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Leavin’ Las Vegas Alone.

March 22, 2010

Last week, I decided to do something I am pretty sure I have never done before.

I canceled a trip.

I originally signed up to participate in Bloggers in Sin City, a weekend retreat of several dozen twentysomething bloggers in Las Vegas in May. I was looking forward to branching out and participating in a real world meet-up of twentysomething bloggers, rather than my mainstay of diabetes bloggers. But when push came to shove and I had to purchase an airline ticket, I just couldn’t do it. Prices from Manhattan are currently running between $450 and $550 for decent times, and about $400 for crappy times. Considering how much it costs just to be in Vegas, I just wasn’t sure I had managed to save enough to do both Vegas and Orlando within one month of each other.

Considering I am going to Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference as part of the Roche Social Media Summit gang, that was the priority. Vegas was secondary. I just couldn’t do it. I wanted to convince myself that I should go. I am young. It’s only money.

Everyone else is jumping off the bridge, Allison!

But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I announced on Twitter I was skipping out, let my roommates know I wasn’t coming, and bid farewell to being a part of the BiSC club… for this year.

Of course, there are plenty of people who aren’t going and it’s not like I’m going to be kicked out or lose readers just because I’m not going to Vegas. But I am disappointed that I won’t be counted among those that did go, especially since they seem like really awesome gals (and guys). But I had to weigh the benefits of meeting people who I only know tangentially through the Internet and getting out of debt… clearly, no contest.

This will help me focus on my overall goal of getting out of debt though. The money I am not spending on that will obviously go towards my debt repayment, which is now at a whopping $2931 (yes, folks, I have passed the $3,000 mark! Woooo!). Hopefully I’ll make it to Vegas next year, now that I am more aware of how much it friggin’ costs to go there.

Have you ever had to back out of something you really wanted to do? Doesn’t it just suck?

  1. March 22, 2010 1:34 PM

    I love the fact that you are almost out of debt! 🙂 It’s a nice feeling, I’m sure. I’m still working on it….and getting there slowly. Darned school loans…. 😦

  2. March 22, 2010 1:50 PM

    Sorry to hear you aren’t going, but it is what is it. I’m in the same boat as far as CWD… Invited to Roche thing, but really can’t sport the Reg Fee and Orlando Hotel Stay, plus whatever it would cost to sport my way back since I’m staying and not leaving on Roche’s dime. Anyhow, it’s a bummer for me (a relative newbie into the Active DOC), but must be even moreso for you who’s been so much more involved for longer. At least you’re almost out of debt… Boy, I wish I could say something even CLOSE to that! Anyhow, regardless of the travels – see around the DOC!

    • March 22, 2010 2:00 PM

      Roche is paying for round-trip ticket, so if you do stay for the conference they’ll still cover you… Erik and I are splitting the family registration (so it’s $210 for each of us) and the hotel (about $350 for each of us), plus whatever we spend at the park. It’s definitely expensive but I already have some money saved, and with Roche covering the flight, it should work out in the end.

  3. March 22, 2010 1:55 PM

    I did this last year. I just couldn’t justify spending so much money on a trip to Vegas. Of course we’re bummed that you won’t be there, but we’d rather you save up money for a future trip than come and have a bad time.

    We heart your face!

  4. March 22, 2010 1:59 PM

    Yea, not getting to do something that you know will be really fun is not, well, so much fun! I guess life is about choices, though and imagine that wonderful feeling of being out of debt!!! And heck, there’s always next year, right?! Sometimes the not so fun, hard choices are the best choices… you should be proud of yourself!

  5. March 22, 2010 2:31 PM

    I must have misunderstood on the Roche-aspect… Might be a game-changer. We’ll see.

  6. March 22, 2010 3:26 PM

    I REALLY wanted to go to Vegas this year as well and I was thisclose to going. But, Europe and Portland are a priority to me and I didn’t have the money to do all three, so I’m putting Vegas off until next year!

  7. March 22, 2010 8:01 PM

    There will be other trips. I was really bummed not to buy tickets to BlissDom or BlogHer this year. I feel like I’ll be missing out on in-person time with my friends.

    And also couldn’t justify staying for the whole week for CWD after the Roche Summit. Though I’m hoping that I can get in a little R&R while I am there for the short trip.

