My Trip to New Orleans

I had a little technical error with my post on my trip to Nola so here it is again.

Back in September, I went to New Orleans and stayed 10 mins outside of the French Quarter

I stayed at an Airbnb for the duration of my trip. I was in NOLA for 4 days and my Airbnb (click the link for the rental info) only cost me $300. It was a 2 bedroom apartment that had up to date amenities. The Airbnb was located about 10 mins from the French Quarter so my ubers cost about $8.

I’m not from New Orleans and didn’t know anyone from there so I didn’t exactly know the area that my Airbnb was located in. The neighborhood was ehh, but the interior was superb. Everything was pretty much up to date and there was AC so I was satisfied. It was scorching hot for the duration so I was thankful.

The weather in New Orleans is typically very hot and humid. The weather was pretty and clear for most of my trip, but on the last day of my trip it rained nonstop.

The French Quarter is basically the bustling downtown area of New Orleans. It’s oversaturated with tourists and everything is overpriced, but there’s a lot of unique souvenirs & etc. During the day, you’ll see painters and at night there’s psychics who occupy the area. It’s interesting to say the least.

Some of the popular food spots to go to are Cafe Du Monde, French Marketplace, Tropical Isle, and Fire Food & Spirits.

Cafe Du Monde is the place to go for beignets because it’s their specialty so that’s pretty much all they serve.

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Fire Food & Spirits is a cool restaurant and bar located about 15 minutes outside of New Orleans. The service wasn’t that great, but the food was good. I went there and got a seafood platter that had catfish, crawfish, and shrimp with pasta.

The French Marketplace is where you can go to get lunch, dinner and do a little flea market shopping. I stopped there for lunch and got a catfish Po’boy. It wasn’t horrible, but I wasn’t impressed.

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There are two Tropical Isle bars located on Bourbon Street that sell the hand grenade drinks. I decided to try another bar called Willies Chicken Shack that has these really tall margarita drinks.

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Down by Canal St there is Riverwalk Outlet, which is basically a mall so if you ever need a last minute outfit or something stop there. Behind the outlet there is a ferry that costs $2 one way and will take you to Algiers Point which is considered to the “Brooklyn” of Nola. The trolley is also cheap and costs $1.25.

 

Canal Street gives you like an LA/Miami feel with the palm trees and streets but it’s definitely one of a kind with there being a trolley going up and down the street every 5 mins which unlike the two.

Bourbon Street is not for the weak hearted. It’s definitely an acquired taste. There’s tons of people… Very drunk people. Ladies don’t wear heels. Always pay attention to what’s going on around you as well. I had numerous strangers walk up to me and get really close to me (my purse). However it’s still cool to just be out and enjoy a night out. I was able to see a wedding second line parade which was really dope.

 

While I was there I went to two museums. I went to the Historic Voodoo Museum, which was quaint and small, but very intriguing and creepy. There was a lot of Creole history in the museum. People placed pictures and money offerings on the relics. There was a “wish stump” where people wrote their wishes down, followed the instructions and placed the paper on the stump with a money offering. Definitely a must see if you’re ever in New Orleans and admission is $5.

The second museum I went to was the Museum of Death. I wasn’t allowed to take any pics, but the museum basically had pictures of crime scenes such as, the Nicole Simpson crime scene, notes/letters from the kids who were apart of the waco cult and there was stuff there related to morticians tools/supplies. If you’re squeamish or faint don’t go. It’s not that much gore, but I’m sure it can be too much for some.

New Orleans is a Southern city so despite it being a seemingly colorful and exciting melting pot of people there are still racial tensions and looks of disdain. It’s best to do most of the activities and sightseeing in a group. If you go somewhere and don’t feel comfortable just leave. Safety first ☝🏾

Always make sure your phone is charged. The French Quarter is winding and confusing at first but you still want to make sure you know where you are at all times.

Overall my trip was really fun. I had fun meeting new people, trying new dishes and exploring the city. I’ll definitely be back soon

Tips for Traveling Wisely and Budget Friendly✈️💸🤓

I’m currently shopping around for a plane ticket deal for my birthday weekend getaway and thought it would be good idea to share my tips for traveling and booking on a budget. Here’s the list that I basically run through when I go through the process.

Flight deals

Snagging a decent flight deal and saving a couple coins always helps. When searching for flight deals be mindful of the small like the deal may be dirt cheap, but you have to suffer through a 10 hour layover or you can only leave with a certain time frame that probably doesn’t work for you.

Where to find flight deals:

Flight deals can be found on an airline’s site if you book early enough. However, you can find flight deals on twitter through these accounts: airfarewatchdog, theflightdeal, airfarespot. Cheapoair and Google flights are two good options as well. Google flights lets you put in the information then show you what airlines are going to your destination, what time, the duration of the flight, layovers and etc. The best part about using Google flights is that they have a calendar so by utilizing the calendar you are able to see the trend in the prices, which will tell you the best, cheapest or most expensive time of year to travel to whichever city.

