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Travel vacation destinations come to life in your ears through the Amidlife Travler podcast. Discover countries, culture, history, tours, sightseeing advice and travel tips through the voices, humor and opinions of locals who live there or travelers who have been there… like hearing about Scotland from a Scotsman and Ireland from the Irish. Indulge your travel curiosities and find ideas for your next vacation. Helpful information for world travelers and those who want to travel. Season 1 explores Scotland through the voice, opinions and stories of a Scotsman named James. Topics include Scottish Culture, History, Whiskey, the Kilt, Brexit, Vikings, Highland Games and other fun stories..

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Travel vacation destinations come to life in your ears through the Amidlife Travler podcast. Discover countries, culture, history, tours, sightseeing advice and travel tips through the voices, humor and opinions of locals who live there or travelers who have been there… like hearing about Scotland from a Scotsman and Ireland from the Irish. Indulge your travel curiosities and find ideas for your next vacation. Helpful information for world travelers and those who want to travel. Season 1 explores Scotland through the voice, opinions and stories of a Scotsman named James. Topics include Scottish Culture, History, Whiskey, the Kilt, Brexit, Vikings, Highland Games and other fun stories..

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from the comfort of tyour earbud! Keep taking us around the world! ~ John Lee Dumas

Love this so much!

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Super cool podcast. Listened to it at work. Can’t wait to hear more. I am so horny

iTunes Ratings

69 Ratings
Average Ratings
68
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1
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Discorver amazing places and things

By EOFire.com - Apr 07 2018
Read more
from the comfort of tyour earbud! Keep taking us around the world! ~ John Lee Dumas

Love this so much!

By John Malloy24 - Apr 03 2018
Read more
Super cool podcast. Listened to it at work. Can’t wait to hear more. I am so horny
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Amidlife Traveler

Latest release on Nov 05, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Discovering Italy with my Teenage Daughter; A First International Trip Story

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This is a story of a Mom and her teenage daughter who traveled together internationally for the first time when they hopped on a plane to Italy just a few short weeks after a high school trip was cancelled.
It's about exploration and togetherness of shared family travel experiences, and how expanding family travels outside of the US can lead to great experiences. And about catching the world travel bug. Erinn's story of her first international passport stamp travel starts with taking her teenage daughter to Italy, then continues when she returns to Italy with her husband plus they tackle first time England and Iceland as well. Women Travel story.

See show notes for this episode online at www.amidlifetraveler.com

Apr 23 2018

23mins

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Rank #2: Why the Irish Love American Tourists + Irish People... Nosy or Friendly?

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So many Americans today can either relate to, or wonder about, their Irish heritage. What does that mean? Should I go visit and check that out? We're proud of something that we may not even understand. AND.... that goes both ways. The Irish people love it when American's of Irish descent visit Ireland, explore their roots... and just take a moment to say hello. Why? Because maybe we're connected, that's why. Or, maybe the Irish are just nosy. Either way, with the ease of flying between the US and Ireland then why not go explore your Irish roots?

Short travel podcast featuring Killarney Ireland local, Allan O'Connor. Full show notes, description and resource links available at www.amidlifetraveler.com

Nov 13 2017

7mins

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Rank #3: Why Whiskey Bottling Dates are Important; Scotland

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Listen to our Scottish friend James explain whiskey aging and bottling dates, why bottling dates are precisely tracked and what the "Angel's Share" of whiskey is. Learn why it is such a big risk it is for whiskey distillers to go for that prized, high-value 50-year single malt whiskey.

From this episode:

"..the Government official can then take the count of the literage that went through that day and then count the bottles. If they don't add up, that whisky does not leave the distillery until they find the missing whisky."

A 10 year cask will lose a third of the contents of the barrel to evaporation. We refer to that as the Angel's Share. It's quite nice. Hopefully I've lived a good enough life, I'll become a whisky angel.

"If they unearth a 50 year and it tests below 39.5% alcohol it will not be classed as a neat spirit, therefore it cannot be classed as single malt and you've just wasted 50 years."

"So it can be, you know, quite a skill, quite an art to make the whisky."

Aug 15 2017

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Rank #4: Killarney Ireland: 3 Reasons Why You Should Go There

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Is Killarney the capital of tourism in Ireland? Listen to this episode and decide for yourself. Either way, Killarney is a pretty cool place to visit according to host Laura from the Amidlife Traveler podcast.

