When we first began our travels, we considered many options as far as getting around U.S.A. and as we continued our travels, we discovered even more. There are a lot of non-traditional options that you may have never considered. They each have their pros and cons. To each their own; one option may work perfectly for one while seeming nearly impossible for another. I wanted to provide many options for foreigners and non-foreigners as a basic idea of how you can get around U.S.A. and hopefully one will pique your interest. Here are some options that we have considered during our travels:
A.J. and I have been fortunate enough to find ourselves in New Orleans, Louisiana twice in one year (it is A.J.’s favorite city). We went to 2017 Mardi gras which ended Feb. 28 and we got to go down again from November 2-13, 2017 for a mini vacation. There were some notable differences that I wanted to share and some advice for anybody looking to go to New Orleans at any time of the year! Please read on for information covering New Orleans and Mardi Gras.
If you like to take long distance road trips, there's a high chance you will be driving through the night. Me and A.J. (husband) take many long distance road trips ranging from mini trips of 4 hours all the way up to our 27 hour drive (our longest straight shot) to Idaho from Ohio. By straight shot I mean we leave our house and don't stop until we get to our destination, besides fast food and gas, switching on and off while sleeping in the car. Even though it's often long drive time, we still prefer driving compared to flying because it's more affordable, we can pack whatever we want, and we have gotten pretty good at it. I used to not even be able to drive 3 hours straight without asking A.J. to switch off, I recently drove 9 hours straight without switching off! We usually start most our trips during the evening. This is because we will usually take say Friday Saturday and Sunday off for a mini trip, if we leave Friday morning for a 10 hour drive, we lose the entire day, however, work will only last until (at the latest) 10 PM on the Thursday before. If we leave at midnight after work that day (for a 10 hour drive), we will make it there on Friday, we will get to our destination by 10 AM on Friday and have the entire day to enjoy that area! With this travel plan, we would both get 5 hours of sleep, which is enough for both of us to still enjoy that whole Friday. This is actually how the majority of our trips go and it works very well for us. There are several pros and con's to driving through the night, though: