So I recently started VGC around late december. I have not played in any competitive tournaments before this season as I mostly play TCG (not pkmn tcg tho), but I feel I have the concept for good team building down and I'm not unfamiliar with competitive pressure due to my TCG experience where I usually play at high levels as well. I feel like I seem to have taken to this game faster than anyone else at my locals and have made top 8 at the athens regionals, plus topped at a few MSS and PC to get around 120 CP right now. I can make it to two more MSS and several more PC this season as well as the international challenge. While I'm not 100% sure I could make first, I feel confident I can at least sneak into top cuts in the events and I really enjoy playing and testing teams because I have been an avid pokemon fan for YEARS and this format uses some of my favorites But also since I'm a girl (admittedly 23 years old and pretty capable of traveling independently) my parents are stupid about me going to events and very few friends (b/c small VGC comm locally and I suck at making friends at events) are able to accompany me so it'll be a lot lonelier of a journey than if I went to say TCG events with my TCG friends. Plus hotel expenses are greater alone or I will have to room with people I don't really know or not really comfortable with >.o So idk if I want to struggle that much. Is worlds worth it? What else happens there besides matches are there any cool side events/features/etc? And any tips on getting VGC friends for hotel splits and testing?