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Cold and windy and well worth it to share this space with so many beautiful women

Enjoying the view at Riverwalk waiting for the festivities to begin

Getting ready for an amazing Wanderfest day, setting up with some great women whose energy and excitement makes the cold so much easier to bear. Bundle up and come add your awesomeness to the collection!

Great new friends at another fun Wanderfest event

Love the energy in the room with all the Wanderfest women

A great place to explore

Fun little joint

I'm at Parasol's, a great local dive bar and restaurant, and had my first Ferdi Special, delicious!

Getting ready for "International Lovers: A WanderWomxn Burlesque Extravaganza" as part of WanderFest! Can't wait to meet everyone!

Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday Beads, family, coolersPut the kids to bed & party

Carnival Date: March 1, 2022 One of the most famous carnivals around the world has to be Mardi Gras. Carnival landed on American soil thanks to 17th century French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville, who arrived in present day Louisiana on March 3, 1699. When they realized that it was Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras, in French) back home, they dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras and held a party. The Mardi Gras tradition has since grown into a million-reveler celebration, which includes everything from street parades a lá Rio, to elegant society balls like the Venetians host. While Alabama actually lays claim to the oldest Mardi Gras celebration (d’Iberville and Bienville established their first settlement near modern day Mobile), the largest and most decadent is definitely held in New Orleans. Receiving more than 10 million visitors, this celebration isn’t just an awesome party – it’s a culture and tradition-lain festival where secret societies, beaded indian battlers, fire dancers, and flying beads fill the streets for weeks until the fall of Ash Wednesday when lent begins. If you love beads, battles, and some amazing music, you’ll need to head to New Orleans this pre-lent season.

Carnival 2022 Date: March 1, 2022 One of the most famous carnivals around the world has to be Mardi Gras. Carnival landed on American soil thanks to 17th century French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville, who arrived in present day Louisiana on March 3, 1699. When they realized that it was Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras, in French) back home, they dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras and held a party. The Mardi Gras tradition has since grown into a million-reveler celebration, which includes everything from street parades a lá Rio, to elegant society balls like the Venetians host. While Alabama actually lays claim to the oldest Mardi Gras celebration (d’Iberville and Bienville established their first settlement near modern day Mobile), the largest and most decadent is definitely held in New Orleans. Receiving more than 10 million visitors, this celebration isn’t just an awesome party – it’s a culture and tradition-lain festival where secret societies, beaded indian battlers, fire dancers, and flying beads fill the streets for weeks until the fall of Ash Wednesday when lent begins. If you love beads, battles, and some amazing music, you’ll need to head to New Orleans this pre-lent season.

Essence Festival 2022: TBD For over 25 years, Essence Festival has been taking New Orleans by storm each 4th of July weekend. In 1995, the first festival popped up in the Crescent City. Dubbed as the ‘party with a purpose,’ Essence has long been instrumental in bringing millions of dollars to the city’s economy and creating a conjure of Black culture through music, food, and travel.  When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2004, the Essence Fest team was on the ground providing aid and helping to rebuild the city. 2004 was the only year that the festival was held outside of Louisiana (it moved to Houston temporarily). Each year, festival goers are invited to celebrate Black culture with performances from artists like Janet Jackson and Beyonce. When concerts aren’t happening, the community gathers at the convention center for celebrity panels, demos, and giveaways from brands like Shea Moisture. At Essence Fest, there is absolutely no shortage of love, pride, or “Sis, you look good” compliments.

Essence Festival 2022: TBD Location: New Orleans, Louisiana For over 25 years, Essence Festival has been taking New Orleans by storm each 4th of July weekend. In 1995, the first festival popped up in the Crescent City. Dubbed as the ‘party with a purpose,’ Essence has long been instrumental in bringing millions of dollars to the city’s economy and creating a conjure of Black culture through music, food, and travel.  When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2004, the Essence Fest team was on the ground providing aid and helping to rebuild the city. 2004 was the only year that the festival was held outside of Louisiana (it moved to Houston temporarily). Each year, festival goers are invited to celebrate Black culture with performances from artists like Janet Jackson and Beyonce. When concerts aren’t happening, the community gathers at the convention center for celebrity panels, demos, and giveaways from brands like Shea Moisture. At Essence Fest, there is absolutely no shortage of love, pride, or “Sis, you look good” compliments.

New Orleans is famous for some of the best food in the country, old French architecture, and a lifestyle full of pizzaz, but the old roads of the city echo whispers of ghosts, witches, and scary happenings that linger to this day. Embrace the magical Halloween celebrations of New Orleans that transform the entire fall season into one of partying, tour old haunted buildings and hotels, and enjoy crispy beignets every morning at this gorgeous destination.

