The first time I attended BlogWorld in ’07, I was only financially able to do so because I received a press pass through my former job as blogging guide at About.com. I stayed in a cheap hotel (won’t do that again), ate fast food, and booked the most inexpensive flight I could find. When you don’t work for a company that picks up your expenses, attending a conference is expensive, even if you take steps to cut costs.
Fortunately there are other ways to cut costs while attending BlogWorld L.A. and you don’t necessarily have to stay at a roach motel and eat Ramen each night. Here are some tips for doing BlogWorld on a budget:
Unfortunately, none of our partner hotels are across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center. You can walk, and depending on where you’re staying, it’s about a 15 to 20 minute walk from partner hotels to the convention center. You can also travel back and forth with a cab full of people each day, and split the costs.
If you’re staying at one of our partner hotels, you can also take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service. The shuttles, which run on a schedule, will make several runs from the hotels to the convention center each morning, and return you back again in the evening.
We’ve also partnered with YouCast.com to provide complimentary shuttle service from LAX. It’s a $50 cab ride from the airport to partner hotels or the convention center, so this is well worth looking into. Make sure you sign up in advance, though, so you don’t miss out.
Many of our attendees are also meeting at LAX to share cabs or a car service. Also, Shuttle2LAX offers shuttle service for $20 which is less than half price than a full fledged cab ride. This service isn’t affiliated with BlogWorld in any way. Some of our attendees are also renting cars as that appears to be a cheaper option than cabbing it everywhere. Perhaps if you get together with your friends and share the rental costs, it will save you all “getting around” money in the long run, and you won’t be confined to a particular area.
You don’t have to spend megadollars on food while at BlogWorld. A lot of times when I come to conferences, I stay at hotels offering complimentary breakfast service. However, you don’t need to do this for BlogWorld L.A. because we’re hosting networking breakfasts every morning for our attendees. Come by, have something to eat and chat up your fellow attendees as well as the speakers and BlogWorld team.
Most of our parties have passed finger foods and snacky things, some of them are a meal on their own. If you’re doing BlogWorld on a budget, what you eat at parties might be enough so you don’t have to worry about dinner, a major expense.
On Saturday, we’re also having a catered networking lunch in our Expo Hall, so there’s one more chance to network…and save. Also, did you know our full access passes come with lunch tickets? So every full access pass holder will receive a ticket good for a variety of fare at the LACC’s food court.
Hotels cost money, for sure. We did what we could to find affordable discounts at our partner hotels. If you don’t mind rooming up with others, sharing costs with a friends can make the trip to Los Angeles a much more affordable experience. Though Los Angeles does offer hotels to appeal to a variety of budgets, keep in mind the farther away you stay, the more expensive your cab ride will be – and we only offer complimentary shuttle service from our partner hotels.
We’re offering a variety of BlogWorld passes to fit all budgets. At the top of the line is our Full Access Pass which will get you into all sessions, keynotes, parties, networking events and we’ll even feed you lunch. The one and two day passes will get you in to all sessions except the Social Media Business Summit, as well as all parties, keynotes, and networking events. Finally, the Expo pass will get you in to our Expo, as well as keynotes (not track keynotes), parties, PodCamp and networking events. If you use the Tweet20 discount, the Expo pass is less than $50. Using this discount will take 20% off of all pricing.
So those are a few of these ways you can do BlogWorld on a budget. I’m sure you have a few ways to share too. Tell us your best tips for saving money while attending BlogWorld – or any other conference – or use the comments to ask questions about our pricing, hotels, or anything else we can help with.