Also, if you have the patience, energy and time you can leave from JFK (NY) and your flight will be about $200/$300 cheaper

Airlines

Always be mindful of what airline you fly with. Within the past year or so many people have dealt with some horrible things while flying with certain airlines. When I went to New Orleans just a couple months ago I flew with Spirit Airlines. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible, but if I would’ve flew with a different airline I would’ve paid about $300 more.

Timing 

Timing is everything when you’re looking to go on a trip. Don’t get me wrong you can book a last minute trip and things can work out just fine. However, it is in your best interest to book as early as possible. Also, you want to find out what’s the best time of year to visit your destination. What will the weather be like? What events are going on during that time? Have they recently experienced a natural disaster? It’s important to be aware of things for your safety and to ensure that you enjoy your trip.

Airbnb or Hotel

 Where you go is dependent upon whether you should stay at a hotel or an Airbnb. In some cities it’s in your best interest to stay at a hotel as far as having a comfortable stay if you’re traveling abroad or to save money because you’re in a pricey city. However, there are times when staying at an Airbnb is the best option. Airbnb gives you an at home feel with prices that range from reasonable to astronomical depending on what you want.  Something that’s super helpful for most is the book now, pay later option with Expedia. By doing book now, pay later you’ll be able to book your room and pay when you arrive. Always read the reviews for whichever option you’re leaning towards and make sure you weigh your options.

 Social Media

Social Media is a big help for me. Utilizing the search tool will give the inside scoop on things like reviews, scenery, and etc. For example, to get an idea of what a certain city or place looks like I’ll search it on Instagram where I can view various pictures of it, the kind of people that’s there and what the atmosphere is like. On sites like Yelp and Facebook, you can get detailed reviews on restaraunts, spas and many other places so that you know whether you should go there or not.

Reviews

 Always read reviews they’re your best friend especially when looking for hotels, an Airbnb or somewhere to eat.

Location

Once you have a general idea of where you’re going to be for the duration of your stay scope it on Maps or Google Maps to see what you’ll be near. You’ll want to know how close you’ll be to the activities you’re doing. Also, it would be useful to know where’s the nearest grocery store, food spots or pharmacy. Another thing to do would be get price estimates on your Uber, Lyft trips or public transportation if that’s how you plan on getting around.

Currency

 Don’t be in a rush to exchange your currency at the first place you see. Hold tight if you can to get the best exchange rate otherwise you’ll lose money trying to get money.

One last thing! Pay attention to cancellation fees and dates!!!

This is pretty much everything that has come to mind for me. I hope this was helpful and useful for anyone looking to travel wisely and budget friendly. Safe travels!

I’m Back & I’m Better

I decided to take a new approach with my blog for the new year. I’m re-branding and reinvesting in my blog and most importantly myself. I decided to venture out a bit last year. I tried it out with a podcast and I even wrote for a magazine. I wanted to get the experience with collaborating and stepping out of my comfort zone creatively. In the end, I realized that I wasn’t able to freely express my creativity and convey my vision the way I wanted to, but I did learn from those experiences.

I changed my blog name to something more fitting. It was a name that was initially used when I started using social media. I took a self made approach with my blog and decided to do everything on my own. I bought my own domain and even designed my own logo.

My goal is to transform my blog into a lifestyle blog. I will be discussing various topics from movies to budgeting. I will be vlogging occasionally as well.

My main focus is to share my vision and thoughts with others. I feel like I have some worthwhile experiences and knowledge to share with people. I know and feel that I can make my blog an informative, intriguing and fun read for viewers. I always have thoughts and ideas that I feel would be properly shared on here.

I can’t wait to share new things with you all!

Here’s to re-branding and reinvesting 2018 and beyond!

Healthy Friendships

It’s important for us to evaluate our circles and know that we are surrounding ourselves with people who are good for us. A lot of the times we end up in friendships due to common interests, personality similarities or because of common areas such as work, high school and college. MOST of the time people call each other friends, but in reality it’s more a convenience thing or there’s some low-key rivalry. Some of us remain in friendships despite the fact that it’s a dead end friendship, but still continue just stick around out of convenience because I mean who would want to voluntarily start over with a brand new set of friends? Nobody. At some point you have to evaluate and ask yourself are any of the friendships I’m in good for me? Is this a friendship that I have outgrown? Am I only friends with this person because I went to college/high school with them? Am I only friends with person until my shift is over? These are questions that I feel will easily give you an idea of whether your friendships are genuine and whether someone is a friend or an acquaintance.

So far in my adulting, I have realized that a lot of the energy we put out into the world is mostly made up of the energy that we are given meaning if you’re around shitty people you’re going to end up assimilating and becoming a shitty person as well which meaning that you’re putting out shitty energy. If you’re around productive people you’re more likely to be inspired by that and become productive yourself.