In this episode, hear Laura share why she recommends travelers include Killarney if they are planning a trip to Ireland and the three things she really appreciated about Killarney from her visit. Then hear from Killarney local, Allan O'Connor about whether or not Killarney is the tourism capital of Ireland, and also the history of Killarney, including it's beginnings as a Victorian era, plus things to do in and around town.

Show notes and links for additional information on our website at www.amidlifetraveler.com

Guest note: Allan O'Connor is helpful Killarney local who is featured in multiple episodes of Amidlife Traveler podcast. Allan works at the iconic The Killarney Park Hotel as Business Development Manager, where he spends much of his time helping people discover and enjoy what Killarney and Ireland has to offer visitors.

Host note; The topics and shows featured in our Ireland series are based on our real experiences and opinions. This is not a paid program and is instead from our experiences in Ireland.
#travel, #travelpodcast #, #tourismireland, #tbexireland, #vacationplans #travelpodcast #amidlifetraveler #ireland #travel #enjoykerry, #killarney, #killarneyparkhotel, #

Nov 20 2017

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Rank #5: 10 minute Ireland? A preview of 25 Irish storytellers.

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Ireland... the land of storytellers, beauty, charm... and flat out fun. Will you learn everything about Ireland in 10 minutes? No. But will you get a taste of it? Yes. This episode kicks off our Ireland storyteller series, with a short 10 minute preview to the next 25+ episodes in our Ireland series where we will share Ireland travel planning tips and you can discover the warmth of the country through the welcoming voices and stories of locals who live there and travelers who have been there. Enjoy!

Nov 07 2017

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Rank #6: Edinburgh; The Most Haunted City in the World? + Ghosts, Whiskey & Travel w/Get Your Guide

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Did you know Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world? Neither did we. Hear about this gem, plus get the inside scoop on the ultimate vacation plan tool: Get Your Guide (GYG). Barely known to US travelers (but big in Europe!) GYG is a treasure chest of things to do worldwide from big attractions to small local authentic tours... like ghost tours, and whiskey tours, brewery tours, food tours, history tours, beach tours, hiking tours, walking tours....and on.

Oct 23 2017

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Rank #7: Travel Can Change Your Life w Rachel Hill Solo Female Travel

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This is a story about taking the courageous steps to make your life what you want it to be, and how travel can be a path to self-discovery and empowerment.

Happy New Year from the Amidlife Traveler podcast! This episode is for anyone who has travel as a New Year Resolution…. or anyone who is interested in travelling and explore the world, but could use a little motivation or inspiration.

In this travel podcast episode, you will hear the story of Rachel Hill. She is an inspirer and travel blogger with an online business built around travel and helping others. But she wasn’t always this way. Not too many years ago, Rachel had a successful corporate career earning 6 figures at a Fortune Top 50 corporation, but felt unfulfilled and anxiety ridden.

Rachel made a courageous decision to walk away from that career to take a break, and found herself on a 3 month trip travelling in SE Asia by herself. That travel experience renewed Rachel’s strength, sense of self, and motivated her to build her life in new way. In this episode, you will hear Rachel’s story in her words.

This episode is about life empowerment and enjoyment through travel experiences and you’ll get to learn about her travel blog www.racheltravels.com and her mission to share her love of travel and encourage people to explore the world. As with all of our podcast episodes, we post show notes and links to Rachels’ blog our website at www.amidlifetraveler.com.
With that enjoy this episode… Happy New Year … and safe travels wherever you may go.

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“It was life changing…for me travel really changed my life”

“When you get back… to your real world… or your real life, you have this new set of skills, and new set of confidence that you probably never even tapped into before.”

“You don’t know when your last breath is, so you just may as well just live it the fullest…right?”

Jan 01 2018

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Rank #8: 3 Opinions on Cork Ireland, the Rebel County vs Dublin, & if Tourists Should Visit

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So, what’s up with Cork? Is Cork the capital of Ireland? Is it the Rebel County? The Republic of Cork? Why do Cork and Dublin have a rivalry? Should visitors include Cork in their Ireland vacation plans? What is there to do in Cork and why visit?

When travel podcast host Laura planned her Ireland vacation, she included Cork but did not have activities planned other than a kayak tour. When asking about Cork from other visitors a common response was ‘Why are you going to Cork? What will you do there?”

Turns out there are a whole bunch of reasons why Ireland visitors might want to add Cork to their Ireland vacation plans. This great travel podcast episode, you will hear 3 opinions of Cork Ireland;

-American traveler Laura, from the Amidlife Traveler travel podcast
-Irishman Patrick McGrath who lives in Killarney today but grew up in Rosscommon
-Irishwoman Debbie B, who self-describes as “about as Cork as you can be”.

