As an Indonesian who grew up during the rise of Britney Spears, it’s fair to say that I’m thrilled when I got in touch with Rachel from East to West RMS for the series.
I mean, despite the fact that I don’t know much about America in geography, but I for sure am familiar with Louisiana as that’s where Britney grew up. 😛
So when Rachel said she could cover New Orleans for the series and talk about how far $10 could get in the city, I definitely said yes!
The city was once severely affected by Hurricane Katrina in the past few years, but the major redevelopment in the area seems to just make the city a great option to visit if you’re planning to go to the southeastern part of the USA.
Then, what could you get in New Orleans for $10 USD?!
Strolling Around the Best City to Visit for Both Fun and Culture in Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the most budget-friendly cities in America.
From free parades during all of the festivals (go during festival season, either in February for Mardi Gras or in April for everything else) to extremely cheap eats, this is one of my favorite places to be when sticking to a budget.
$10 can get you SO much during a trip to New Orleans including food, culture, drinks and more.
Have Some Beignet to Start the Day!
To start your day, head to Cafe Du Monde at the original location in the French Quarter across from Jackson Square for the famous beignets. You may have to wait in line – but it’s worth it for the experience. A plate of beignets will only set you back $2 and will fill you enough for half the day.
After breakfast, walk across the street to Jackson Square and walk around the famous square and marvel at the local artists’ paintings and work that set up shop for the day around the perimeter of the square.
This is one of the most cultural and New Orleans things to do. For FREE!
Afterwards, walk a little further inwards in the French Quarter and find yourself on the famous Bourbon Street. Marvel at the dirty street (which hasn’t been cleaned from the night before) and beads all over the streets, wires, and balconies.
Walk up and down the street looking into the different voodoo shops and more novelty stores. Walk into the famous Pat O’Briens bar for the experience, but don’t get an overpriced tourist drink here.
And Of Course, Don’t Miss Mississipi!
At this point, you’ll be ready for a drink. Instead of buying one at a bar, due to the New Orleans open cup law, go into a convenience store and buy an Abita beer (local New Orleans beer – my favorite flavors are Purple Haze or Strawberry) for $2.
Now that you’ll have a beer in hand, make your way on foot towards the Mississipi River and walk along the river for a relaxing afternoon.
When you’re ready for dinner, keep walking around and make your way to one of the many famous po boy shops (Johnnys, Killer, etc.) in the French Quarter to eat the famous NOLA sandwich customized to your choosing. These will cost you around $5-$6 and that will be your full $10 in a day in New Orleans!
Contributor: Rachel from East to West RMS
Rachel Shulman is in love with traveling and the planning that goes into it. She is always researching her next destination and lusting over new places. She has lived in 4 cities and traveled to 35+ countries.