We typically don't travel for the holidays, unless it's to see family. Cold weather, airport lines, and the general moodiness of it all can lead to unpleasantness. At the end of 2017, however, we had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans, which was a lot of fun. We were part of a larger group, so there were a lot of things we "had to do" and our schedule was some what regimented,but we did get some time to get out on our own and explore a bit. The unseasonable cold hit New Orleans as well, and we weren't able to do everything we wanted, but that just means we'll have to go back. Foodies that we are, I noticed how beautiful the presentation on the food we ate was. As this was my first time in New Orleans, I can now say I have been down Bourbon Street, but can safely say I won't go back. Twenty years ago, it may have been a different story, but seeing people just being ridiculous, up to and including a man relieving himself in a corner, isn't my idea of fun. The people of New Orleans were friendly and welcoming, and as I said, I look forward to returning when we've got more of our own time to explore places like the Garden District and maybe take a guided tour or two.
In a little over a week, my family and I will be heading back to what has become one of my favorite places in this country. Affectionately dubbed the "Redneck Riviera", Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama are the perfect spot to escape the cold of a Midwest Winter, feel the sand between your toes,and smell the wonderful salty sea air. Keep watching as I'll be posting, vlog/blogging while we're there!
Candice Minks is the Owner/Travel Professional of Minks Cruise and Travel.