I've had a lot of people question me, recently, about the amount I travel for matches. They seem to find it strange that I spend more time in the car than I shoot. When I first started I tried to stay local, within 2-3 hours. Figuring that I was spending about the same amount of time participating in the match as I was driving one way. After a while I realized that I wanted to shoot more then just twice a month (my match, Greg's match in Binghamton, and Port Colborne, Canada).
So I chose to look further away for matches to shoot. I started branching out to Wappinger Falls, NY (Ray and Hans Apelles) and the Pyramyd Air Cup, in New Philadelphia, OH. But the more I branched out the more fun I was having and this lead to Michigan for the nationals, Louisiana last month, Frederick, MD (DIFTA), Southern PA (Delaware County Field and Stream) and the latest was the NOA match (Cleveland, OH). So the people I used to see maybe 1 or 2 times a year I might see on a monthly basis during the season.
I've also been invited to spend a weekend shooting with the Himes brothers, who are exceptional shooters. I've put this off for a year or two but I've finally committed to this coming July to spend an entire weekend shooting with them.
I'm hoping at some point that I'm able to travel to Puerto Rico -- it's on my radar:) I see the Puerto Rican's a couple of times each year and they are always inviting me to come down for their Grand Prix in February (I think) and to possibly go iguana hunting while I'm there.
I know it's hard. I've got a wife and three kids with my own responsibilities that go along with that and I wouldn't give it up for anything. But I do love field target so I try my best to achieve a happy medium spending time at home and away doing the things that I love to do.
I would encourage you to go outside your comfort zone at least once this year attending a match that requires an overnight stay (either hotel or camping). If you enjoyed it then add another trip to your calendar the following year and so on.