So I've started planning my trip to Seattle next March. Long way off, but it'd be nice to catch some cheap(ish) flight deals.
My current plan is to go from the 7th to the 20th (which, after travel gives me 8th-19th of usable time) and then spend a few days either side of the MVP Summit exploring Seattle and the surrounding areas. I figure if I'm going to spend the better part of GBP500 to get there I might as well have a look around [smile]
The problem comes that the GDC is the week before the MVP summit. I'd love to attend the GDC - it's on my list of "thing to do before I die" (not that I'm planning on dying anytime soon though!).
So, first week GDC and second week MVP summit... how convenient and tempting - but equally, how damned expensive!
The price of transatlantic flights is going up by the week it seems (not long ago it'd cost me GBP380 return, now its more like GBP420) so I need to decide sharpish.
I'm inclined to think the GDC is a luxury rather than the summit which is a necessity (provided any/all of the DirectX team make it back from the GDC alive). The GDC is a fair price if you've got corporate backing or if you fit into one of the discounted roles, but given I don't have either and I'd pay for it entirely from my own pocket it's even more difficult to justify [sad]
I don't really know why I'm writing this... probably because I've not made any progress with my D3D10 book (that is, no pretty pictures to show yet) and some stupid hope that someone will post a comment explaining why burning a huge chunk of my salary on a tour of the USA including two conferences is a good idea [lol]