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Five Mistakes To Avoid When Visiting New Orleans

By Chidirim Ndeche 05 June 2018   |   4:00 am

Travelling to a foreign place, whether in the next town or the next continent, it is always safe to know more about where you are visiting.

Nicknamed the “Big Easy”, New Orleans is known for its vibrant live-music scene, spicy cuisine and round-the-clock nightlife. But, amidst all that, the city crawls with secrets. We have some expert advice to keep you safe on what to eat, drink and do when touring the city.

Bourbon Street, New Orleans. Photo: ManAboutWorld

Here are a few things to not do to keep your trip and stay as smooth as possible.

Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Whatever you put in your back pocket, whether your wallet or even your phone, is liable to fall out or get snatched during festivities. If it’s important to you, put it in your front pocket or in your jacket.

Don’t show up late to parades
This town is always lit with parades, from the biggest, largest attended Mardi gras parade, Endymion, to smaller ones. People camp out for days in advance and you do not want to get in their way.

Don’t walk alone after midnight
It’s okay to stay out late drinking. However, walking alone in a dimly-lit street is an open invitation to the evils that come with dark streets at night. Walk with at least one other person or save tour exploring for brighter hours of the morning.

Don’t use an actual taxi
It’s similar to the way it is here in Nigeria. Uber and Lyft are almost always cheaper, quicker, more reliable and easily accessible.

Don’t eat an entire po-boy in one sitting
Restaurant Verti Marte’s po-boys makes for great cheap eats. Available all day long, they’re sublime in their fried chicken, fried oyster, or shrimp incarnations and dressings of mayo, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes. But beware! This is a two-person meal. Bring a friend or take half home.

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