I keep wanting to go, but they keep canceling it every year. >:(
In truth, it's a blast - even if you don't go to the parties, there are people hanging out everywhere; it's just a matter of walking up to complete strangers and saying "hi"... next thing you know you're hacking something. A lot of people go and totally avoid the talks, and still maintain a full schedule. What you get out of defcon is what you put into it.
I go every year with my wife - since she's getting a degree in computer security, she's as much into it as I am. Brought my 10 year old last time; bought her a set of lockpicks and got pictures of her picking her first lock. (note: it's really not kid-friendly, and nobody will make allowances if you bring your kid, which is just the way I like it).
If you need a ride or a room, check out the defcon forums - there are people who post those types of requests all the time. Also, check out your local defcon group - chances are, one of them will be driving; however, plane tickets are pretty cheap into vegas, so it might be cheaper to fly than split gas.
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