Good day everyone!
This past December, one of my closes friends, Kay, graduated from Prairie View A&M University; the same exact college I received my Bachelor’s Degree from. After all the stress, sweat, blood, and tears endured from undergrad, it was imperative for us to celebrate her milestone to the fullest.
Kay calls me up suggesting that we take a road trip to New Orleans. Mind you, she insisted on heading out there in one week. Very random and extremely last minute! But I do enjoy spontaneity so without any sort of hesitation I was down for the journey. There were four ladies including myself that tagged along for the graduation celebration, and we were more than ready to take on everything the “Big Easy” had to offer.
Below you can see the entire NOLA crew.

Since we all reside in Houston, it made sense for us to save our coins and take a road trip rather than booking a flight. The amount of time it took us to get to our destination was around 5 1/2 hours. The thought of being cooped up in a car for hours may seem miserable to some. But with the help of Bryson Tiller’s ‘Trap Soul’ album and having typical “girl talks”, the ride went by quite smoothly. We left on a Tuesday morning and stayed at an adorable Bed & Breakfast in the French Quarter, Hotel St. Pierre.
The hotel accommodation worked out perfectly for us. It was super cute, clean, had great customer service, convenient location, and very affordable. We booked our room for two nights, which cost $50.00 each. The only issue was the size of our room. It was pretty cramped, especially for some of the crew members that over-packed; you know who you are..haha! Although the room was tiny, we didn’t make a huge fuss because all we cared about was exploring the French Quarter.
First thing we decided to do was eat!; and of course it was Cajun!. Being the typical photographer that I am, I had to take pictures of my delicious meal. You really can’t get more Cajun than seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, fried chicken, and jambalaya. yum! I’d also like to add that this fulfilling meal only cost me $13.95.
After the meal, we started our walking venture around the French Quarter viewing all of the amazing vintage architecture. You can check out what I’d captured with my DSLR camera by clicking the following link:NOLA Photos 🙂
After hours of wondering around, the sun started to set, which meant our Bourbon St. shenanigans was about to begin. We freshened up at our hotel and headed back out for the nightlife.

Our NOLA night-out consisted of multiple hand grenades, stops at the delectable Chicken Shack, and bar hoping along the Bourbon strip. Good Times!

We attempted a group picture a million times, but it was impossible for us to get a great shot without being photo-bombed by strangers. The picture below was probably the biggest photo-bomb I’ve ever encountered. You can barely see our faces!

By viewing the photos, anyone who hasn’t visited NOLA can get an idea of how exciting it can get; and this was only a Tuesday night! We returned back to our hotel at the crack of dawn. Once we were well rested the next day, it was time to do it all over again.
Overall, NOLA is the ideal place to go with your friends if you’re looking to have an amazing time without breaking your pockets.
Here’s my NOLA expense breakdown:
Hotel: $50.00 per person (for 2 nights)Gas: $20.00 per personFood, drinks, etc.: $100.00 (for 2 days)
Total: $170.00
OMG, SOOO FREAKIN’ CHEAP!!!
Any trip you take that cost less than $500.00 is very inexpensive. I spent less than $200.00 on my random road trip, which is pretty damn amazing if you ask me!
For those individuals out there that may feel discouraged about traveling because of money…DON’T!
Travel doesn’t always have to cost thousands of dollars. If you ask me, great memories around people that you love is well worth the money.
I hope you all find this post inspiring, helpful, and/or amusing.
God Bless 🙂

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