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Happy 300th NOLA.

New Orleans is back, and it's better than ever. Since Hurricane Katrina tore through in 2005, the city has been working hard at building itself back up. It's succeeded; and then some. It seems rather fitting that New Orleans is having a moment, considering that this year marks the city's 300th anniversary. NOLA has not only managed to maintain its reputation for the city of celebration, but it has become a hotspot for top-notch restaurants, gorgeous boutique hotels, and charming new upgrades to its streets and parks. If ever there were a time to visit, now would be it.

Did You Know?

New Orleans is known to be the place where voodoo was first introduced in the United States by Marie Laveau, a self-proclaimed oracle who performed exorcisms and voodoo rituals in the 1800s. This is one of the many reasons why New Orleans is consistently ranked as one of the most haunted cities in America. Venture on a ghost tour around the French Quarter and see for yourself, if you dare.


Beignet Fest

Yes, there’s a fest for that. Save your appetite for the 3rd Annual Beignet Fest, going down in October. The fête will feature more than 20 beignet dishes prepared by some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and food trucks. Sit back and listen to live music while indulging in a sweet powdered sugar concoction, or switch gears and go savory with a seafood-stuffed version. In fact, just try them all. Isn’t that why you’re there? 

The Spanish Plaza

It’s always been known as a place to chill and cool off with breezes coming off the Mississippi River, but this year the Spanish Plaza has gotten a major makeover. Expect a completely redone facade, with new paving, a fountain, trees, plants, lighting and seating to enhance the 3+ mile waterfront walking grounds.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The annual celebration of music and culture kicks off at the end of April and includes 12 stages of soul-stirring music—jazz, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean and folk, plus one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, second line parades, and so much more.

"NOLA has not only managed to maintain its reputation for the city of celebration, but it has become a hotspot for top-notch restaurants, gorgeous boutique hotels, and charming new upgrades to its streets and parks."




Southeast Asian meets Southern eats at this minimalist restaurant in the Warehouse District. A unique menu designed by acclaimed Chef Michael Gulotta draws inspiration from Vietnamese, Cajun, Creole and Sicilian cuisines—think curries, housemade charcuterie and noodles, and various fermented ingredients. Menu standouts include the 48-Hour Braised Beef Brisket with Purple Plum Mostarda and Hand-Pulled Noodles tossed with Blue Crab and Pork Sausage. Whatever you do, save room for dessert; the Maypop pie topped with five spice meringue and nestled inside a buttery gingersnap crust is non-negotiable.

Arnaud's French 75

Nothing screams classic French Quarter than a stop inside this former gentleman’s bar. The scene is reminiscent of an upscale French brasserie, with the staff dressed sharply in white tuxedos and couples nestled around miniature tables dotted with plush armchairs. The spot is known for their signature drink, the French 75, but you simply can’t go wrong with any of the cocktails. And the crowd is one-of-a-kind entertainment.


If French Quarter fare is what you’re after (and why wouldn’t you be, you’re in NOLA after all) then head to Herbsaint for a modern version of seasonal French-Southern cuisine with elements of rustic Italian cooking. Stay thematic with dirty rice and chicken, tasso, and andouille gumbo, or experiment on the Italian side with the homemade spaghetti. 


EXPLORE: @beignetfest

STAY: @Audubon Cottages, @Ace Hotel,

INDULGE: @Maypop, @Arnaud's, @Herbsaint

A lucky snorkeler watching a MASSIVE fever of Mobula Rays glide past him during a trip with @bajarawtours. The Mobula migration is in full effect right now in Baja. Every year from April to June, you can witness huge congregations of these animals along the shores of the peninsula. It`s truly an incredible thing to see.

Reel: @wandering.westerner

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Quang Phu Cau Incense Village is a traditional craft village located in Quang Phu Cau Commune, Ung Hoa District, Hanoi, Vietnam. The village has a long-standing history of producing high-quality incense sticks, and it is considered one of the oldest and most famous incense-making villages in the country.

Reel: @travelmina_

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An English fairytale in Canterbury. A wonderful spot for a picnic especially when the sun is shining.

Reel: @pocketwanderings

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As the only Hindu region of the predominantly Islamic Indonesian archipelago, Bali is an island rich with festivals and spiritual rituals – many of which visitors are welcome to respectfully participate in. After rinsing yourself under the holy spring water which cascades through a series of waterspouts, you will emerge feeling cleansed in body and soul.

Reel: @lksjohan_ljc

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Our team & @sassafranski just finished a whirlwind road trip throughout the state of Kentucky visiting some of the best museums and cultural destinations in the state. Below are some of our favorites stops that should be on your list next time you visit.

Stop 1: @bluegrasshall
Stop 2: @owensboromuseumoffineart

Stop 3: Paducah Floodwall Murals
Stop 4: Guided Tour of Metropolitan Hotel

Stop 5: @downing_museum
Stop 6: Bowling Green Murals

Stop 7: @flame_run_gallery
Stop 8: @frazierhistorymuseum
Stop 9: @oldlouisvilleky Walking Tour
Stop 10: @speedartmuseum

Visit @kytourism for your next trip to the Bluegrass state! #TravelKY #partner

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A hidden gem in Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a place where ancient history meets modern luxury. Reel: @hobopeeba ...

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Welcome to Season 4 of The Trip That Changed Me! Our first guest of the new season is @lauriewoolever, writer, editor, public speaker, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) in New York, and former assistant to @anthonybourdain, with whom she co-wrote several books.

In this episode, Laurie shares memories from Sri Lanka, where she joined Bourdain (or “Tony,” as she affectionately calls him) on a shoot for the TV show “Parts Unknown.” For Laurie, this trip was part business and part pleasure; an opportunity to explore the lush island nation with her friend and mentor while working on a story about Sri Lankan home cooking, but it was especially significant because she was newly sober. Navigating triggers and travel rituals that involved alcohol was challenging, but the experience shifted Laurie’s perspective. To her surprise, the world was bigger and better without the booze.

🎧 Link in bio to listen to an interview full of wonderful, personal anecdotes about Anthony Bourdain the traveler, plus loads of insider tips that food-obsessives will appreciate.

Cover Art: @nelsonknatalie

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This enormous staircase took 200 years to complete. With 691 steps, it has nine decorated levels with pyramids and statues called the Courtvard of the Kings. It crosses the hill to reach the Santuário Nossa Senhora dos Remédios.

Reel: @bokehm0n

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Morning swim @borgobastiacreti

Reel: @victorsfitz

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Surround yourself in a picturesque scenery of cherry blossoms, tulips, pansy, viola and more at the rainbow colored flower field at Hinoyama Koen Park.

Reel: @1min.traveller

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Town between the mountains 🌊

The settlement of Ponta do Sol was founded around 1425, shortly after the discovery of the island by Portuguese settlers coming from Minho, the Beiras and the Algarve.

Reel: @ilya.somewhere

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From the picturesque canals of Friesland to breathtaking Flevoland, and the stunning Weerribben-Wieden National Park, there`s so much to explore in The Netherlands.

Reel: @kuhrmarvin

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Known for its colorful houses built on steep cliffs overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, Positano is a small town located on the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. Some people might consider it overrated because of its popularity and high prices. However, others might argue that its beauty and charm are worth the cost and crowds. Tell us, what do you think about Positano as a summer destination?

Reel: @rflcpl

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