- Apr 28, 2008
I was invited to be a speaker to a conference that I've always wanted to speak at--but its a non-profit organization and I'm not a 'major' speaker, so there's no funding available to help with travel/hotel costs. Travel would be around $300, hotel..let's say another $400 or so I think for a room, then food, cab to and from the airport, tips, etc.--an honest guess for the four day conference would probably be around 1k. I want to go. I really, really want to go. I don't want to for a career or resume boost; its something I want to do out of love because its a topic I like to talk about and think that it would have a meaningful impact on the group I'm speaking to. It may pan out to be an opportunity to meet others doing big things, but..who knows as its a big conference. 1k is just a lot of money for me. This fall, I start graduate school, and I will have to take out loans for first time. I want this, but I could just as easily ask to be called upon a few years from now once I am working and can actually comfortably afford to go. What do you all think? Go and do something I'd like to, or save the money cause I ought to?