Warm weather, palm trees, amazing hospitality, diverse culture, an abundance of history, delicious food, enlightening art, adventurous nightlife and much more. New Orleans has a lot to offer for every kind of traveler!
- 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 our Airbnb was roughly $5-6; besides the trip to the airport which was $20. As I mentioned in my previous post, we had to use Uber once from the airport because Lyft wasn’t allowed to pickup passengers. It cost about $30 for that ride.
- 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 want to go in New Orleans. I recommend checking their website to make the best judgement.
- Getting to and from the airport: 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. In fact, 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 French, West African, Caribbean and other influences.
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. Unfortunately, however, I never any ATM/branches. You’ll be fine with finding an ATM/branch if you have Chase and/or Capitol One.
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’m personally used to, being a city girl. The woman who lived next door from our Airbnb was southern hospitality at its finest!
New Orleans has a bad rep for being “sketchy” and unsafe in certain areas. I believe if you play it smart and are aware of your surroundings, and belongings, you’ll be fine.
- There’s so much history and culture in this city, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t 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?