Thursday, May 11, 2006

London vs. Dallas

Decisions, decisions, decisions. I cannot afford to go to the Atlanta conference this year. A fact I had settled myself to until I opened the brochure of all the courses and started to peruse. Then I fell upon the couch and let out a wail that sent my dog scurrying off to another part of the house. But there is not much to be done about it. You cannot get blood from a stone. I know. I've tried. I consoled myself with the thought of Dallas the year after.

But then another more pressing desire kept cropping up. London. It kept seeping into my subconscious like a voice in the back of my head. And the more I listened, the more I wanted to go. Now. As soon as possible. Soon for me being next year (the whole blood out of a stone issue again). I checked out the airfares, the cost of hotels, estimated a food budget, spending money...

And realized if all goes as planned, it may well be quite doable.

At the expense of Dallas.

Conference versus research trip. Dallas versus London.

If Dallas, I would no doubt travel as a group. If London, I may well be going alone. That idea both excites and scares me. I've never traveled alone before. I'm directionally challenged in the worse kind of way. But at the same time, there is a certain amount of freedom that comes with the notion of doing something scary all on your own. And I soooo want to go.

Then again, if I were to sell something before then, I may well be able to afford both trips. And if I can only take one, then at least whichever I choose will be tax deductible.

But which one to choose? Ah, that is the dilemma.

10 comments:

Peggy said...

If it were up to me, I'd choose London. For sure. Nothing like hands on research, anyway---if you write Regency!

Erin said...

London! Going there in...36 days. Some suggestions: book well in advance, paying in advance also saves money (but can suck majorly if you have to cancel) and learn to decipher what they really mean on hotel websites. ;)

Good luck, whichever your choose!

Kelly said...

I'm expecting you to come back with lots of info on where I should go! Oh and a map would help. You know how directionally challenged I am.

Erin said...

I plan on having lots of pictures, too...and info. We're doing so much freakin' preplanning for this, it's not funny!

Too used to just booking hotels, packing the car and driving to Salem. ;)

Maxx said...

hellleewww... have we forgotten what I do day in day out every single bloody day over and over and over again... *fwop*

Rene said...

Oh, that's a no-brainer. London. As for the workshops, you can order the cd's. That's what I did for Reno. I listen to them on my iPod when I go to the gym.

Kelly said...

Uh...book government travel? Why?

Anne M said...

Both sound like terrific trips but I think I would choose London. Then, if you sell before then, you can go to Dallas too.

Nikki said...

I say London for sure. Conferences are great, but you've been there, done that, and why go through it again when you can spend your time researching and meeting hot British guys!!!

I'm lovin' the picture of you!!! YOu look great!!!

Michelle said...

London, hands down! You can stash me in your suitcase. :)