Oh well, it was a nice thought while it lasted.
Yup, kids, it looks like Ireland and Seattle are out in favour of less costly vacation locations. With the exchange rate such as it is, it doesn’t make sense for us to go right now and only for 5 days. A better exchange rate and longer time to spend in the isle will surely present its self soon enough.
Napa and/or Sonoma are looking like a good possibility, but I had really hoped to get out of the state and see a different part of the country or the world. Not to mention that I am still a bit gunshy with planning a Napa vacation since the last two times we tried we had major life events that precluded any sort of vacation (like getting laid off) and I don’t feel like tempting fate one more time…
So it is back to the drawing board to figure out a nice trip to take between December 23rd/24th and January 2nd. (And yes, I don’t mind traveling over/on Christmas or New Years. Actually, I prefer it!)
If we can’t find anything we can agree on within our budget, I may as well cancel my time off and work that week, since staying at home and using 5 vacation days seems like an enormous waste to me.