Jacinta O'Halloran

Jacinta O'Halloran

Senior Editor

Irish-born Jacinta O’Halloran has been calling NYC home for more than two decades. She can walk the part (fast) and talk the part (“Other cities? What do you mean?”) of a local, but she still experiences the city like a visitor (she still looks up).


  • Why do you travel?

    Itchy feet.

  • What’s one thing you never travel without?

    An open mind. Actually, I’m just trying to impress you. Truthfully: extra knickers.

  • What's your first travel memory?

    My first time flying: I won a trip to Lourdes when I was 13. It was a pilgrimage for the sick and I was an aide. On the flight, a nun smacked me for crying because my ears hurt. I was part of a candlelit procession for the sick and while they prayed for relief, I prayed for the young novice priest to leave the priesthood and marry me.

  • What is your favorite book or genre of books?

    Historical fiction.

  • What’s on your travel bucket list?

    It’s a really big bucket but it includes Patagonia; Inis Meáin, Ireland; every castle hotel in Ireland; Tasmania; India – all of it; Japan - same; Valparaiso, Chile; Granada, Spain; Mesa Verde National Park...

  • Do you like traveling solo?

    I enjoy traveling solo but I prefer to share the drama, excitement, and memories with someone else.

  • What will always earn a spot in your carry-on?

    Hobes shoes, Tatcha hydrating mist, a book in case my in-seat entertainment fails, a phone charger and complete change of clothes in case my checked bag doesn’t make it.

  • What items do you always try to bring back as souvenirs?

    Depending on where I travel: Hats, records, textiles, crafts, and sports jerseys.

  • City or Country?

    Country. I love cities but lately, I find that I am longing for nature when I travel. I want mountains. Water. Wide, star-filled skies.

Most Recent Works

10 Small Travel Hacks for 10 Big Travel Pains

10 Small Travel Hacks for 10 Big Travel Pains

Some travel problems, like extreme weather, overbooked flights, or coughing or snoring co-passengers we can’t do much but whine about, but thankfully, there are some travel nuisances we can avoid.