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, my qualifications are not the natural route to the blogging world. But 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.

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. 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!

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.

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Award Nomination: My post New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was a Finalist for the 2018 Blog Awards Ireland in the Personal Blog Post category, so check it out!

Print & Broadcast Media: Arrivals Hall got a mention in this Irish Times article. I’ve appeared on Radio Kerry’s TalkAbout show for a piece on travel blogging in general and offering advice on how not to get ripped off abroad.

Other Writing: My short play, The Technophobe, was performed by Dóchas Drama Group in Killarney as part of their Series of Short Plays performances in January/February 2019.

The Small Roads Theatre Festival in Kenmare performed two of my short plays in Kenmare, October 2019: Flight Connections and A Generous Offer of Unconditional Love.

Hiking near Carrauntoohil Lough Gouragh

Are you a destination, brand or business? Why not work with me to promote your product/service. Use the contact form below to get in touch. I’m particularly interested in helping destinations with a cultural or historical significance, and regions developing post-conflict tourism travel products/brands. My door is open for product reviews, sponsored posts and collaborations such as link exchanges/guest posting.

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.

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