New Orleans, Louisiana
Off-season travel tip: Go to an iconic destination off-season to sidestep exorbitant prices and crowds. Also, avoid booking around holidays and major events.
Where to use this advice: New Orleans is one of the most well-known entertainment hubs in the States. So well-known that 1.2 million people crowded the streets last year for the illustrious Mardi Gras celebration. But if you think breast baring, bead battling, and booze binging are the only activities the Big Easy has to offer, think again. Jet set in October to take part in the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival (October 17-18), the New Orleans Film Festival (October 16-23), and Deutsches Haus Oktoberest (October 17-18 & 24-25) for authentic German music, food, and you guessed it, German beer. Sit back and let the good times roll with a Munich Lager Warsteiner and a Bratwurst.
Special deals: October to January is New Orleans’ shoulder season, providing visitors with comparatively lower prices on accommodations and airfare. Use travel search engines to search for the best deals and book midweek—that’s when flights are cheapest.
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