This was Manchester Airport when I arrived at the crack of dawn this morning. I’m off to FinCon 13: an annual conference for money-minded bloggers, which takes place this year in St. Louis, Missouri. Do you know this place? It has an arch, like Wembley (but supersized, naturally) and lies “near the hotbed” of Tornado Alley. I have my ruby red slippers packed, just in case, but what I really want to do is click my heels three times and land in the nearest Target store, to stock up on cheap Converse and Phillip Lim’s diffusion womenswear.
Right now I’m sitting in the departure lounge, tapping away while the rain drizzles down on the tarmac, and going through my slides. I’ve been asked to speak, which is exciting (and gave me the excuse I needed to jump on this plane…) .
I’m really looking to catching up with other bloggers there. Particularly my fellow Brit attendee, Maria from The Money Principle (obviously, what with us both living in the North of England, it makes perfect sense to go all the way across the Atlantic to meet up). But also some of the personal finance and frugality bloggers from the USA, Canada and beyond, with whom I’ve been chatting on Twitter and on forums for… oh, I don’t know how many years now!
In my experience, the Americans are often ahead of us when it comes to personal finance initiatives, experiments and developments: extreme couponing, anyone? So the next few days should be an educational experience, and I am hoping to pick up lots of ideas and tips to share with you. Watch this space…