About & Contact

I’m Hazel Joy and I’m an Irish travel blogger whose personal interests, namely arts, culture, sport and history, influence the content on this site.

With an undergraduate degree in Medical Microbiology and a postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education leading to biology teaching, my qualifications are not the natural route to the blogging world. Lack of opportunity in the education sector led to work in the semi-state and private sectors where I honed my IT skills, engaging with a variety of platforms.

Living in a sun-starved country like Ireland is a huge motivation for travel so Arrivals Hall developed from the natural convergence of Vitamin D requirements with the desire to write about the essence of a destination.

The majority of posts on Arrivals Hall are written from the perspective of a solo female traveller… until such time my partner gets a job compatible with my travel schedule! Solo travel is an incredibly enriching experience which engenders self-reliance, resourcefulness and helps foster the most valuable skill of all in life…the ability to live with oneself.

My blogging philosophy is to inspire, educate and entertain. As I explained in my What is a travel blog piece I consider myself an observer bearing witness to places, people and their stories, and subsequently curating that experience.

Traits I least like in people are snobbery, bullying and lack of gratitude.

My favourite book is the World Atlas.

The most important thing about Arrivals Hall? You, the readers, who devote your precious time to reading my observations, so thank you for visiting this site.

I’m a co-founder of Threshing Cancer, a volunteer-led community group that raises money for cancer care support in County Kerry. I co-wrote the Threshing Cancer website and continue to volunteer with the group. I held my first photographic exhibition – Classic Cuban Transport – at the 2015 Threshing Cancer event.

Hiking near Carrauntoohil Lough Gouragh

Me hiking in the McGillycuddy Reeks near home. The lake behind me is Lough Gouragh and the peak on the left of the picture is Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland.

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Disclosure: I may earn commission on affiliate links to resource material and other products on this site. If you click a link and make a purchase Arrivals Hall gets a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products/services which I have used.

Are you a destination or a brand? Why not work with me to promote your product. Use the contact form below to get in touch with me. I’m particularly interested in hearing from destinations with a cultural or historical significance, and regions developing post-conflict tourism travel products/brands.

Are you a school or a community group? Why not let me design a blogging workshop/information session for you. I’m Garda vetted through my registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland. Use the contact form below to get in touch with me.

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