I really want to go to a con, but I feel like I would be nervous ( as well a excited). Why am I nervous? Was anyone else nervous when they went to their first con?
I plan on going to the full con, and the hotel is like 112 a night, but I can start saving up and maybe there are some coupons out thereThe expense is relative to where the closest con is to you, and whether you are just going for a day, or the whole duration of the con.
On the cheap end, if there's a con that's within only a couple hour's drive from your house, and you only plan on going for a single day, then the cost is just a tank of gas (around $30), a single day pass (probably also around $30, depends on which con, which day), money for food and drinks, (unless you're into fine dining, you should easily be able to do this for $30 too) and any money you bring in case you find something in the dealer's den/artist alley you must have. At the end of the night, instead of getting a hotel, you just drive home. So if you plan to go this route and buy nothing at the con, you can manage for under a hundred bucks. The cost of gas could be lessened if you are carpooling with friends.
Now of course, it becomes more expensive when you plan on going for a full con (usually Friday through Sunday) as a pass could run upwards of $60. And then there's gas (or a plane/train ticket if there are no cons close to you, that could run anywhere from 80-400+ bucks, plus either taxi fare or a rental since again, you didn't drive your own car). There's also paying for a hotel room unless you are lucky enough to live in the same town as a con and be able to drive home each night. Sometimes you can split this cost with a roomie or two, sometimes it's all you. Can't forget you have to eat, and if you aren't sleeping at your house, it also means you are either eating out, or you packed and brought enough food with you to eat in your hotel room. Not to mention how much you may want to spend there on things for sale at the con itself.
It is never a bad thing to thoroughly analyze the situation and come up with rough estimates for what/where you want to go, and see if such a thing really does fit in your budget.
As for nervousness? That's human nature. Humans are nervous about doing anything new. No big deal.