Travelers: Bethany & Joe
Budget: Budget ($500-$1000)
Where did you go? We went to New Orleans, Louisiana. Bethany’s parents spent their first anniversary there, so we had already heard about how wonderful it is. Mix in our love of food, music, and history, and Giorgio Tsoukalos and the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus’ Cosmic Convergence Festival, and it was a recipe for awesomeness.
What did you do? We stayed in the Banana Courtyard Bed and Breakfast, which is in an historic house of ill-repute. They served fresh pastries from local bakeries with homemade jams and preserves, with coffee, tea, juice, and fruit.
On the first day, we walked five miles across town to have lunch at Nirvana Indian Cuisine (you can’t beat a $10 vegetarian-friendly buffet!), and had our first experience (of three) eating beignets at Cafe du Monde.
We spent nearly every day walking around the city, eating wherever we felt like, especially the 24 hour dive bar on the same block as the B&B. We devoted a day to the National World War II Museum, and visited a glassmaking school in our quest for the perfect Christmas ornament.
We attended free concerts at St. Louis Cathedral on the weeknights, and finally went to the Cosmic Convergence Festival to help prevent the end of the world on December 21st.
What’s your best travel advice for other offbeat honeymooners? Order the guide book. Thanks to the guide, we were able to find vegetarian-friendly restaurants, the December off-season “Papa Noel” specials, and a ton of free or cheap things to do on our trip.
Also, since we booked with a travel agent, we got even more discounts on the Bed and Breakfast, so that it came out to about half of what it was supposed to cost.
Avoid the tourist trap restaurants and bars, and ask the cab drivers and staff where they like to eat.
What are your New Orleans vacation travel tips?