    We are hoping selling our house and buying a new one in the coming weeks/months and each of those trips are the equivalent of a new piece of furniture! We barely have any furniture in our tiny home and are hoping to double our square footage.

    Yes it’s probably a bummer not to go to Vegas, but when you pay off your debt you will be so happy. I speak from experience because I busted my butt to pay off my student loan debt early and pay off my car. I’m paying down the last of my credit cards now.

    Being debt free will be so liberating for you and you have nothing but time to take trips in the future.

    Can’t wait to see you in Orlando!

  8. March 23, 2010 9:27 AM

    I’m proud of you! I’m not going to BiSC either, and as much as I’d love to put a physical person to the person I interact with online, I have to go back to the UK this year to visit my grandma (I want to see her while she’s doing poorly, plus David would like to meet her before the wedding in Dec. since she won’t be able to come over) 😦 Plus we have a wedding to pay for! There’s no way I could afford to go – the cost of getting there + actually being there is way too much to justify. For this year, anyway 🙂

  9. March 23, 2010 9:44 AM

    I don’t often comment on people’s blogs these days unless I have time, or I think a post is interesting. But believe it or not, I do read most of everyone’s posts thanks to my reader. Anyway, I caught one of your recent posts (actually I caught all of them, I thought the accidental posts as of late were pretty interesting, but I digress) and wanted to comment on one that I thought was interesting — this one. There’s no reason to apologize for not going someplace. Is it a lost opportunity? Sure, but there are lots of lost opportunities we deal with because frankly, life gets in the way, that’s normal. BTW, my office move date is official now – the end of June (I’ll likely be in Orlando, but I’ll have things packed up before then). The final location is downtown (near where I began my career in NYC over 2 decades ago … yes, that makes me a fossil, but who cares, I’m nearer to retirement, too!). Anyway, I thought this post was interesting because we all have choices to make, and if our budgets or time doesn’t permit us to do something, that’s OK. Life goes on anyway. I’ll get to see you in Orlando! Later … Scott

  10. March 23, 2010 11:24 AM

    I know how you feel. My affiliate internet web group GVO leaders are all heading to Vegas to the Red Rock which is in the Summerlin area of LV, a place I’m thinking of moving to, if I can find a short sale deal with a great pool, so I kind of would have liked to look the place over. Cannot afford to pay attention at the minute. (And I’m actually thinking about buying a $38 Million dollar race track) don’t know a dang thing about racing) Anyway, last time I was this broke I bought a medical office building, closed with $98,600 in cash back and turned it into a million dollar cash cow in 12 months.
    So I might have to do something like that.

    Anyway, the last time I went to Vegas, stayed in a suite at THE HOTEL, at Mandaly Bay, put over $65 K in non refundable deposits on 4 properties and ended up losing $15,000 , when I became ill, requiring two surgeries, and 10 months of Vicodin and rehab. I wish you were there and I had spent it on you instead. Smile.

    That’s how we roll around here. Smile. Just remember, every dog has his day…your’s and mine are coming again. EAB

  11. March 23, 2010 2:16 PM

    Well, as much as I know that decision SUCKED I’m super proud of you Allison and you should be too. You will still have fun with all your DOC bloggers in June . . (including me!! It’s in my hometown so I’ll be at the CWD FFL conference! See you there!) . . and in the meantime how satisfying is it every time you see that number go down?!? I know because I put half my tax refund towards my school loans and only another couple months and they’ll be gone! Yayeee!!


    • March 23, 2010 2:32 PM

      Yes, it is so awesome to see my debt slowly but surely go down… Next up: my weight! LOL! One thing at a time though.

  12. March 23, 2010 4:09 PM

    Aww drat! We will miss you! But if it’s for the best, it is for the best!

  13. March 25, 2010 12:57 PM

    I just came back from Vegas… you did the right thing!! That city is CRAZY expensive! You’ll get there another time! 🙂

  14. March 27, 2010 7:29 PM

    Bummer that you’re not going. But hooray on paying down your debt! That’s fantastic progress.

  15. May 22, 2010 1:15 PM

    Although we’ll miss you in “Lost Wages”, I definately think you have your priorities straight and a few more bucks in your pocket to boot.

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