Well, for decades this October's annular has been on my list, and I always assumed that I would go. But the closest parts of the path for me are southern Oregon and northern Nevada. Part of the joy of eclipse-chasing is seeing new places, and I have toured those areas thoroughly. I enjoyed the two annulars that I did see ('94 near Oklahoma City when I was tornado-chasing for a US federal government research project) and '12 in central Nevada. The one in '12 we were three guys sharing the cost of gas and sharing one motel room. So if I go this time, it will cost more than three times as much for my wife and I with nobody to share expenses. It's a long two-day drive to southern Oregon or three days to the better climatology of Nevada, so looking at probably a six-day trip.
So I'm looking at a grand anyways, if I go, which is twice what it will cost me for my over 70 season's pass at our excellent local ski area this September, for example. I'm still undecided if it is worth it for what is really just a special case of a partial solar eclipse.
I have always said that it is worthwhile to travel anywhere in the accessible world for a total solar eclipse, and anywhere in North America for an annular eclipse. But now that it's decision time, I'm unsure. I think that I'll book a refundable motel today though, and decide in the fall.
I do plan to see the three long total eclipses in 2024, 2027, and 2028 (if I live that long), and perhaps the shorter two in 2026 and 2030. Those trips will all be vastly more expensive than this relatively nearby annular, but a grand for an annular is not inconsequential to me.