the Glove Box Blog who gives us a dose of Irish cheer from Dublin. What…

‘Ello city-lovers! Former Traveler intern Ally Burguieres is studying in Belfast, Ireland, right now, and shares some tips on what to see and do in her adopted city. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to…

Friend of IT Ally Burguieres is taking a road trip in Ireland this week, just as the country gears up for St. Patrick’s Day. She’s got a car, and wants to know where to go. In Traveler’s October issue, John Rosenthal asked the question, “Do You Really Want to Drive?” about the risks of driving…

We’d like to welcome the newest member of our IT team, Alexandra “Ally” Burguieres, who will be interning with Traveler this summer. She’s just back from working on her dissertation in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she realized that saving sea stars is no day at the beach. Last month in Killybegs, a town on the…