On July 10, we received another upbeat email from Rick, this one with lots of useful personal tips to help us prepare for the trip, and a link to http://www.ricksteves.com/tours/rick-tips. I downloaded the free app, "Rick Steves Audio Europe," pulled out my "Rick Steves' Ireland" guidebook, included with the money belt in the gift package mentioned earlier, and started daydreaming about what promises to be one of our greatest travel adventures ever.
Today, we are packed and ready for departure five days early. I can't remember being this excited, or this well-prepared, for any other trip. Thanks Rick!