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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 7:07 a.m. PST

For a really good convention, how much travel time are you prepared to put in? Try to express the results in hours one way, or days on the road, please, to make it easy to convert into a poll later.

Me? About ten hours travel, which might involve a night on the road.

SpuriousMilius21 Jan 2023 7:19 a.m. PST

For decades I drove from Dallas to Ft. Worth, OK City, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg, San Antonio, Galveston, Denton, & flew to 1 or 2 others further away. I'd say one day on the road for up to 300 miles.

jdpintex21 Jan 2023 7:30 a.m. PST

6 hrs driving at a max.

I guess about the same flying, maybe a total of 8 if there are connections.

JMcCarroll21 Jan 2023 7:34 a.m. PST

6 hours sounds about right.

Lascaris21 Jan 2023 7:35 a.m. PST

I fly from California to attend Historicon on most years. So that's an hour to the airport, roughly 8 hours, including layover, no the flight and then 1.5 hours driving from either PHL or BWI.

So roughly 10.5 hours each way plus I guess time in the airport pre-flight and retrieving a car post-flight so in the 12-13 hours all told.

14Bore21 Jan 2023 8:52 a.m. PST

So far not leaving the state, so 1 hour to 12 minutes

Personal logo KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 8:56 a.m. PST

I go to all the HMGS East Cons (Historicon, Cold Wars, Fall In). Depending on location it's about 8 to 9 hour drive.


Stryderg21 Jan 2023 8:59 a.m. PST

I think the farthest I've traveled was 4 hours drive time.

Perris070721 Jan 2023 9:06 a.m. PST

19 hours one way to Historicon for me.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 9:30 a.m. PST

I maxed out driving for 5 years in a row to make Historicon I also made the circuit that Spurious M. noted. Nowadays four hours max.

Dave Knight21 Jan 2023 10:14 a.m. PST

Flying from the UK for Historicon and Hurricon in 2022

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 10:27 a.m. PST

11 hours to Historicon. That is as far as I would go.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 11:27 a.m. PST

The most time I've ever spent going to a convention was well in excess of 1 hour, probably 1 hour 30 minutes because of Friday evening commute traffic.

Luckily for me, that convention (DunDraCon) has recently moved closer to where I live.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian21 Jan 2023 12:22 p.m. PST

ColdWars or Historicon are Cross Country flights, 8-10 hour travel day.

'Local' cons are 500 miles. 4-5 hour drive.

FusilierDan21 Jan 2023 3:42 p.m. PST

I've driven 6 hours to a Con but also spent 4 days in the area. For a one day Con 3-4 hours one way would be the limit.

myxemail21 Jan 2023 4:14 p.m. PST

On two separate occasions I drove 12 hours to attend Historicon in Fredericksburg

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 4:49 p.m. PST

3 hours to attend Recon or Hurricon in Orlando.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 6:37 p.m. PST

Haven't traveled to anything but a local convention ever.
Distance really isn't the issue— expense is, and that's not just transportation, it's hotel rooms and so forth.

I really, really want to go to GaryCon, but once I factor in the hotel, the plane trip, and figuring out how to get from the closet airport to Lake Geneva… no, not happening on my budget. frown

I'll stay home and just go to Nashcon when it comes, which is a thirty minute drive each way.

Grelber21 Jan 2023 9:01 p.m. PST

16 hours. Haven't done it yet due to Covid. Maybe this year.


14Bore22 Jan 2023 6:38 a.m. PST

I am actually surprised how far some come from the reaches of the globe

Northern Rebel22 Jan 2023 7:38 a.m. PST

I'm doing 500 plus miles by car for the SYW Convention in Mar-Apr. This will be a first and should be interesting!
But hey, what else would I be doing? Sittin' home watching the tube?!

JimDuncanUK22 Jan 2023 8:17 a.m. PST

Historically, in the UK, I would attend about 10 shows per year with anything from own city up to an 9 hour round trip by car.

I would also make an international trip, by air, leaving on a Thursday/Friday, show on Saturday, returning home on Sunday/Monday.

That is probably not possible as the show circuit had been hammered by the pandemic/cost of living rise so probably on 2 or 3 shows a year and fairly close to home.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 11:28 a.m. PST

2 hours would probably be the max

Martin Rapier22 Jan 2023 11:53 a.m. PST

Three or four hours (one way) tops, with an overnight stay. Otherwise a couple of hours.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 11:56 a.m. PST

'Local' cons are 500 miles. 4-5 hour drive.

What do you drive?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 3:14 p.m. PST

Driving is down to 2 hours these days alas, maybe 4 max. (Stupid vertigo gives me killer headaches).

Previous record, 18 hours non-stop Boston to Milwaukee for GenCons (rotating 3 person crew: driver, shotgun, and napping in the back seat).

Flying — if the con is within shuttlebus distance of the airport, time is not a factor!

In reality, no trips this year. Happily went to 2 cons last year where masks and vaccines were required. This year, none of the cons I would like to attend are requiring masks, and that's way too long indoors for my mask to be good enough protection.

HMS Exeter22 Jan 2023 6:33 p.m. PST

90 mins to 2 hours is my average, tho that's just a function of how far they are. I will do 5 hours for one next month.

Someday I may do Baltimore to Chicago, tho for that I might fly.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 3:57 p.m. PST

Six hours one way by car. An hour and a half one way by plane.

14Bore27 Jan 2023 2:51 p.m. PST

At Historicon did see a Britisher for sure, wasn't sure if expatriate or actually came over for games maybe a business trip, didn't ask. Did wonder since living there 2 years.

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