Do most of you guys prefer traveling to bigger venue meets where there is a larger pool of lifters?

Or do you pick meets based on the proximity to you?

I kinda go back and fourth. Sometimes I don't really like traveling. It wears me out, scheduling time off from work, etc. It can be a huge pain in the neck. Not to mention the expense.

Other times, getting out of your comfort zone to compete against lifters who are big names nationally can be a pretty big rush. It really creates a situation that really is exciting to compete in but is also a huge boost to your training when you get back.

Which is more important to you guys?