As you may have noticed, my savings meter has been creeping up towards 50% lately, thanks to the IRS and my paranoid overpayment of federal taxes during the year. I'm now almost halfway to my goal, which is, admittedly, higher than it should be because when I was originally planning the trip, I included J (and it looks bleak as to his attendance). He still may come for the weekend bit of the conference, though. We'll see...registration isn't until June, so there isn’t any HUGE rush to figure it out.
Anywho. I went to the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel website today and reserved myself a room. I also checked out airline prices. I've run into a few decisions that I could really use help making.
1) Should I drive or fly? My car is on the fritz. It really is. Yesterday it was 56 degrees here and the sudden change in temperature caused my car to have a massive coronary (in the way cars do). It's fine now, but I don't know how it'd do in a 20-hour total road trip. As much as my car sucks right now, it feels more environmentally responsible to drive...and it's slightly cheaper. The flights I want to take will be booked soon, and I'd like to get the tickets as soon as possible, if I'm going to fly.
2) When should I leave and when should I return? I know the conference is from the 15th to the 18th, but I'm assuming that there's registration on the 14th and that the real meat of the conference starts early on the 15th. So, should I arrive on the 14th or 15th? And then, it seems the conference ends in the late afternoon on the 18th. Should I book the hotel room until the 19th? Checkout is at noon, so I could get away with checking out on the 18th if I leave that night. Do people usually stay until Sunday? Do people hang around together on Saturday night? I surely don't want to miss anything!
Someone who has attended an annual meeting before (or not): what would you do? Is there anything going on on the 14th besides registration? Should I put up another 150 bucks for Saturday night?