Colorado looks like a beautiful state, and I’m sure there’s lots to do there, but it was never a place that was high up on my travel radar, but just how I found myself going to other places I never considered, like Las Vegas or Munich, I now find myself planning a trip to Colorado. Last June I attended the Travel Blog Exchange Conference in Vancouver, and it worked out great. I got a seat sale from Edmonton to Victoria, and I used a prize I’d won to stay at a nice hotel for practically free (I think I only paid $30 in tax for two nights). Then I boarded the ferry (super cheap if your only going by foot) and went to Vancouver, and spent a few days there before going home.
TBEX is in Keystone Colorado this year, and I went back and forth on whether or not I should attend. I enjoyed the conference last year, and I wished I made more of an effort to meet people when I was there. But traveling from Edmonton to Denver is much further, and more costly than traveling from Edmonton to Vancouver, or nearby Victoria. I’m a student on a limited budget, and I can’t just charge a trip on my credit card, and just hope it goes away.
I weighed the pros and cons endlessly. I kept checking the TBEX website to see if tickets were available. I asked other travel bloggers if they were going. Of course that was no help because some said yes and some said no. I also thought about New Orleans. Would I be able to afford to go there this year if I go to Denver and Keystone?
There are moments when I can go round and round in circles weighing pros and cons. Despite the rather ironic statement I’m going to make the best course to take in a situation like this is not to think, but to do. If you think too much you’ll end up hesitating too much. Last year I could have gotten an Edmonton to New Orleans flight for ridiculously cheap, like $400 roundtrip (plus tax). I debated too much, and by the time I was ready to purchase a ticket, the price had doubled, and gone out of my budget.
In 2010 I did the just act, don’t think too much manoever, and booked a great flight deal to New York. Of course after my excitement I soon came crashing down, as practical and critical me began asking all these questions. Where was I going to stay? How was going to afford this?
But I made it work. So when I started to panic a little bit after purchasing my TBEX tickets this year I reminded myself that I’d figure things out. The general idea of my trip so far is this:
- Go from Edmonton to Denver.
- Spend a night or two in Denver.
- Go from Denver to Keystone (that’s where the conference is).
- Spend two or three nights in Keystone.
- Go back to Denver. Hopefully find a cheap flight to New Orleans.
- Spend a few nights (maybe five or so) in New Orleans.
- Go from New Orleans to Edmonton.
The research part of a trip is always fun for me. I’ve already started to look at airfare, even bus and train options. I’m keeping an open mind and trying to be creative to stretch my travel budget. I may have not expected to go to Colorado this year, but now I’m starting to get excited for it. So I think I am going to Colorado, and the more I start looking into it, the more I want to make this trip work.
What travel plans do you have this year? Are you going to TBEX in Keystone, CO? Let me know in the comments.