2018 April Featured Journalist: Jody Halsted
Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:34 PM

Jody Halsted is an award winning writer specializing in Ireland, camping, and RVing.

Based in the Midwest, Jody is a rambling soul who would love nothing more than to call her RV home, but until then she ‘lives the dream’ in Iowa with her husband and two daughters. Never one to follow the path most traveled, the family’s adventures usually involve quite a bit of driving, a lot of hiking, and some sort of meal cooked over fire.

Jody publishes three websites- Ireland Family Vacations, Camping Tips for Everyone, and Family Rambling -and keeps busy as a freelance writer, Ireland vacation coach, and aspiring genealogist in her 'spare' time.

What got you into travel writing?

The birth of my eldest daughter was my springboard into travel writing. I started a blog during my pregnancy and it was natural to talk about traveling with an infant- then toddler- then two children... In 2004 blogging was so new, and I was one of the first to focus on family travel. It really opened a lot of doors for me very early on.

What’s the most challenging part of travel writing for you?

I struggle with knowing my limits. I have a tendency to think that I can 'do it all'. And while I can- for a short time- it's so easy for me to overload. I really have to watch the partnerships I take on so I can give my best to each and not just complete work that is 'good enough'. I don't work well on the road so I have to be sure to stay home enough to complete assignments!.

What one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road? 

My essential oils. A little peppermint will help revive me, alleviate tension, and help fight off a headache. Lemon or orange if water is a little heavy on minerals. Thieves to kill germs. And Peace & Calming to relax.     

What was your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?

In 2003 my husband and I were in London, just outside Parliament. We struck up a conversation with one of the Bobbies on duty and, as his tea time approached, he invited us in for a private tour. At this time Parliament was not in session and tours were not available to the public. He took us through rooms that most people don't get to see and then we enjoyed tea with him and some others in the staff restaurant.  

What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?

Define and be known for your niche- don't generalize. You can always sell stories to other outlets, but be sure to define yourself as more than 'a travel writer'.

Find Jody's work at: http://irelandfamilyvacations.com

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