This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in New Orleans. To help you make friends with New Orleans before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
New Orleans is a city in the state of Louisiana. Also known as "NOLA" or "The Big Easy", New Orleans is a city of celebration, food, music, and art. The population of the city is about 300,000, with over 1.2 million people living in the whole metropolitan area. New Orleans was hit hard by the hurricane Katrina in 2005, but the main city area has been masterfully reconstructed and there are several New Orleans hostels that are now open. The hostels in New Orleans are spread out, but the selection is good.
New Orleans has heaps of things to do. If you enjoy music, you could easily spend weeks in the city, just going to different districts and enjoying the massive music selection available. Even though the biggest things in the city are jazz, blues, and soul, there's a place for every kind of music here. The most known places to go for a music fan are Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street, but the whole city has unique places to offer and you just need to get out there and find them. You should be able to find interesting places in the same neighborhood as your hostel in New Orleans.
The French Quarter in New Orleans is well worth visiting, as it is the oldest section of the city. You can take a stroll in the historic areas of the city and enjoy the architecture (colonial and victorian) and many historic sites. There is also a strange New Orleans "knack" for Voodoo, so you can also visit one of these specialty shops if you're interested.
Even though New Orleans is not considered a dangerous destination to travel to (at least if you stay in the touristy areas), remember to keep your wits with you; there are plenty of hustlers, scammers, and pickpockets around.
Hostels in New Orleans are fairly inexpensive for a large city, so it should be easy to find what you're looking for within your budget.
Written by local enthusiast for New Orleans hostelsMiika