Like the picture says, there will be no pot of gold for us Rileys. No visit to the Guinness Brewhouse. No gawking at the Cliffs of Moher. No snapshots of me sitting in cute little red pubs sippin’ a pint. Unfortunately, the Ireland trip did not work out. Some little leprechaun must have fooled me into thinking trips to Ireland were affordable during these tough economic times. Since Ireland is currently going through a financial crisis, package deals to Ireland have been slashed. But what they don’t tell you is that the airfare alone is enough to put a huge dent in your wallet. In fact, the Mexication we planned would’ve cost $3000 less than a trip to Ireland — food, drinks, lodging, airfare and airport transfers included.
The whole thing kinda makes me want to fall face-down on the ground, kicking and screaming for a minute or two. Okay, maybe an hour. But at some point, I’m going to pry myself off the floor and recalculate our travel budget to see if we can sock away any more cash for a possible trip to Ireland next year. With our luck, prices will have probably skyrocketed by then. But I guess it’s worth looking into.
Despite our bad luck, this story does have a happy ending. Since we had already put down a $100 deposit for the Mexication, we decided to keep the reservation. Whether we go to Mexico, Ireland, Dubai or Antarctica, we will go on vacation this spring.
So as much as I thought the Mexication was dead and gone, null and void, buried six feet under with no chance of parole, I realize that there are some things that do come back from the dead. Here we go, Mexico!