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Fanfest: looking for advice

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Glymere
Aliastra
Gallente Federation
#1 - 2012-04-21 17:43:05 UTC  |  Edited by: ISD Grossvogel
Hey guys, I was just wondering if any of you have gone to fanfest? My wife and I are looking at going next year and wanted to know what its like. What is the approximate cost per person when you count in lodging, hotel and travel. Also how hard is it to get around when you do not speak icelandic. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
Jovan Geldon
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#2 - 2012-04-21 18:13:39 UTC
Glymere wrote:
Hey guys, I was just wondering if any of you have gone to fanfest? My wife and I are looking at going next year and wanted to know what its like. What is the approximate cost per person when you count in lodging, hotel and travel. Also how hard is it to get around when you do not speak icelandic. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!


Last time around it cost me about £600 for the whole shebang, but I was quite conservative with spending (cheapest hotel, left on Sunday morning, didn't drink very much, etc.). If you can afford to, budget for £1000 each and that should cover you for Wednesday to Monday + drinks and food and whatnot. Alcohol in general is quite expensive in Iceland, so be prepared for that if you plan drink a lot.

Icelanders are very nice people and they seem to all be very well spoken (even the petrol station attendant opposite the Hotel Cabin spoke three languages fluently), so I wouldn't worry about that at all.
Serene Repose
#3 - 2012-04-22 14:59:45 UTC
There we were in Iceland with a few thousand bucks. So...we started poking around...what's HERE to spend money on? HUH? Well...there were BARS! Hoo haw, and they had LIKKER!! THEN...there was this tour of a volcano and a HUGE pile of ICE!! Man. I was so thrilled I just started throwing 20s befor the sleigh runners! Iceland. Whattaplace. We were thinking of hitting Vegas this year, but hell ICELAND? Who'd miss it?

We must accommodate the idiocracy.

Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#4 - 2012-04-22 15:05:49 UTC  |  Edited by: Krixtal Icefluxor
Glymere wrote:
Hey guys, I was just wondering if any of you have gone to fanfest? My wife and I are looking at going next year and wanted to know what its like. What is the approximate cost per person when you count in lodging, hotel and travel. Also how hard is it to get around when you do not speak icelandic. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!



Unlike America, most in Iceland speak 2 languages as in almost every other Euro country, English usually being the #2, so communication is not difficult at all.

Travel information is best found on your own through Google, and frankly, impossible to tell you what to expect price-wise for next year till the Hotel Discounts and the Event itself are arranged.

And what with their volcanoes lately, you need to check in a few months to see if the island itself is still there.


Also, ANY thread with the word FanFest in the title is going to be met with a bit of suspicion for the time being fyi.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

Mark Androcius
#5 - 2012-04-22 15:09:05 UTC
Serene Repose wrote:
There we were in Iceland with a few thousand bucks. So...we started poking around...what's HERE to spend money on? HUH? Well...there were BARS! Hoo haw, and they had LIKKER!! THEN...there was this tour of a volcano and a HUGE pile of ICE!! Man. I was so thrilled I just started throwing 20s befor the sleigh runners! Iceland. Whattaplace. We were thinking of hitting Vegas this year, but hell ICELAND? Who'd miss it?


*Liquor
Rengerel en Distel
#6 - 2012-04-22 15:12:47 UTC
Most americans speak canadian, british, australian and spanglish.

With the increase in shiptoasting, the Report timer needs to be shortened.

Francisco Bizzaro
#7 - 2012-04-22 15:15:11 UTC
Rengerel en Distel wrote:
Most americans speak canadian, british, australian and spanglish.

I can name three countries who might question this statement Blink
Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#8 - 2012-04-22 15:19:37 UTC
Rengerel en Distel wrote:
Most americans speak canadian, british, australian and spanglish.



You forgot South African and Kiwi.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#9 - 2012-04-22 15:21:36 UTC
I'm GLAD this is still all about Travel Information to FanFest.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

Steve Ronuken
Fuzzwork Enterprises
Vote Steve Ronuken for CSM
#10 - 2012-04-22 16:45:17 UTC
I went to fanfest 2012 (got the tshirt too Blink)

I'm from Scotland, and like many of my countrymen, barely speak another language. It wasn't a problem. Seriously wasn't. I went into a bunch of different shops, restaurants and bars, and they all spoke English absolutely fine. Some had a stronger accent than others, but all were understandable. Most more so than some of the American tourists we have to put up with (No, you're not scottish, your ancestors might have been, but /you/ aren't. And it's not quaint, it's my home town. Shut up already.)

As for money, it will all depend on the conversion rates you're getting.

Take a look at Iceland Air for travel prices, I paid £356 for flight and 5 nights in a hotel (Cabin. It's tiny rooms, though the bed was comfortable. Next time I'll upgrade.)

I took about 13000 isk with me (Woo, I bought ISK with real money. The only way you can other than Plex. Who'd have thought Thomas Cook were RTMers Blink ) along with a preloaded credit card, with about £200 on it. I came back with about £30 left. Obviously, it depends on how much you're eating and drinking. Fanfest, to date, has a great deal of drinking.

You'll be able to use your credit card just about anywhere. Including taxis (They prefer it, apparentely.)

I had a great time. I'm already planning on going back next year. Just waiting for them to start selling tickets, so I can arrange everything else.

Woo! CSM XI!

Fuzzwork Enterprises

Twitter: @fuzzysteve on Twitter

Watauga
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#11 - 2012-04-22 17:29:38 UTC
I've been to fanfest a couple of times coming from Tennessee. I usually budget about 2000 USD for all costs for myself. If you bring your spouse it will be cheaper per person because some costs will be shared, such as the hotel. It won't be until the event is announced Fanfest that specific costs will be known. One piece of advice I would give is don't count on the Fanfest travel package to be the cheapest offer. Both times I went my travel costs were less than the package. Just shop around from the day it is announced to, depending on the area you live, the optimal time to make travel arrangements. I stayed at the Hilton in 2011 and the day I made my reservation that offered a very cheap deal on the room.
ISD Grossvogel
ISD Community Communications Liaisons
#12 - 2012-04-22 18:28:24 UTC
Thread cleaned up and moved to Events & Gatherings. There's no need to hijack threads in order to discuss something that you're interested in.

ISD Grossvogel (ISD Гроссфогель) Captain, Community Communication Liaisons (CCL) Волонтёр группы по взаимодействию с игроками Interstellar Services Department