Here’s a list of what I think a genuine and healthy friendship consists of:

  • Respect – You and your friends should have should have mutual respect for one another. No sneak dissing, clowning or disrespect. You both respect each other’s relationships. Lines aren’t crossed.
  • Communication – Good communication is key. It prevents a lot of unnecessary and catty issues amongst women. Everybody can talk/vent, but it takes a real friend to be able to just listen. Some people fake listen, but it’s important to have a friend who actually listens and gets you. Make sure you can be that friend as well
  • Balance – you and your friends’ personalities should compliment one another which I think is important because some people may agree on certain things, but not enough for it to be healthy friendship. Also, there should be a balance because no one wants to feel like they’re carrying or forcing the friendship. Time spent together is important in terms of balance as well because too much time spent together can be detrimental. Moderation is key.
  • Trust- Trust is really, really, really important because you need to know that when you confide in a friend the information shared between the two of you isn’t shared and vice versa. It’s also important because in a friendship both people should know and feel that their friend always has their back
  • No Competiveness – you and your friends shouldn’t be competing or trying to upstage one another.
  • Uplifting/Support– Your friends are one of your best sources of support. You should be there for them. They should be there for you.
  • Dependability – this is particularly important because it goes hand in hand with balance. I think you should be able to feel like you can count on your friend and they should feel the same way about you. However, that doesn’t mean you should be paying your friends bills and they should be buying cars lol unless that’s what you guess have a mutual understanding on.

For the 20 Something Year Olds

If you’re anything like me you’re constantly analyzing and evaluating every aspect of your life. As young adults in our 20’s we’re all trying to figure out life and how we can live fulfilling lives. I have moments where I do a lot of self-reflection on my accomplishments, mishaps, and etc. so I decided to share a few things I’ve learned so far in adulthood. I hope this is helps!

  • Reflect, but don’t dwell – I think reflecting is good. It’s important to look back and see where you went wrong, but it’s even more important to do so because you remind yourself of all the good things you have accomplished. However, don’t dwell on anything negative, just reflect so that you’ll learn from it.
  • Take risks – I’ve learned that it’s all about seizing the opportunity. Do all of the things you want to do and don’t second guess yourself. The last thing you’d want to do is live your life regretting anything. Take risks with something you’re passionate about like a career path, a trip, a project, an idea or an outfit doesn’t matter what it is just do it. Life is all about the experiences.
  • Don’t settle and don’t feel bad for not settling – if there’s a job that just isn’t working for you and doesn’t fit the vision you have for your career path just ditch it. Don’t like your current lifestyle? Change it. Don’t get so comfortable with complaining about the things you’re unhappy with in your life that you end up settling for it anyway. Devote your time to pursuing your dreams. Remove anything that isn’t satisfying you in life.
  • Do what suits you – A lot of people feel pressured to do things because other people are doing it. Don’t feel that way. Do what works for YOU. Do what YOU want to do.
  • Never compare yourself– everybody’s timing isn’t the same and everything isn’t for everybody. You’ll be miserable if you constantly compare yourself to what other people are doing. It’s really pointless because we’re all different people and we all don’t aspire to do the same things in life.
  • Network – meet people. talk to people. It’s all about who you know these days. Take advantage of any networking opportunities because you never what could become of it.
  • Be prepared to take some L’s – You’re going to experience some failures in life, but it’s okay you can use that and learn from it. Learn from the losses so that you can prosper and be great.
  • Time management – Managing your time is a key part of staying organized and punctual. Make sure that you’re planning things out effectively. If you suck at planning use a planner, calendar or the iPhone app “Reminders” to help you stay on track.
  • Timing is everything, but at the same time it isn’t– Don’t get caught up in the concept of time. It’s never too late to accomplish the things you want to do.
  • Don’t let people project their issues onto you – a lot people are unsatisfied with their lives. Don’t let people try to lump you into their miserable lives. Live your life and don’t let other people distort your way of thinking. Be happy.
  • Live in the moment – I’ve noticed that a lot people get stuck on showing everybody how lit they are or whatever, but sometimes you should just put the phone down. Everybody doesn’t need to know what you’re doing all of the time because I mean if you’re recording and taking pictures of every little thing you do are you even enjoying the moment? Just enjoy wherever you are and whoever you’re with.
  • Being alone is ok – Alone time is essential. When other people aren’t around it allows you to think clearly and if you’re not used to it learn to enjoy your own company. Take yourself out to the movies, treat yourself to a spa day or something more simple like a walk or reading a book. A little solitude every now and then is healthy.
  • Being selfish is ok – Life is stressful and busy so there are times where you should put yourself and your needs over everyone else’s. It’s absolutely ok to put yourself over others because if you’re looking out for other people and putting them first who’s putting you first??
  • Make plans, but just know that sometimes you’ll be winging it – I think it’s good to have a general plan of how you want your life to go because it’ll help you stay focused on whatever goals you want to accomplish. However, 9 times out of 10 you’re going to stray away from your original plan because life is full of surprises, but that shouldn’t deter you from continuously working towards seeing your goals or plans through.