I'm seriously considering going to anthrocon this year. I'm 18, and I would have to get from California to the convention on the cheap. Any suggestions on method of travel (I have wheels but at ~16mpg maybe 22 on highway would it be cheaper another way?), cheap hotels/motels nearby, and stuff to do for someone going it alone?
From California, the most likely inexpensive travel method is Greyhound, or other bus service; next would be airplane flight, train travel, and carpooling of some sort (Though from California, any drive is likely to occupy several days and involve overnight stops along the way).
As for hotels; the convention still has rooms available at the Doubletree, for about $135 a night after tax. While that might seem high, it is by far the best deal within a reasonable distance; the usual rack rate in the area is $200 a night. There is also a Room Share section in the forums, where you might seek to join a room share or offer one; sharing a room helps greatly lower costs.
Alright, I got motivated and found some stuff and here's what I got...
Greyhound $108 plus tax @ 9.25% + $45 reg + ($135 * 4 nights) = $702.99
Add food and such on top of that and I've blown half of my savings... guess I'll have to wait a few years :/ Thanks for info tho.
Well, if you can share your room with one other person, you can reduce the room cost to $270 for four nights, which should put you under $500. Still, at this point, it may be more prudent to wait until Anthrocon 2011.
In budgeting for Anthrocon, or any other furry con, It's wise to plan a budget by the FRESH-T acronym: Food, Registration, Emergency, Stuff, Hotel, Transportation. Too add to your calculations: Food (including beverages) tends to run from $20-40 a day, Stuff might include all sorts of purchases you wish to make, and Emergency is generally best as a $20 or a credit card, someplace secure and not in your wallet.
Yeah, it might take a year or two but I'll be heading over there at some point. For now I'll probably head over to http://campfiretails.org/ because its within driving distance, and cheap.
Once again, thanks for the help.
I'll throw this idea out there in case anyone comes along and is trying to figure out hotel stuff. I'm staying at the Motel 6 in Crafton, which is about a 15 min drive from the con, and apparently there's a decent amount of parking downtown. $40 a night is also a great rate if you're trying to keep costs down, even with having to pay for parking later on.
Maybe next year after I meet some folks and such then I can start looking into splitting a room at anthrocon
There is usually good amounts of parking downtown, but keep in mind that parking lots and garages may fill up on the days of the con. As the convention keeps growing, we do fill up lots of the parking in the downtown area.
I figured that. I'm tempted to just make sure to be there earlier in the morning, even if I am just hanging out around the DLC until things open up. It's my first time so I'll figure out how all this works.