New Orleans is one of the most spectacular and vibrant cities across the USA, and the food matches perfectly. Taste freshly cooked beignets and indulge in southern comfort food, from creole cuisine to soul food, with a touch of traditional french cooking, New Orleans encompasses an eclectic mixture of culture that results in some of the most delectable and unique dishes across the world.

The next destination on my bucket list - I've never been to New Orleans so my husband gifted me beignet mix, chicory coffee, and a small voodoo doll keychain for Christmas as his way of telling me we were finally going this year.

Munch on freshly baked beignets and enjoy this unique cultural experience, New Orleans is fully equipped with beautiful and lively streets, friendly people, and some of the most delicious food the US has to offer. With a rich history and cultural heritage seeping from every picturesque balcony, this sparkling destination has to be on your summer bucket list if it isn't already.

Famous for its food, music, and parties- this place speaks to my younger self. New Orleans is a city I endeavor to explore with good friends on a generously loose budget. Why it's on my Bucket List: New Orleans has been on my list since before bucket lists were a thing. The appeal used to be about the hedonistic parties, but now it's more about the culture for me. That doesn't mean I'm going there to behave though.

It's always a party in NOLA. Don't miss the Creole cuisine and beignets.

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  • The 13 Best Restaurants to Visit in Walking Distance to Wanderfest

    I am lucky to live in the heart of New Orleans surrounded by nightlife, culture, and of course - food. This year, Wanderfest is welcoming thousands of female travelers to New Orleans to explore the city and meet up with like minded expats. I’m a major foodie, and have plenty of restaurant recommendations to share within walking distance of the festival hub. Check out some of my top picks ranging from quaint brunch spots to extravagant dinner experiences.
  • Wanderfest Bar Crawl

    Join us on March 12, 2022 from 8-11pm as we take you on a taste of the Big Easy. We’ll start our stepping near the French Quarter. The more places we hit, the more lit it’s gonna get. But you’ll be going at your own pace–so follow this list and look for the Seeker rep at each spot. For every bar you check-into on Seeker, you'll score a free lagniappe, or "a little extra" in Cajun-French. We've worked with some of Nola's best mixologists to create an experience you won't forget.
  • The 10 Best Free Things To Do in New Orleans

    New Orleans is a paramount historic city in the United States with rich culture and beauty in each neighborhood. Although the city offers plenty of exciting attractions, some of the completely free adventures I’ve taken have been my favorite. This city is proof that travel doesn’t always have to break the budget. Check out some of my favorite free things to do in the Big Easy from tours to live entertainment.
  • The 8 Best Rooftop Bars in New Orleans

    New Orleans has a sprawling city skyline with rich architecture ranging from the French baroque stylings of the Quarter to skyscrapers in the Central Business District. The best way to see it all: from a bird's eye view. There is no better way to get above the bustling city than to lounge at a rooftop bar all afternoon (most of which have pools open during the summer months). I’ve been to quite a few rooftop bars since moving here, and certainly have my favorites.
  • Art Museums and Galleries in New Orleans

    The aesthetic history and culture of New Orleans are like nowhere else in the world, multicultural and breathtaking- get ready for a visual feast. These gorgeous museums and galleries highlight work from the African diaspora, emerging artists, and priceless pieces in picturesque settings. From learning local history to strolling through gardens adorned with contemporary sculptures, this list is for the art lovers out there.
  • Historic Landmarks To Discover In New Orleans

    Opulent mansions, towering cathedrals, and sprawling cemeteries- the historical relics of New Orlean's rich history define the unique patchwork of the city. Explore eras past, from massive gardens full of unique herbs to party neighborhoods, tucked away in old French architecture. Any history buff already has New Orleans on their bucket list- and we just want to make sure you hit all of the must-see spots in the city. Speckled with diverse culture, and downright unmatched architecture, explore history with our list of landmarks in the city.
  • The Best Places in New Orleans For Photographers

    New Orleans has long been a dream destination for photographers, and as an aspiring photographer myself, I have found myself searching to uncover some of the most picturesque destinations- so, of course, I needed to share. Whether you are interested in photographing architecture, street photography, or gorgeous nature, New Orleans has some truly breathtaking locations that are camera-ready. So I recommend making space in your bag for your favorite cameras, let's take a look into New Orleans's best destinations for photographers.
  • Cool Things to Do With Kids in NOLA

    If you're thinking, what am I gonna do with the kids in a boozy town like New Orleans?! Well, the imbibing and eating and indulging can make a lot of travelers think the city is nothing but a big party town for adults. But peel back those distilled layers and you’ll find that there are some truly memorable things for kids to do. From fun rides at City Amusement Park, to the butterfly garden and kayaking across charming NOLA neighborhoods. Here's your pick of the litter!
  • Best Spots to Eat (and drink) in New Orleans

