Actually your post is what inspired me to post this topic. I figured where else could I find people that have likely gone to Pass in the past. I'm being honest here but I didn't realize the harm in starting another post. I was going to chime in over on the other one but seeing as that post needed a friendly bump, I wasn't sure if it was going to get any eyeballs.
Congrats on your first talk at Pass!
Thanks! 🙂 No worries -- I just figured one thread would reduce clutter, but that's just me.
Anyway, in regards to your question -- I couldn't afford the rates for the hotels that PASS recommended (I'm doing this on my own dime), so I got an AirBnB. I made it a point to get one by a light rail station so that I don't have to rent a car.
As for other first-timer advice, I'm a first-timer myself. If it's helpful, I've written some 'blog articles about what I'm going through as I plan my first PASS Summit. </ShamelessPlug>