I have been going to Otakon for 12 years but next Otakon will be my 11th straight year attending it. Not only Otakon is 15-30 minutes away from where I live but whenever I read news about my favorite voice actors and/or gaming tournaments that interests me I decided to go. Also most of my friends that I met whether through my fighting game or any cosplay meetups or somewhere else most likely show up and it was the only time I get to see most of them since I couldn't find time to meet them outside of cons.
After next Otakon, I will be taking a break from this con. This doesn't mean I will quit conventions for good but I am going to start going to smaller conventions and depending on funds, I will go to one big con outside Maryland.