The conclusion? Cork is amazing, and yes tourists visiting Ireland should plan to stop there. Why? There is a unique charm to the Cork area that is a mix of modern urban edge, with stately historic respect. Plus, it’s surrounded by beautiful countryside to explore and have active adventures.

Show notes on this episode plus links to things to see and do in the Cork, Ireland area can be found at www.AmidlifeTraveler.com

Jan 11 2018

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Rank #9: Remarkable Allie Sherlock 12 Year Old Street Musician from Cork Ireland

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An interview and live music of Allie Sherlock, the 12 year old talented singer busker from Cork Ireland who seems to be taking the world by storm at the moment. In this podcast episode, you will hear .... the music and voice of this remarkable 12 year old girl.

Allie has become somewhat of an internet star after she started singing in public and busking on the streets of Dublin and Cork in Ireland. She started doing this for her love of music and singing, but once the videos of Allie Sherlock singing in the streets, the fame for her talent grew. With millions of view on YouTube and a huge Facebook Fan group, Allie hit the internet again of a different ink in the summer of 2017 when it was reported that she turned down the opportunity to fly to the US be on the Ellen Degeneres show.
In Fall of 2017, on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Cork,we happened across Allie Sherlock doing a live performance. We hadn't heard of her before, but watching and listening held us captive. This podcast episode shares a viewpoint of the experience of that day, a live recording of her music (accompanied by a video on YouTube) as she sang Adele's song Million Years Ago. It was powerful.
Allie's Dad, Mark Sherlock, took time to speak with us and then during a break also do a brief interview between songs. You can hear Allie and her Dad talk about how she got started in music after her Dad decided to take guitar lessons, the reactions of people who see Allie's performances, and Allie shares some of her current favorite artists. Enjoy!

About Allie Sherlock:
Allie Sherlock is a petite powerhouse with a huge smile and rich voice who is captivating people all across Ireland, and the internet. Allie is a busker, she performs on the streets of Ireland in both Dublin and Cork singing her heart out for the love of music and to sell CDs of her music. This podcast shares both a rare interview with Allie, and a song she sang in the city center of Cork Ireland.

For more show notes and resources about this podcast visit www.amidlifetraveler.com.
To get Allie's music on iTunes click here https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/allie-sherlock/1314464325

Jan 22 2018

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Rank #10: Great Ireland Vacation Experiences w/Cindy of One Perfect Day In Travel

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Are you looking for great vacation experiences in Ireland? If yes, then this is an episode for you! We sit down to chat and compare our '3 Best Experiences' from Ireland vacations along with Cindy Loe of the One Perfect Day In Travel (guide books, travel blog and a travel podcast). It was hard to limit to just three experiences, so there are some extras thrown in here.... Ireland vacation experiences include visiting ancient Ireland sites, taking a boat ride around the Eye of Ireland in a small town just outside of Dublin, enjoying Irish pub music / food / people, a museum in Dublin that has a collection of some of the oldest religious writings in the world amongst many faiths, the Dingle Peninsula, plus bike riding in Killarney National Park, hiking at Giant's Causeway, and kayaking on the Port of Cork.

Feb 14 2018

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Rank #11: 3 Great Breweries in Cork; Ireland Craft Beer

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Local craft breweries are opening up across Ireland, and Cork is no exception. In this episode, hear about three of the largest and most popular craft breweries in the Cork Ireland area, and one that might also be putting out some form of Irish moonshine in the near future?

Our Irish storyteller guest today is Debbie B., a Cork native and local who knows her stuff when it comes to things to do around Cork and where to discover and great local restaurants, pubs and of course, craft breweries. She is the food and beverage supervisor at the historic and iconic Metropole Hotel located in the city center of Cork. As a native of Cork and descendant of the famous Michael Collins, Debbie is smart, friendly and welcoming host who can easily help visitors find and enjoy what Cork has to offer.

#tbexireland

Dec 24 2017

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Rank #12: Remembering Gaelic in Scotland's Modern Culture

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Hear a Scotsman share about Scottish culture and Scottish Gaelic translation. More specifically about the historic divide and differences between mainland Scotland culture and history knowledge and the more remote Scottish Highland and Hebrides Islands where things like Scottish Gaelic language has remained woven into daily life and regional culture.

This travel podcast episode is a is a rare treat that combines a personal story and also a brief audio lesson in Scottish Gaelic translation.

