Comic-Con is still roughly six months away, but when it comes to planning it seems like I've gotten a really late start. Fortunately, despite a few bumps along the road, I've managed to book a place to stay and a means to get to San Diego. Here's how it all transpired:
-Lodging: Since I'll be attending the convention by myself, I decided to book a room in a hostel. I used hostels.com to narrow down my search, but unfortunately most places in the Gaslamp District were already sold out! However, when I called each place one by one, I ended up finding a bed in the Gaslamp District for a rate cheaper than that on hostels.com! So rule of thumb, always call the hostel itself before booking through a 3rd party site. This will be my first time staying in a hostel, so hopefully 1) it won't be like the horror movie and 2) I won't be the oldest one there!
-Transportation: I knew from the start that if I decided to go to Comic-Con this year, I would be taking Amtrak to San Diego. It's cheaper than flying, generally less stressful than flying, and the train station is conveniently located near the San Diego Convention Center. I purchased my train tickets this week, and to save a few extra dollars, I used my AAA discount and my Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card.
As a potential first-time Comic-Con attendee, I had no idea you had to start planning this early. If I decide to go again next year, I now know to reserve lodging more than 6 months in advance!