We’ve had some great trips on the back of races. Get to the location two days before event and book a week or so afterwards. Alternatively use the race long weekend to see if we like the place and return for a trip afterwards.
I’ll never KQ but given the opportunity would take the loyalty route in, only for Kona though, it’s where I first found out about tri thanks to Transworld Sport on Ch4 back in the very old days. Be a few years for that though thanks firstly to covid, we also have to take into account my ability to finish races in consecutive years of course!