Mini-Trip to New Orleans! [$120!!!]

Spring is here and it’s time for another road trip! This Sunday I decided to take a one-day trip to New Orleans. The last time I visited Nola was in 2012, and I traveled by train with my family. This time, I took the 4-hour drive alone. My budget for this trip was $120!

First, I toured the Garden District. I’ve always been fascinated with beautiful homes. I felt as though I was walking through a magazine.

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My next stop was Seed; a plant-based restaurant that prides itself in local, natural ingredients, and giving back to the community. I decided to order from the brunch menu! I got tofu scramble, seitan, and wheat toast with vegan butter. I also tried a mango smoothie to go along with it. All for $18 πŸ˜€

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The most awaited part of the trip was the swamp tour! Did I see alligators? Did I get bored by the tour guide? Was it everything I expected?

The swamp tour was much more than I expected… it was my favorite stop! Not once did I get bored by the tour guide. Captain Allen was hilarious, very down to earth, and knowledgeable. I learned so many new things. Alligators can go 6 months without eating, the temperature at which their eggs are hatched determines the gender of the alligator, and they also need warmth in order to digest their food.

I had never been on a swamp tour before, so I had no idea what to expect. The weather was actually pretty cool because of the rain storms on the previous day. And although we were able to see plenty of alligators up close, I had no idea that there was one on the boat the entire time! I was so afraid to hold him on my own, so I held his tail while the lady next to me held his head/mouth (which had tape around it). His belly was surprisingly smooth, and he didn’t try to bite my arm off. Yay!

I ordered my ticket with Cajun Pride Swamp Tours online, and it was $21. The tour lasted an hour and a half. It was a memorable experience that I will always cherish πŸ™‚

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Just a little joke! Fun Fact: gators and crocs are two completely different species.

I wanted to visit Audubon’s Insectarium and Butterfly Garden ($23). Two years ago I toured the Butterfly Garden at The Chattanooga Aquarium, and I’ve wanted to go back ever since. However, the Insectarium is on the edge of the French Quarter, which is always super busy. Plus, there was a live event going on, which meant that it took me an hour to get through all of the traffic.

Once I finally reached the Insectarium, I could not find a parking spot for miles. I had also wanted to try a West African Vegan restaurant in the French Quarter. At this point I was a bit frustrated and I really wanted to get away from all of the chaos. So, I went back to Seed for dinner (where I spent $21 on my meal).

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I tried the vegan chili cheese fries and the vegan chicken nuggets. They were absolutely, amazing. In fact, they were so amazing that I accidentally left my to-go boxes inside the restaurant. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize my mistake until it was too late. I was already on my way to do a little shopping on S Claiborne Avenue. I used the money that I would have spent at the Insectarium, plus money that I had set aside in a separate shopping budget.

Finally, I stopped by the gas station to fill up ($40) before heading back. Overall, I spent about $123 (does the extra shopping really count? πŸ™‚ ) I truly enjoyed my trip to New Orleans. Although I’ve visited before, this time I had a new experience and new adventures. Perhaps next time, I will make it to the Insectarium, and maybe even a Pelicans game! I’m so thankful that God has blessed me with the opportunity to explore what He has created. Now, where to next?

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