How to Make a Successful Travel Trip within Your Budget

Managing your expenses involves a lot of planning. This implies to all your expenditures and especially when you are away from home. The key factor behind successful travel trip is advance planning. Only an organised trip can avoid unnecessary mess and uninvited troubles at the last minute.

Here are few tips that make your travel trip successful within your set financial barrier:

  • Set a practical budget: Plan a budget that is practical enough to cater your needs. You must not have an estimation that is neither too low nor too high; make your budget a bit flexile so that you can accommodate added expenses which generally occur in spite of proper planning. . For simplicity you can divide your financial plan into four categories that is tickets for travel, food you eat, accommodation and entertainment. You cannot cut down on any of these during your trip.
  • Book your tickets: After you have decided with the date of travel, check out all the available flights to your destination. You can cut down on these charges if you adjust to travel at odd times or during off season. In either case you can reduce the cost on tickets.
  • List places you want to visit: Make a list of all the places you wish to visit. Research on them and find out the admission fees and other costs associated with those places. Also enquire about the place, its surroundings, features and packages if any.
  • Accommodation: Find out the resorts or hotels available and check out the cost. Do not take hasty decision, research more than three or four and choose the one apt for you. By doing so you can save quite a good amount of money.
  • Transport: Talk to two or more travel agents, who can rent a vehicle for you. Again bargain and choose the appropriate one which can help you save certain cash.
  • Shopping of gifts: Gifts for family and friends is mandatory on any travel trip. Always keep some amount ready for it. So that you do not fall short of money there.

These steps will give you the exact idea of your expenses. Now if you fall short of money and if you are unable to manage for finances then the best thing to do is to apply for a payday loan. Payday loans are short-term unsecured loans. You will not have any problem following its procedure as it is simple and easily accessible. You can apply for a payday loan even in the last week as it has instant approvals, but cash will be deposited in your account within 24 hours of approval. Therefore, by managing your finances and with proper planning you can have a successful travel trip without exceeding your budget.

Author Bio: My name is Michelle. I am a tech writer from UK. I am into Finance. Catch me @financeport

The cutest Voodoo dolls in the French Quarter

Welcome to the Jamie Hayes Gallery  this is one place you must visit if you are in New Orleans. I recently found this gallery/shop with walking through the French Quarter and fell in love!

I absolutely LOVE this shop! The dolls are so cute & the shop is bright and colorful.

The art is amazing!

Pick up a key chain doll to always have with you!

One of my favorites the Alligator!

A French Quarter art gallery featuring a unique selection of Jamie Hayes’ New Orleans style Art Prints, Children’s Books, Dolls, and Fine Art. Jamie Hayes Gallery offers a unique selection of Jamie’s New Orleans style Art Prints, Children’s Books, Whimsical Dolls, and Fine Art. Jamie’s popular themes include his Kitties, Pucker Fish, Music, Guitars, Blimps, Sun & Moon, Cajun Chefs and New Orleans style themes. Also notable are Jamie’s wildly successful doll collections: Big Lip “The Better to Kiss You With” and Voodoo Child Dolls “The Better to Stick You With.”

Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar

So I had to let you guys in on my absolute favorite place to eat. 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans is a hidden gem that packs the locals in. The food is outstanding, the beer is cold, and the atmosphere is casual. This is the kind of authentic Cajun joint locals know by heart, and visitors dream of finding. Known to locals simply as Harbor. Sharing the same roof and owner right next door, you will find Fisherman’s Cove where you can get the freshest seafood available.

Here are some of my favorites that their menu has to offer.

Fried Pickles – I have never eaten here without an order of these!

Blackened Alligator & Stuffed Mushrooms – Their blackened alligator is my absolute favorite!

Shrimp Po Boy – My husband’s favorite

Stuffed Eggplant Pirogue – This delicious fried eggplant half is stuffed with crabmeat dressing and topped with crawfish cream sauce. My Mom and I have shared this many times and it is always as delicious as the last.

Appetizer Tray – My Dad’s favorite and do not let the name fool you it has a bit of everything. Onion rings, fried crab claws (one of my guilty pleasures) stuffed mushrooms (click here to view my recipe) shrimp cocktail, fried calamari, and of so delicious fried crawfish tails.

If you are ever in town and want to eat like the locals make sure you head to Harbor.

New Orleans Streetcar

What better way to see & enjoy New Orleans than riding the famous Streetcar

The St. Charles Line

Climb on board for a trip into New Orleans’ past on the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world! The streetcar truly symbolizes the charm and romance of the City.

The Canal Street Line

The Canal Streetcar takes thousands of locals and tourists to work and play each day as it travels the five-and-a-half mile route from the French Market, along Canal Street through the Central Business District of New Orleans and into the Mid-City area. The line ends at City Park Avenue and the historic city cemeteries.

Fun Fact: Streetcars in New Orleans have been an integral part of the city’s public transportation network since the first half of the 19th century. The longest of New Orleans’ streetcar lines, the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, is the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world.

Enjoy the city!

Red Chile Gravy Shrimp Enchiladas

I know this is not entirely Cajun, but I picked up a New Mexico red chile ristra while we were on our trip in Taos, NM. I have been dying to make homemade New Mexico Red Chili gravy ever since. It can be used for any dish that calls for red chili such as enchiladas. The sauce was absolutely amazing, I made Shrimp & pepper jack enchiladas and they were a huge hit!

For the Shrimp Enchiladas

Dip corn tortillas in the red sauce, layer with shrimp, onion, and cheese. Roll up and place seam side down into a baking dish covered with a thin layer of sauce. Top with a little more sauce  and cheese. Bake at 375 degrees until cheese is bubbly and enchiladas are heated through. I served the enchiladas with an avocado salad.

Directions for the Sauce

Select a dozen red chilies off the ristra from the top and washed in warm water. Soak in warm water for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the stems and any loose seeds. Place the cleaned pods in a saucepan; add 2 cups of water and a teaspoon of olive oil. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 15 minutes.

The Chile flesh will become plump, red, and softened. If not fully rehydrated, remove from the heat, cover the pan, and let it steam for a few minutes until the chiles are soft.

Taste the Chile water…if it is bitter; pour it out and replace it with 2 cups of fresh water. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend to a smooth puree.

Strain the puree through a sieve or colander to remove the chopped bits of skin and any remaining seeds.

To season I used a 1/2 teaspoon of the following

Salt

Onion Powder

Granulated Garlic

Cumin

Oregano

I also added a pinch of smoked paprika and a pinch of splenda.

The puree can be frozen for later use, or used right away to make enchilada sauce, Chile con carne, and many other recipes.