Manti-Con will take place in two months, and I will be attending for the first time. It's not number one on my list, but I did read all the books. I'm actually really interested in finding out about the culture, and why is it has such a big following here.
The other draw for me is that it will be very cheap. It's literally blocks from my work, which is a place I can crash on the weekends for free if need be. The place is mostly deserted, and I keep a hammock in the back. I may or may not miss a day of work.
I am also planning to put together an uniform from that series for Convergence, so that will probably be a good place to get some ideas, and the badges I need, and such. I wouldn't be surprised if I could buy the whole uniform fully assembled.
Then there is Convergence a month and a half after that. I was informed the other day that I once again did not get a hotel room. I'll be staying about a twenty minute walk away instead. That doesn't sound like much, but leaving the hotel, versus not, is a big difference.
Next year I will have a plan. If you volunteer at the convention for 25 hours, you get put ahead of the non-volunteers on the hotel list. I never really considered it, because I didn't want to miss out on the convention while volunteering at it. Then I found out that, not only can I volunteer before and after it, but those hours count as double.