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!

Hiking to the Hollywood sign 101🌄

By S. Easley

So last week I took a trip to California for vacation. One thing that I wanted to accomplish was making it to the Hollywood sign.

Boy oh boy did I underestimate that hike. So from my own experience I decided to share some pointers and photos with you guys.

Here’s some major keys🔑 that’ll help you reach the top safely 

  • The key is go early to beat the heat and the sun otherwise it’ll be unbearable AND dangerous!🆘
  • Stay hydrated. Bring multiple bottles of water. Freeze them the night before. 💧
  • Stretch. Stretch. Stretch. 🏋🏽Especially if your body isn’t used to walking long distances
  • Pay attention to the signs because you’ll easily end up taking a wrong turn because there’s so many other trails↗️⬇️↙️↘️↖️
  • Take breaks. Stop at a rock or in some shade and stretch🌳
  • Always go with another person or in a group the more the better 👫👯👬👭

I also wanted to add that you can’t get as close to the sign as you think lol. Hope my tips help💕

Below are pics📸 taken during my hike 👇🏾

NYC for the weekend 

By: S. Easley

So this weekend me and my BFF decided to take a trip to NY just to do it. We had both been to NY but never really got a chance to explore and experience it really. While we were there we visited the 9/11 memorial, times square, a park, NYU, got some delicious pizza in Greenwich, went to the Tonic Bar in Manhattan for wings & music and then went to Milk River for drinks which is a restaurant and lounge in Brooklyn.

Here’s some pictures

 Pizza Mercato located in Soho

 9/11 memorial

Washington Square Park

Chinese New Year performance in Times Square

Milk River a popular lounge/Bar/Restaurant in Brooklyn

Sweet & Spicy wings from Tonic Bar in Manhattan

Made in America Festival 

My Labor Day weekend was spent in Philly at the Made in America festival. I must say it was an amazing experience if you think you love a song just from listening on the radio or whatever you’ll love it even more when you hear it live. It’s almost like hearing all your favorite songs for the first time that kind of feeling.

The first day of the festival which was Saturday (sept. 5) there tons of people. The performances I enjoyed the most that day was Beyonce. I was always kinda a fan but now I’m a 100% in love with her she’s an amazing performer.

The 2nd & last day of the festival was Sunday. There lots of performances. Lolawolf, Post Malone, Future, Big Sean, J. Cole & The Weeknd. The performances were all really good.

I really loved the concept of this concert and the setup. It’s really a good experience you hear new songs, old songs, meet new people, & enjoy the city. I have a few pics & videos I’ll add below


  
  
  
  
  

Puerto Rico

Earlier this month I took a trip with one of my friends to Puerto Rico. I was determined to take this trip before it was time to head to classes for the Fall semester. It’s a beautiful place with beautiful weather. Most of our days were spent watching the sunrise and sunset. We spent our days at the beach and our nights enjoying the nightlife and the people. I’ll definitely go back 😊