For the Scottish Gaelic audio lesson, you’ll hear specific examples going back to city names in Scotland that were named originally in Gaelic and have certain meaning, but in today’s English speaking world we just think of that as the name of that city, without realizing the Gaelic roots and significance of why the city has that name.

By personal story, you will hear a Scotsman's concern over the loss of Gaelic in Scotland over time, coming from a person who grew up speaking Scottish Gaelic. …

QUOTES:

“So, I do worry about the loss of certain things within the language.”

“As the language changes, people just think it’s the name of something rather than having a meaning.”

“Inver, in the Gaelic language means, at the end of water.”

“So, it was a way of not just naming places, but giving them a description so that when people were traveling they could see it and they would find it.”

“I worry that, through that, we'll lose, forget, why things were named and what they were called.”

“Portree… it's called Port, as in harbor, and Ree as in the old Gaelic for king.”

“I don't want them to be forgotten for that.

For more detailed show note transcription of this travel podcast episode, please visit www.amidlifetraveler.com
#travel, #travelpodcast, #visitscotland, #gaelic, #scottishgaelic, #scottishhistory, #scotland, #scotlandculture, #inverness, #portree, #alnwick, #learnaboutscotland

Dec 16 2017

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Rank #13: The TripAdvisor Effect: Can We Trust Online Reviews & the Myth of Scotland's Fairy Pools

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The TripAdvisor Effect: Should we trust all online reviews we read? And are the famous Fairy Pools in Scotland a made up story from tour guides?

TripAdvisor has been in the news this week with breaking story across media sites about how one London man managed to get his garden shed listed on TripAdvisor as a restaurant then through a series of fake photos and reviews earned the coveted #1 ranking for best restaurant in London. If you haven’t heard the story, there are four articles at our website www.amidlifetraveler.com that you can get the details of, and it’s a good story. But what is the after-affect of this? Will it make people question or wonder more about the accuracy of online travel planning websites with ratings and reviews, such as TripAdvisor?

3 TAKEAWAYS

(1)Tourists have Monkey-See / Monkey-Do habits
Tourists tend to follow other tourists. While it can start at vacation planning by choosing destinations, hotels, and activities based on ratings of others, it continues into the vacation often with mindless tourist photo safari mentality that has so many people taking pretty much the exact same photos.
(2) The internet is drastically shaping travel and setting expectations of tourists.  
Travel booking sites with robust ratings and reviews are hugely influential for travelers for travel planning, for better or for worse. 

(3) “The Fairy Pools” on Isle of Skye was a story made up by tour guides
According to this pioneer tour guide who has led tours to the area for more than 10 years, there was not a place in the Isle of Skye named the Fairy Pools, until guides started to call it that. What began years ago as a story to share with groups of backpackers, has today evolved into a place topping many ‘must see’ lists for Scotland.
For show notes and more information please visit www.amidlifetraveler.com

#visitscotland, #travel, #travelpodcast, #FairyPools, #IsleofSkye, #Scotland, #scotlandtravel, #vacationplanning #tripadvisor

Dec 11 2017

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Rank #14: Ireland Vacation with the Mitchell Family, Making the Most of Teenage Years

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Meet the Mitchell family from Chatanooga, Tennessee who has made a priority the past two years to explore the world together and seems to be having a great time doing so.

During their kids' teenage years, the Mitchell's decided to spend the most of their time together as a family by not going on vacation to the same place twice. That decision led them to some amazing school break vacations, seeing about 10 different countries in the first two years.

You get to meet the Mitchells at a stop between tours in Belfast, Northern Ireland where they had just finished a black cab political taxi tour with Amidlife Traveler podcast host Laura H. Everyone was on a day tour from Dublin, Ireland that that included not only Belfast and the political tour, but also stopped at the Titanic Experience and spent much of the day at Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and drove along some stunning countryside and ocean view roads Northern Ireland.

Mar 06 2018

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Rank #15: Opinions on British Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth is a Great Lady and Prince Harry is my Favorite

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In this podcast, we're back in Scotland again exploring the culture and the country through the stories, opinions and voice of a Scotsman. With Britain's Royal family all over the news these days with new babies and upcoming weddings, this short podcast episode is about the Royal Family from a different view. Through story and opinion, hear a Scotsman share about how he thinks Queen Elizabeth is a great lady... and why Prince Harry is his favorite. Along the way, you get to hear a story about a dinner party and a finger bowl, plus thoughts on how overbearing it could feel for the royal family to have to live their lives open to public visibility and scrutiny.

