Okay you want to go to K-CON? Well here are some tips I have learned from my past two experiences.
1) Plan ahead for the costs!
- This is the biggest mistake most people make when coming to K-CON or any K-pop related event. I always plan things out a year in advance because I was used to requesting time off 6-months in advance when things were set in stone to guarantee I get the time approval of having it off. K-CON is usually held in the summer (usually July or August but started earlier this year). Now the biggest mistake people make is the price of tickets. They assume the prices they see on the website is the exact price they will pay but forget to plan to add extra fees. I made sure I had enough money for the highest tier plus an extra $100 for other fees such as taxes, venues fees, and ticketing services and/or shipping.
- Once you get your tickets start figuring out your travel plans and lodging fees. Lodging is more affordable with a friend but sometimes you might be like me and have a friend who can’t go (or just not into it at all). K-Con usually having house options and books a blackout rooms for these events. Do not solely rely on this. Look at other discounted websites such as Expedia. Last year I found a hotel two blocks away from the venue and only pay $69 per night for two people. Seriously, it was awesome deal I just lucked out on. Sometimes you can find that exact same hotel on the discounted websites around the same price that may have a pay later option or may be slightly more expensive with that choice. Sometimes pay now gives you a better discount. For travel fees, are you driving or flying? Flying is best booked right after your ticket purchases. Sometimes after traveling a distance and paying for gas and/or rental, you may have pay the price of an airline ticket. Look at all the nearby airports. It was cheaper for me to fly out from an airport two hours away from my house compare to the one 20 minutes away ($200-300 cheaper).
- Hotels may require you to pay overnight parking but be careful as hotels may not be clear on this. The hotel I stayed at last year told me it was $20 for overnight parking; however, what they failed to tell me was they didn’t own the garage and the people who did actually charged me so much. Despite having a time stamp on the ticket, they charged me $20 extra even though I was leaving only after 3 days. So this made vow to never drive up there again and just fly into Newark and New York.
- Food – cities like NYC and LA are expensive. So plan to spend more on food. Even the food on K-CON will be a little expensive but there is some that is priced okay. Also checked out the convince store like 7/11 or a nearby pharmacy, just stock up on water for the weekend as it will be cheaper than paying $5.00-7.00 for a bottle of water.
2) No Friends – No Problem!
- So last year, I kind of hung out by myself and just mainly visited my cousin during K-CON as the NY event didn’t have enough to keep my occupy in the hot sun. This year I met some girls at the bus stop near my hotel and we hung out for two days. It is easy to make friends. Same thing happen to me going to a Big Bang concert in October, I just flew up by myself and ran into some girls who was trying to figure out how to get to the Prudential Center and we ended up hanging out until we went to our respected gates to fly on home. It’s okay to go alone if your friends can’t go or don’t care, you can make some new friends while you’re there and have grand old time.
3) SUN BLOCK
- Seriously, my skin burns really bad…..especially my face and shoulders. While the most my face did was sweat luckily it didn’t burn and I was hoping it wouldn’t considering I paid $44 for this face sun block. Now my shoulders on the other hand…despite putting sun block on throughout the day….it was burnt. Lucky I could wear a bra but whenever you touch the spot, it felt like it was on FIRE!!!! So remember to continue to put sun block on throughout the day…even if you’re going to be indoors like the LA event. Sun block has it’s time limit and walking outside for a few minutes or riding in a car can still attract the sun to burn you…trust me.
- So I saved this past for last. Why? Because when I was attending my first K-CON last year, before they even announced K-CON NY, I was researching the prices for tickets, about the convention, hotels in the area, popular hangouts, etc. I was legit planning for a nice 4-5 day vacation since I had two weeks paid vacation off from work. NOW my biggest pet peeve was people not understanding what combo tickets were. I thought it was simple maybe because I did research and the Rock on the Range was selling nothing but combo/weekend package tickets. Combo tickets…..they are 2 day package that you can get at a discount. They are not 2 tickets for the same day for you and your friend. It’s a basically a package deal to save you the hassle of buying two separate tickets. If it’s going to be your first K-CON, I highly recommend you research the prices, information about the convention, etc. Also plan to save a little bit extra just in case it goes up.
- Okay I lied, this is the last one. So recently K-CON LA had a line-up changed about two weeks before the event. CNBlue’s company announced that they had to cancel their appearance for the event and K-CON offered the slots to Amber and Eric. NOW, people who never been to a music festival…several artist are invited. Remember your faves are not headlining their own concert. Expect the unexpected sometimes. Life happens and they may not suddenly make it. Being the therapist I am I basically said (short ver) “it sucks but hey guys you got two great artist to your lineup.” Which got a girl to rant on my post – “Can you exchange hamburger for a steak?” Seriously….It’s not my fault you invested a lot of money for 1 act and not give others a chance. So I responded in my therapist voice that ended with passive-aggressive because I wasn’t having a childish battle on facebook. Moral of the story, don’t go for just one act…you may be disappointed. They may not perform as many songs as the other popular acts or cancel the performance. If you are going to see one act, don’t buy a P1 ticket…stick to the lower tiers as it will be easier to sell if you change your mind.