The only time I’ve missed attending in previous years was when family commitments coincided (eg. birth of children). That’s also why I decided I wouldn’t travel to Wagga for this year’s CodeCampOz - the timing was too close to the due date for G3, and I didn’t want to risk being stuck in regional NSW should my wife suddenly go into labour!
The other big difference is that previously I had the support of my work paying for registration, travel and accommodation.
So if I did attend this year I’d have to cover the costs all by myself. $AU1,749 just for early-bird registration sounds like a lot of money, especially when it’s your own!
One thing at a time though. G3 is due next week, so by mid-June I might have a clearer idea of whether popping off to Sydney in early September is a good idea (or not!)