As you look for an RV rental for your road trip to New Orleans, are you planning things that you want to do while there? This iconic city is full of fantastic things to do, as well as some not so fabulous experiences.
After you’ve found the perfect RV rental for your trip, it’s important to make a plan of activities that you’d like to do and places that you’d like to see. To help you make the most out of your visit, we’ve compiled the things that you should avoid to ensure that you have an amazing time in one of the most unique cities in the U.S.
From the food to its history, New Orleans offers a lot to travelers who want to experience culture and lifestyle in the destinations that they visit. With unique laws, a vibrant atmosphere, and plenty of fun to be had, this southern city may be one of the must-see destinations in the country. Here are our 5 top tips for your visit to New Orleans:
1.Just because you can drink on the street, don’t forget to enjoy yourself without being hungover. You may like the idea that you can carry an open-container of beer on the street in New Orleans, but does that mean that it’s the best idea to get “permanently” sloshed while in the city? We don’t think so. While enjoying a few drinks during your visit is a big yes, you also want to see and do other things without having a massive hungover. From enjoying a visit to the French Quarter to taking a walk in City Park, there are many iconic experiences to be had in New Orleans that are best enjoyed…sober.
2.Don’t wear open-toed shoes on Bourbon Street. Because, gross. Bourbon Street sees a lot of people throughout the day and for some reason, the streets look it. Whatever it is that’s covering the streets, you don’t want it on your pretty toes. Granted, summer may bring hot weather that will be forcing you to wear sandals, but um, do so at your own risk.
3.Don’t walk home alone at night after some drinks. We don’t want to scare you because New Orleans truly is a fun place to visit or even live, but walking home alone at night after you’ve had a few drinks could be a bit dangerous in certain areas, so it’s best to Uber or cab it home—in our opinion. While the touristy areas of New Orleans are relatively safe for the most part, it’s still a good idea to exercise caution when the sun goes down.
4.Don’t drive your car anywhere near a parade. If a parade is going on, you really want to exercise caution about driving anywhere near it. Sure, if you’re going to visit the parade, you may want to get parking as close as possible, but that may be a decision that shoots you in the foot. Why? You could be stuck in traffic for hours…no joke. Put on your walking shoes instead and enjoy the fun and excitement of a local New Orleans parade. You most likely don’t want to spend valuable time when visiting New Orleans stuck in a car.
5.You can be topless during Mardi Gras, but don’t think that it’s an excuse for year round full-nudity. Mardi Gras is truly a unique festival that many people enjoy experiencing. While being topless during Mardi Gras is fully accepted, exposing yourself at any time of the year or any other normally-hidden part of your body is not. You would think that this is common sense, but unfortunately, common sense is not so common and many people think New Orleans is a nudist colony—we hate to inform you, it’s not.
So, keeping all of the above in mind, are you ready to visit New Orleans? As one of the most unique and iconic cities in the U.S., it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is certainly an experience to be had.
As long as you practice common sense, stay responsible, and make a point of staying safe, New Orleans may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. There is a lot going on, a lot of fun to be had, and historical places to visit. Some people who visit New Orleans get so caught up in the nightlife or the free-spirited nature of the city and throw caution to the wind—it’s much better to enjoy New Orleans with an open mind yet responsible behavior.
As you plan your trip in an RV rental, rest assured that there are many reasons that you should visit New Orleans and while you don’t want to do any of the above-mentioned things, there is plenty that you can and should do while visiting this fabulous city.