Given the size of the bag I'm packing for Tales of the Cocktail, I'm starting to wonder which requires more gear (and more stamina): Tales or the NYC Triathlon? I am going to give the carry-on-only thing one last try (with a spare bag for carrying home swag), but odds are slim. I'm usually very careful about never checking bags; the last time I had used my enormous suitcase was -- you guessed it -- my last trip to Tales. This picture is from the trip home. Maybe I'll ship some stuff . . .
Already planning/plotting out my NOLA eats, and I can't wait to see so many good friends down there!!
The next question is, of course: which requires the longer recovery time?