OVERALL EXPERIENCE:

Warm weather, palm trees, amazing hospitality, diverse culture, an abundance of history – both tragic & good, delicious food, enlightening art, adventurous nightlife and much more – New Orleans has a lot to offer for every kind of traveler!


GETTING AROUND:

  • Ridesharing – We used Lyft frequently throughout the trip and spent about $25 in total per person – from getting to the: French Quarter, other Wards in New Orleans and airport. The cost of each trip from the Airbnb we stayed at was roughly $5-6 (besides the trip to the airport which was $20). As I mentioned on my first post, we had to use Uber once, which cost $30, because Lyft wasn’t allowed to pickup passengers at the airport.
  • Walking – Depending on where you stay, getting to the French Quarter might not be a daunting task. Our Airbnb to Bourbon street was roughly a 30 minute walk. Once you’re in the French Quarter, everything is basically within walking distance.
Things to Note:
  • Public Transportation – There are streetcars in New Orleans that you can take, however it may not go to certain places you would want to go in New Orleans. I recommend checking their website to make the best judgement.
  • Getting to and from the airport – As I mentioned in my first post, I normally use public transportation to get to the city center since it’s usually a fast and cheap option. But after some research I learned that, while public transportation in New Orleans is cheap, it isn’t the most convenient (it’s rather slow and makes frequent stops). If you’re considering taking a regular taxi to the French Quarter, the fare is roughly $33 without a tip (for two passengers). Each person after two passengers is an additional $15 – so realistically taking an Uber is the best/cheapest option.

FOOD & DRINK: 

New Orleans pretty much had me in a food coma the entire time I was there. From the: pulled pork and mac & cheese, to the flavorful crawfish and the sweet and fluffy beignets – I could barely keep up! There’s a wide variety of food for everyone to love and of course Louisiana has its own staples like – Po’ Boys, gumbo, jambalaya, seafood and more. Many of their signature dishes are combined with Spanish, French, West African, Caribbean and other influences.

 


MONEY:

Like any U.S. city, New Orleans can be somewhat expensive, especially if you’re eating out everyday. Also, if you decide to take Lyft or Uber frequently like we did, it definitely adds up. I would advise that you take out cash prior to landing in New Orleans. I figured since it was a U.S. city I would find my bank (Bank of America) there, but unfortunately I never found any of my ATM/branches. You’ll be fine with finding an ATM/branch if you have Chase and/or Capitol One.


PEOPLE: 

New Orleans is the epitome of southern hospitality, everyone I encountered was friendly and chill. The only downside to this is that people tend to move slower than I am personally used to, being a city girl. The woman who lived next door from our Airbnb was southern hospitality at its finest!


SAFETY: 

New Orleans has a bad rep for being “sketchy” and unsafe in certain areas at certain times. I believe if you play it smart and are aware of your surroundings and belongings you will be fine. At night, I would take a taxi to get you to, and from, your destination.



OTHER TIPS/ADVICE: 

  • There’s so much history and culture in this city, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not learn a bit about the city you’re visiting. Don’t get me wrong, drinking and partying can be fun, but there’s so much more to New Orleans than Bourbon street 

Next time I come to New Orleans, I want to focus more on the history of music in New Orleans. What part of New Orleans history would you like to learn more about?

8 Comments

  1. Thanks for all the good tips. I love NOLA! The atmosphere and the food are incredible, and I have visited around Jazz Festival time which is a lot of fun

    • Paula Reply

      I definitely have to go back around Jazz Festival time, I’m sure it’s amazing!

  2. Lools like such a fun city!! I have never been but have a bunch of friends who have gone a bunch and really love it there. I really want to try some of the delicious food there. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Paula Reply

      The funny thing is, I usually am not interested in visiting U.S. cities (idk why) but New Orleans was one of those places I knew I had to go to!

  3. This is the second post I’ve read of yours on New Orleans and it certainly makes me want to go all the more. Certainly, your posts was very thorough and as someone who worries how to get around a city, this was most helpful. Going on a US tour next year so who knows, perhaps will manage to make it to the city after all!

    • Paula Reply

      Thank you so much, Gareth. I love receiving suggestions/feedback like this, it’s very helpful for me when creating future content.

      I definitely say you should include NOLA to your US tour next year! Honestly, I don’t travel much within the US (which is kind of sad) because I’m not that fascinated in what the US has to offer, (as horrible as that sounds) but NOLA definitely made me reconsider my views on places to visit within the states!

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