Why? For two reasons:
I've been dragging along a pretty nasty cold since the end of March. Every time it was nearly over, I had to go out of town for a weekend. And each time, I'd come home with an even nastier cold. The one after last weekend was the worst, so I decided it'd be best to stay at home until it's really cured this time around. The weather is too nice outside to lie sick in bed, and I want to get back to the gym as well.
More importantly though, the last minute travel expenses I would be looking at are so high that they rival what I paid for to go to New York. That's just not sensible. Too bad they didn't come down at the last minute or that any discounters offered anything.
Funny aside, if I tried to fly directly into Bristol airport, I would have to deal with a 5+ hours layover in France. That would make the flight 8:45 hours long, which is just 10 minutes short of the direct flight to New York! Flying into London (what is the SPN airport anyway?) would only take 1:46 hours in comparison, but then traveling to Bristol would also ramp up the costs some more.
Next year I'll have to buy tickets 3 to 4 months in advance, I guess.
Have fun if you're going and send me some photos or link me to your photosets online, please.