HoooWEE it's expensive to travel these days. As the weather gets warmer, I get the itch to book travel and take off... but what with fuel prices and the stinky dollar, I despair. Just last night my bf and I came this close to booking one of those mostly-inclusive European trips. He's long dreamed of visiting Ireland (his people), and while it'd be an incredible hardship to jaunt across the Emerald Isle, I'm a good gf so I found us said travel package. It included airfare, a night in Dublin, a rental car, and vouchers for 5 nights at B&Bs across the country, for the (these days) low-low price of just under a grand each. Sounds great, right? We were so close to making this dream a reality when the word "vouchers" caught our attention. Hmmm. What if the B&Bs accepting these vouchers are few, or sketchy? There's no way we could afford emergency, last-minute lodgings in the UK where the pound is even hardier than the Euro... so, reluctantly, we backed away from the "Buy" button. Now, in the pits of our non-traveling misery, there's a light — two, actually: Rick Steves and Rick Seaney. Together, the Ricks will assure us travel — even European — is still possible in today's economy, and will offer tips on how to do it as cheaply as possible.