Last year's Uncon in Hobart, for example. None of us live there, and the closest - in fact the only - BookCrosser on the organising team lived over a thousand kilometres away.
Next year's Convention on the Gold Coast. It takes me thirteen hours of driving time from my home in Canberra. And I'm the closest member of the organising team.
Granted, we'll have helpers in nearby Brisbane, but the Gold Coast is a place we have all been to - I have close family living there and went to school there for a time - and our only real problem was finding the venue, which took us about an hour of online research to make a provisional booking.
I cannot see why something similar can't be done for 2021. If a group of BookCrossers know a place very well, they don't need to be physically present walking the streets. In this day, most popular tourist destinations have extensive online resources.
Last night on the way home from a very pleasant dinner with some of the Mainz organising committee, Macaufan and I discussed the possibility of a city in a country foreign to both of us, but a wonderful destination, reasonably close for both Europeans and Americans.
I think it would work, and be very popular. It would certainly be a shame for there not to be an Annual Convention to celebrate twenty years of this hobby we know and love.
If anybody wants to put forward a bid on those lines, then think seriously about it.
For myself, I have been attending these conventions for nearly fifteen years now as a freeloader, and it is time for me to give back a little. I am more than happy to do so. BookCrossing has been such a joyful part of my life for so long.