I love to travel, don’t get me wrong Chicago is amazing, but there’s so much world to see! I recently had an opportunity to visit New Orleans on a girls trip with my mom and we had such a great time. I always wondered what I’d do when I visited a place where the beach wasn’t the main attraction and honey New Orleans showed me!
I got to visit the city for 5 days and everyday was literally an adventure. I’ve never walked so much in my life, I legit had 12,000 steps in one day (shoutout to FitBit for tracking me) and it was so worth it. My mom and I hit the city without a plan and it worked out for us. We are two completely different travel types, she usually has a full itinerary set and I’m a go-with-the-flow kinda girl, so I was really surprised when she was up for more than a little bit of random adventure.
Lots of people chat about Bourbon Street but my favorite street was Royal Street. To be honest, Bourbon Street smells exactly how a hangover feels and my senses just couldn’t take it lol. Royal Street had so many cool shops and seemed to be buzzing with activity no matter what time we got there. From live bands to acrobats and lots of shops in between, this was by far my favorite area to walk through each day.
Our second or third day we decided to head over to the outlet mall for a bit of shopping and we happened upon a food festival! What was even cooler was we caught a live band called Tank and the Bangas and they were really dope. It was super cool to vibe out in front of the Mississippi River, I had never been that close to the river! The band gave me lots of neo-soul and funk vibes, they’re streaming on Spotify so check them out!
I also had a chance to take a few tours, walking and bus, to just see the city and one of them landed me in City Park which was absolutely beautiful! I really loved the colorful houses and riding through the Garden District, in the future I’d prefer a walking tour through that area just to be able to get pictures and whatnot. Jackson Park was also a great stop, so great we doubled back to hang out at the riverfront. We got schooled on the above ground cemeteries and walked through a couple as well.
Everyone goes to New Orleans and raves about the food, I will admit I broke my diet on more the one occasion. The boudin wraps at Huck Finn’s, so many crawfish, fried seafood at at Oceana Grill, and I could go on. Just know if you’re headed to NOLA you’re going to eat, eat, then eat some more. My favorite snack was the beignets of course, if I could’ve brought them all home with me I would have. We had beignets in two places and both served them up hot and fresh. And if you’re looking for a great brunch, I’d recommend The Court of Two Sisters, it was buffet style and they literally had everything to taste.
Some of the coolest cities are in our own backyard, travel doesn’t have to be exotic or international to inspire you. I loved the culture and the people of New Orleans and I cannot wait to get back.
What places are on your 2016 destination list? Let’s chat in the comments below!