  • The Ultimate Bourbon Street Bucket List

    I know, I know, Bourbon Street is touristy. That being said, I live two blocks away from this iconic New Orleans stretch featured on everything from the show “Bar Rescue” to the film “Girl’s Trip”. Love it or hate it, if you’re visiting the city you must spend a night on Bourbon to see what all the talk is about. I’ve now been to every single establishment lining the strip (no exaggeration) and can share some of the most quintessential things to do at this 14-block-long frat party. This Bucket List is also in order starting from the Canal Street corner.
  • The 14 Best Brunch Spots in New Orleans

    New Orleans has some of the best culinary experiences in the United States, so as expected they have phenomenal brunch options across the city. Whenever I have friends or family visiting I always take them to one of my favorite spots to enjoy a decadent, long breakfast that can last hours if done just right. From jazz buffets to bottomless vodka New Orleans does brunch exceptionally well.
  • The 10 Best Concerts, Shows, and Venues in New Orleans

    It’s impossible to be bored in New Orleans. There’s always something to do, and if you don’t have set plans you can just walk outside and find something. Live music is everywhere from bars lining Bourbon to quiet streets by the riverbend. You don’t need concert or event tickets to have a good time, but if you're looking for a show New Orleans has plenty of established performances to check out ranging from seasoned jazz bands to burlesque drag queens.
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  • 6 Distilleries in New Orleans You Shouldn’t Miss

    You gotta love New Orleans for the buzzing nightlife. But head to any of these distilleries to get that buzz going throughout the day. The town has a solid drinking culture, celebrating life and history at the bar and in the street. Head for any of these tours and you’ll be amazed both at the stories behind the craft, and at the spirit themselves. Rum, gin, vodka, whiskey and moonshine are all on the menu here. A great opportunity to get some souvenirs to take home.
  • The 12 Best City Tours in New Orleans

    Whenever I check out a new city I like to orient myself with the local landmarks and culture by embarking on a city tour. Moving to New Orleans presented me with the conflicting identity of not necessarily being a tourist, yet not exactly being a local either. I believe that it’s important to be a tourist in your own city - to get to know it inside out and understand why it’s so beloved. Unsure how to do this? The best way to start is to take a tour. In my years living in New Orleans, I’ve had the privilege of taking quite a few; here are my favorites.
  • Best Museums to visit in New Orleans

    In a city full of culture and history New Orleans is proud to keep their heritage alive and their museums cover everything from WW2 to Voodoo. Whether you are here for a day or a week, I promise you won't regret setting aside some time to explore these time capsules and diving into the rich past of one of the South's favorite cities.
  • Best Bars in New Orleans

    To find the best bars in New Orleans, it's time to get off of Bourbon Street. Sure, a night on Bourbon St. has its place, but if you want to drink like a local, you need to step out (or stumble out) of the French Quarter. In this list, you'll find New Orleans bars that celebrate its long-standing cocktail tradition, international influences, and hidden neighborhood hangouts. The best bars in New Orleans host some of the quirkiest humans you'll find.. well, really anywhere. This list is a great fit for your 1st or 50th trip to the Big Easy.
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  • The Best Neighbourhoods in New Orleans

    Mouth-watering Cajun food? A live Blues band at every turn? A marriage procession right in the middle of the street? Whether you call it New Orleans, NOLA, the Crescent City or the Big Easy, this enchanting city really has it all. There is nowhere on this planet quite like it. You could easily not know where to start, so let me help you! Here are some of the best neighbourhoods in the most exciting city in the South.
  • Best of Nightlife in New Orleans

    New Orleans nightlife has a true "do what you wanna" feel. There are literally countless ways to spend the nights in New Orleans. Simply wander around the streets with a walking beverage or hit the dance floor and dance until dawn. There is no wrong way to take part. For me, when it comes to nightlife, I like to do a little of everything and it depends entirely on the night and my mood. But if I had to choose, here are my personal favorite spots to spend my nights in Nola
  • Best Beignets in New Orleans

    New Orleans is one of the hottest spots for tourists, musicians and street performers in the south. It's known for its lively atmosphere, exquisite food and southern charm. I would suggest more than a day trip to see all the great things that Nola has to offer, but I have to insist that you start off—and possibly end— the trip with an authentic Big Easy Beignet. This local Cajun promises you won't regret it!
  • 2022 Dream Trip to New Orleans

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  • New Orleans Highlights

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  • 10 Places to Eat Authentic in New Orleans

