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Living in New Orleans, Louisiana:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit New Orleans, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked nine people living in New Orleans what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Considering the city of New Orleans has such a distinct culture, when spending your vacation in New Orleans you should be opening to trying out foods. We take a enormous amount of pride in our cooking abilities. Many of the restaurants here serve home cooked food and when visiting you must visit at least one of them.

Danielle, says: 2020

Many people see New Orleans as a dream city, and it is. But living here and visiting are two different things. While we have world-class restaurants, festivals attended by folks from around the world, and beautiful parks and museums, we also have high rates of poverty, subpar infrastructure and entrenched government dysfunction.

Maxine, says: 2020

New Orleans is a unique place that is not for everyone. Specifically, families will struggle with finding ample opportunities for child-friendly activities. However, adults will enjoy the robust dining experiences available within the city. That is not to say that there are no child-friendly choices, however inexpensive options are few and far between. Whereas most cities have free splash pads, extensive playgrounds, and other free activities, New Orleans offers mostly paid activities and run-down playgrounds. If you are a family with young children, consider strongly if this is the place for you.

Amanda, says: 2020

New Orleans is one of the most fun tourist cities in the United States. The city is known for it great Creole food, festivals, and parades causing millions of tourist a year to visit particularly during Mardi Gras season.

Thomas, says: 2020

Traffic in New Orleans is typically not too bad compared to larger cities, where you could spend three or four hours commuting to work. However, while it is possible to travel from the Algiers neighborhood on the Westbank all the way Metairie in about 20 minutes in the middle of the day, during rush hour it can easily take twice that just crossing the bridge. For that reason, it is important to pick your neighborhood thoughtfully when moving to New Orleans. There is only one main bridge that you will take, so even though your favorite donut shop is technically five miles away, you can easily lose 45 minutes just driving one way if you don’t plan your route well and account for the bridge traffic.

Sydney, says: 2020

New Orleans may attract tourists from all over the globe during the Mardi Gras season, but the city can be a very different place during the rest of the year. It’s a melting pot for different people, cultures, and traditions, which can complicate the political scene and occasionally increase tension between city officials, local law enforcement, and the general population. That being said, if you can ignore the downsides, it will likely be one of the most fascinating and intriguing places you will ever live.

Priscilla, says: 2020

New Orleans is a lively city where residents enjoy live music, great food, and festivals year-round. While it’s easy to find a quiet spot throughout town, it’s important to know at any moment you find yourself watching a parade or “second line” pass you by! If you’re wary of crowds, this may not be the most comfortable place for you.

I think the first hurdle one must face when moving to New Orleans is the persistent heat and humidity that lingers for more than half of the year. Many people are taken aback by the oppressive temperatures when they visit the city in summer and spring, so those who are intolerant to this sort of tropical heat should consider visiting in more temperate times of the year. Fortunately, every season has a variety of events and activities for visitors: festivals, shopping, live music, an active nightlife, and a myriad of restaurants to choose from will satisfy even the most high maintenance tourists.

Sydney, says: 2020

Someone moving to my beloved city of New Orleans should know the many attractions that comes along with it. New Orleans is home to some of the most credible and delicious foods that the world has to offer. Gumbo, crawfish, and beignets are just a few of the delicacies that the city has to offer. These foods paired with the multitude of festivities such as Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest makes New Orleans one of the most unique cities in the world.

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