Thursday, 19 August 2010

Options for getting to CodeCampOz 2010

I'm impressed that Mitch got virtually all of the sessions and speakers organised for CodeCampOz 2010 by July and this year the event isn't until November (20-21st)!

There's some good topics being covered on the agenda, but how would I go about getting there now that the "FLC pool" car we had access to at the Uni (back in the old days!) is no longer an option and what would it cost?

Car hire

Getting to Wagga Wagga from Adelaide is a good day's drive, and something I'd really only undertake if there were others to share the trip/driving with. But assuming that was sorted, and you were hiring from the Friday to the Monday (eg. driving there on the Friday, driving back home on the Monday), Hertz list options including a Toyota Corolla Hatch for $158 or a Toyota Camry for $207. Don't forget to allow for petrol, and of course the cost of 2 days that you won't be working.

Flying

Wagga has a regional airport, but it is only serviced by flights from Sydney and Melbourne. Ideally you'd fly in on the Friday afternoon, and head home on the Sunday night.

WebJet lists a few options. I've listed the cheapest I could find here:

Date

Flight

Time

Route

Cost

Total Cost

19/11

QF736

12:15pm-4:40pm

(ADL-SYD-WGA)

$286

$286
 

JQ775

3:20pm-5:05pm

(ADL-MEL)

$99

 
 

ZL3286

6:35pm-7:40pm

(MEL-WGA)

$139

$238

21/11

QF223

5:00pm-10:20pm

(WGA-SYD-ADL)

$286

$286
 

ZL3281

4:50pm-6:00pm

(WGA-MEL)

$139

 
 

TT8039

9:00pm-9:50pm

(MEL-ADL)

$74

$213

So choosing the Melbourne options would cost $451, via Sydney is $572. But you'd still need transport once you got to Wagga – so either hire a car once you get there, or get a taxi from the airport and hope someone can give you a lift out to the campus.

Accommodation

Don't forget you have to stay somewhere. Last time I stayed at the Central Point Motel – nothing fancy but it did the job. Wotif lists them at $98/night.

Lunch is normally provided (in the form of Pizza), but allow for breakfast and dinner expenses.

Non-financial costs

And all this assumes that my family is willing to let me take off for another weekend not that long after spending a week away at TechEd on the Gold Coast!

Even attending Adelaide's own CodeCampSA had a similar expense as far as my family is concerned. That ended up being a two full days that I'm not around to share the load, do family stuff and spend time with my wife and kids. While I love to learn new things and pursue professional development opportunities, when it comes to the crunch family should be the more important of the two – so anything that takes away from time with the family had better be worth it.

1 comment:

Nigel Spencer said...

Driving wasn't an option and I'd have to add an extra leg to the flight plan this year (50+ hours flight time). That kind of rules things out for me this year. At least that was better than last years excuse?