    A world away from California, New York, Florida and other tourist hotspots, you’ll find a place that flies under the radar. A true melting pot of so many different cultural influences, New Orleans is brimming with heart and soul...and so many tasty delights! Whether you're coming for a bit of revelry, to explore the iconic food and drinks, or you're looking to dig into the culture of the Crescent City, this New Orleans authentic food guide is the perfect way to get a taste for what NOLA has to offer.
  • Best Photo Spots in New Orleans

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  • The 11 Best Breweries in New Orleans

    Abita started it all - at least that’s what I’ve been told about the ever growing brewery scene in Southeastern Louisiana. The iconic brewery that can now be found in liquor stores all over the United States got its start in the marshy landscape approximately 30 miles north of New Orleans. Today, there are nearly 20 breweries in the city, with more popping up each year in old warehouses down on Tchoupitoulas and in Mid City. The brewery scene was not something that registered with me when I first moved here, but with my love of beer (especially a hazy IPA) in hand, I’m on a mission to try them all.
  • The 10 Best Parks in New Orleans

    New Orleans is known for its cuisine, rich culture, unique architecture, and nightlife. But did you know that they have one of the largest city parks in the country? NOLA is home to thousands of acres of parks waiting to be explored. Some are compact oases as small as a city block, while others are lush botanical escapes on the banks of the river with babbling streams and ancient oak trees. Check out some of my favorites for when I need a break from city life.
  • New Orleans' Most Famous Foods and Where to Try Them

    New Oreans is a city brimming with exciting nightlife, arts, culture, and of course - food. No trip would be complete without sampling a bite of Jambalaya or some classic gumbo. The Big Easy is a gastronomic paradise featuring cuisines from all over the world. Some dishes have served the test of time and still appear on restaurant menus and in family kitchens from the banks of the Mississippi to Lake Pontchartrain. I’ve lived in New Orleans for two years now and with the help of local friends curated a list of some of the best restaurants to try the city’s most iconic dishes.
  • 9 Must-Do’s Down in New Orleans

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  • The 15 Best Places for King Cake in & Around New Orleans

    I love everything about Carnival season in New Orleans - the parades, decor, and overall joviality of the city always manages to brighten the winter down here. Best of all, it’s King Cake season! Although you technically can find King Cake at all times in New Orleans, the period between the Catholic Holidays of Epiphany and Ash Wednesday is when it’s socially acceptable to eat this decadent brioche. A traditional King Cake is a ring shaped dough formed to mimic the shape of a crown in honor of the Three Kings of Epiphany. The cake is then adorned in glaze and purple, green, and gold sugar. A plastic baby figurine is also embedded into the cake, and if you end up getting the slice with it you must buy the next King Cake. Each year, my friends and I go on a mission to find the best King Cakes in the city - here are some of my favorites.
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  • 15 Best Places to Celebrate Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

    One of the most magical fall festivals in the world is Día de los Muertos: a traditional Mexican holiday where families honor death and celebrate life. Held on November 2, it’s believed that deceased relatives reunite with their families on Day of the Dead. The night is filled with music, processions, and candlelit ofrendas (altars) […]

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  • 50 of the Most Romantic Places in the US by State

    Love is in the air, around the corner, and all over the map. Whether you prefer long walks on the beach at sunset, wining and dining until the wee hours of the morning, or soaring to new heights – literally, we have 50 shades of ways to spark love, rekindle romance, and induce wanderlust. Let’s […]

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  • The Best Cities in the US For Architecture Lovers

    One of the most unquestionably enticing elements of travel is feasting your eyes on the buildings that populate your favorite cityscapes. Beyond New York City’s soaring skyline, San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge, and Savannah’s iconic oak trees lie city streets lined with skyscrapers, mansions, monuments, and more.  Architectural enthusiasts enamored with rich histories, intricate […]

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  • The Blonde Abroad’s Guide to a Weekend in New Orleans

    Welcome to the weird, wonderful, and truly one-of-a-kind streets of the Big Easy. Even if you’ve been all over the United States, you’ve never been anywhere quite like New Orleans. Often lost in the so-called flyover country, Louisiana is an undiscovered gem for countless travelers. A world away from California, New York, Florida and other […]

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  • The Best Festivals For Black Travelers 2022

    Community and Blackness go hand-in-hand. Simply put, it’s not easy living in a world where your culture is constantly appropriated and commodified without credit. As a response, we’ve collectively begun carving out spaces of boldness and Blackness designed by us, for us. While joining Black travel groups and following inspiring Black travel bloggers bring us together, […]

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  • 10 Best Carnival Celebrations Around the World 2022

    Thinking of heading to a Carnival in 2022, but not sure which one to choose? Here’s a run down of the most popular and interesting carnivals around the world, as well as how to know which carnival is perfect of each type of traveler. Carnival Festivals in Brazil Carnival Dates: February 25, 2022 to March […]

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