If you want to go someplace you've never been before, ask for some tips from someone who's been there recently ... better yet – ask someone who’s lived there ... even better – ask someone who's familiar with both the place you come from and the place you want to go.
You get a true cross-cultural exchange with a native Irish person
Marian Joyce grew up on the Sheep's Head Peninsula in County Cork. She has a degree in European Studies from the University of Limerick and has worked in Killarney, Galway, and Dublin.
You get more insightful tips from a frequently returning traveler
Marian and Michael Joyce, and daughters, Nora and Maeve, have planned trips to the four provinces of Ireland for family reunions and individual exploring for over 20 years. The Joyce family has lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1985.
You tap into the resources of our family living in Ireland
Marian and siblings Sean and Caroline have all lived and worked in both Ireland and the U.S., so we are at home on either shore. Sean has a successful construction business in Dublin where his wife Kathryn is a school administrator. (They met while working in Boston, MA). Caroline is a researcher who has done international student recruitment at University College Cork. She has worked as a zookeeper in San Diego, Sacramento, and for the Game Commission in Pocatello, Idaho. Their brother Martin and his wife Mary run a large sheep and cattle farm near Bantry, Co-Cork.
You work with a professional for whom travel is a passion
After college, Marian spent three years working in Germany – first at Hotel Preysing in Munich, and later in the sales department of Hoechst AG in Frankfurt; she taught English for a year in France with Mini-Schools (after an eventful Inter-Rail trip through 6 countries) and was a live-in nanny while taking French and German at the Universite de Strasbourg; she then lived for four years in Spain teaching English at the British Institute in Seville after earning a TEFL certificate in Barcelona. She and Michael married in Gibraltar in 1984 and later relocated to the United States.
Professionally, she has four years marketing experience at a Lancaster publishing company, two years with the Chamber of Commerce in information services, four years as office manager for a fundraising consultant; one year with a technology education company in curriculum development, three years with the American Heart Association in corporate events; three years as special events director doing marketing and development for the Lancaster Symphony until 2006.
In recent years, Marian has scaled back her work life and downshifted to an administrative position in Lancaster City. The slower pace enables her to enjoy a better balance between family time, friendships and creative pursuits.