“My travel tips came in handy on my recent visit to the beautiful New Orleans”
How did you ring in 2018?! I brought it in with my husband and son and a family friend in New Orleans. There are two places that I love to visit simply because I can eat until I drop. One of those places is Chicago and the other is New Orleans. This is my fourth time visiting this beautiful, historic city and I fall in love with it more and more each time I go. So, If you ever plan on visiting New Orleans or going anywhere in 2018, keep reading my travel tips and see some behind the scene pictures and videos into our last 2017 Adventure.
Traveling with my husband has always been so easy-breezy. We packed, went to a new city and LIVED IT UP. Now, enter our one-year-old who thinks the world revolves around him (the gag is, it really does). Things changed and I learned a lot. Here are my three travel tips while vacationing with a mini-emperor.
- Be fluid: I am the chief planner. I like to do things a certain way and I plan all our trips, meals and adventurers when we travel. Honey, with a child all that changes. If he doesn’t want to go out to eat, we don’t go. If he needs a nap, we leave the zoo, museum, outing, wherever and take him back for a nap. So, don’t get mad…just adjust. Even if you don’t have a kid, things and plans change and when on a trip, learn to take it easy and be fluid. Don’t get mad when a flight gets cancelled or you don’t get into a place you wanted to go, find something else to do and have fun. Keep reading for more travel tips.
- Travel Light: Now that I have to pack for two, I have learned to pack lightly. Plus, If you overpack, how are you going to bring your goodies back home?! I also learned to roll my clothes into little balls so that I can get more into the suitcase.
- Bring a camera: Listen carefully, don’t get stuck behind a camera while your family enjoys life without you, but do bring one along to document the vacation. I asked my husband for half-a-day to shoot for my blog and I incorporated him into the shot day by having him drive me to the best places for photography, and we even shot in a park so him and my son could play while I did my thing. You want to document the time but not be left out of the experience. These three are not just travel tips, but life trips in general so apply them wherever you see fit.
After those three travel tips, the last I want to give you is to download some of my favorite traveling apps. I live for apps that tell me where the best eateries, events and night-time fun can be found. I love YELP and I use it even in my own city to find the best eateries around. I also go on Foodnetwork and look up places that Guy Fieri of Diners Drive-in and Dives has been to and I visit those spots if possible (his lists are legitimately awesome). If you’re flying continental or across the states, Tripit is a great app that creates a master itinerary for every trip you make. PackPoint helps you pack and not forget essentials based on where you are going and of course Uber to give you rides from your airport to hotel or around the city and Google Maps for those who rent cars or drive from one city to another. FYI carry around Theraflu or Emergen-C and hand sanitizer especially if you have a young one. Planes and hotels are filled with germs and you don’t want to catch a bug while enjoying your vacation.
We arrived In New Orleans Friday night and we went out to Cheesecake Bistro and I had the shrimp pasta and the red velvet cheesecake. I decided to channel Kim K and wear sweatpants with some clear heels. I dressed to eat that night. The next day, we went to my favorite brunch place called Trolley Stop and I wore a pair of faux leather pants, an army green slouchy tee, a blazer and leopard print flats.
Saturday was my photoshoot day and our park day. I can’t wait to show you all the looks I shot…but I did get to shoot a family friend we brought along to help us out with Sammy and she looked divine. We then went to Acme Oyster Bar for dinner and petted some horses. New Orleans just has so much to see. We stayed in the French Quarter at Staybridge Inn so we could walk practically everywhere.
Sunday, which was New Years Eve, We watched my home church on our phones and then we went Two Sisters for dinner. That night was amazingly cold and we didn’t stay out long. We finished off the NYE night with watchnight service on our phones and rang it in kisses, hugs and fireworks going off around the city of New Orleans. It was divine.
New Years day was a rest day for all of us because we were all getting a bit under the weather. But that night, my husband and I went to the Alabama Game at the Mercedes-Benz Auditorium (this is the real reason why my husband took us to NO..lol). He is a BIG Alabama fan and once again his team dominated. It was my first live-football game experience and even though I didn’t know what was happening, I enjoyed being there with him.
The last day we stopped by Cafe Du Monde and grabbed a couple of beignets and coffee and hit the road. Overall, the trip was a smashing success. We all got sick, but I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything in the world. If you plan on visiting this beautiful city, take a look at the list of the eateries down below and check them out next time you’re there. Remember to make 2018 the best year ever and check out my last post on how to make realistic goals for 2018 HERE
- Hotel: Staybridge Inn
- Brunch: Trolley Stop Cafe and Oceana Grill
- Beignet: Cafe Du Monde
- Dinner: Acme Oyster Grill and Two Sisters