With Britain's Royal Family all over the news these days, sending quick congratulations from our little podcast to out to Prince William and Kate Middleton for their newest family addition and to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their upcoming wedding. May every one of you enjoy love and happiness together...

Apr 28 2018

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Rank #16: Killarney Ghost Tour Experience w/ DB OConnor, Ireland

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Is Killarney Ireland haunted? Maybe. Is Ireland full of Celtic history? Definitely. A place rich with myth and legend, Ireland's stories (and ghosts?) continue on through generations. Listen to DB O'Connor (a seanchai -traditional Gaelic for keeper of old lore) as he explains the (original) Killarney Ghost Tour experience.

Looking to read the full story/show notes and get links Killarney Ghost Tour website and their TripAdvisor reviews? Click the link below.
https://amidlifetraveler.com/ep-17-killarney-ireland-haunted-db-oconnor-killarney-ghost-tour/

Oct 31 2017

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Rank #17: A Virtual Tour of Dublin's EPIC Museum - The Story of Irish Emigration

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This is a unique, virtual tour of the famous, EPIC Irish Emigration museum in Dublin, Ireland. As the world's first full interactive digital museum, this is an impressive stop on it's own. But, with 70 million people worldwide claiming Irish heritage it is also a beacon from a homeland with a rich tapestry of stories to share. EPIC is the story if Irish emigration and what happened across the world as a result of the Irish influencers worldwide who have shaped our modern societies through chartiable causes, scientific advances, sports, politics, literature and art.

The museum opened in May 2016, starting around 350 on the list of things to do in Ireland. By October 2017, it was listed #8 on TripAdvisors list, and by Spring of 2018 it ranked #5. And, if you visit, you will see why too. While hopefully someday every person of Irish descent will have the opportunity to visit Ireland, as a placeholder we hope that you enjoy this unique opportunity to get a short audio tour from Rory Cummins of the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin.

Visit EPIC museum website here https://epicchq.com/

Show notes and other photos can be found here www.amidlifetraveler.com

Apr 03 2018

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Rank #18: Take a Bike Ride in Killarney National Park, Ireland Vacation Idea

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Do you ever join bike tours or rent a bike to get around when you are on your vacation? We do!  And here's a virtual experience piece and advice for renting a bike and cycling in Killarney National Park in Ireland.  You'll learn about the two most popular biking routes in Killarney National Park (paired with map images below) and can then imagine yourself as part of  a ride, at a pitstop conversation that happened along the cross lines of  a lake shore, a view of Innisfallen island, a large lime kiln, and a peek-a-boo look at Ross Castle in the distance.  

Our bike rental and friendly advice comes from the people at O'Sullivan's Cycling and you can find them online at www.osullivanscycles.com . The bike path map images that show the routes discussed can be found at our website at www.amidlifetraveler.com

Thanks for listening!

Mar 19 2018

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Rank #19: Unexpected Ireland Adventure; Kayak Tour in Cork w Altantic Sea Kayaking

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The Ireland of the travel ads, with people absorbed in Celtic history yet enjoying the end of the day with a pint of Guinness in a pub is real... but it's not all of Ireland. For those who appreciate and enjoy being in nature with authentic connection experiences, there is more. There are trails to walk, mountains to hike, bike trails to ride, and oceans to explore by kayak. This is Ireland. An Ireland that the locals enjoy on weekends, and the tourists may happen upon an opportunity to join. One such opportunity is taking a tour with Atlantic Sea Kayaking in West Cork.

You can find Atlantic Sea Kayaking online at TripAdvisor, Facebook, or their website www.atlanticseakayaking.com
Show notes, links and photos from this tour and more ideas for Ireland hiking and kayaking adventure vacation tours are online at https://amidlifetraveler.com/kayak-tour-cork-ireland-active-adventure-vacation-idea/

Mar 26 2018

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Rank #20: Can You Apply for Irish Citizenship? Trace Your Irish Heritage

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Do you qualify to apply for Irish Citizenship? Maybe. Even if you were not born in Ireland, and your parents were not born in Ireland, you might be able to apply for Irish Citizenship if one of your grandparents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland. It's called Irish Citzenship through birth or descent. Explore this topic in a quick Ireland travel podcast episode.

https://www.irishfamilyhistorycentre.com/ https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/citizenship-by-birth-descent http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/irish_citizenship/irish_citizenship_through_birth_or_descent.html www.amidlifetraveler.com

Apr 11 2018

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