In July, I had the chance to go to New Orleans for the Essence Festival. I had the most amazing experience ever. It was also the first time I lost my airplane virginity since it was my first time taking a flight by myself.
The first time I was on a flight was 18 years ago. I went to Florida to go to Disney World and went on a cruise to the Bahamas. However, when I was on the cruise I ended up getting an ear infection from playing in the pool when it was a bit cold out. This made my trip back home excruciating painful on my ears. So this time I took extra precaution by using some techniques I googled to make sure it would not happen again. I wasn't too successful the first time but the trip going was a breeze.
Traveling to New Orleans was a great experience. I met some cool people along the way, like the woman I met at the bar who also attended the Essence Festival. I forgot her name but she was traveling from Oakland, California.
During the Essence Festival experience, we saw many celebrities and performances from Missy Elliott, SWV, Xscape, Jussie Smollett, Ella Mai, Erykah Badu, Miguel, Regina Hall, Amandhla Stenberg, The Cast of Power, Brandy, 702, Russell Hornsby, and many more.
We couldn't forget the great cuisine. It was amazing experiencing bourbon street, walking and drinking a hurricane in public.
Going to New Orleans open my eyes. I remember watching a YouTube video of someone gave advice to splurge money on trips and experiences because you will have those memories for a lifetime. The advice was spot on. Most of my money have went towards food and consumer items. But after this experience I would make sure I would splurge on more trips and get some use out of my passport.
All photos were shot on my Galaxy S8 using VSCO.
*SIDENOTE* I wanted to bring my film camera (Nikon N2000) however it was damaged from old leakage from the batteries and would need to money (which I couldn't afford) to repair.