I’ve never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Have you? Some acquaintances on Facebook just got back from their annual family trip, and I was immediately intrigued by their photos and family video. It just looks amazing. The father of the family is a professional photographer, so I commented that I would love to go on a trip if he ever organized a Mardi Gras photo workshop.
And then it occurred to me–why do I have to wait for someone else to organize a trip like that? Why can’t I do it my self? Well, sure I have no idea about the particulars of traveling to New Orleans, but that can easily be rectified with a little bit of research. And if I were to organize a trip, I certainly would not charge for my role. I would be learning just as much as anyone else.
So why not? Here’s what I want to do. I’d love to have a group of 4-6 photography-minded folks go on a road tip to NOLA in 2016. I want to limit it to 4-6 people to keep the organization manageable, and to fit in one vehicle. I also want it to be full-on photo nerdery the whole way. Sure we’ll have fun and experience Mardi Gras, but the whole point of our chosen itinerary will be for amazing images.
I’ve roughed out some possible expenses. One option would be to stay somewhere just outside of the city so as to save on the hotel room. That increases our daily commute time, and parking, so as the research progresses, I’m willing to stay somewhere more central to the action so that we don’t actually have to drive once we arrive.
If we drive from Columbus Ohio on Saturday morning (Feb 6,2016), we’ll arrive NOLA Saturday night (13+ hour drive). We’ll spend all day Sunday-Tuesday in the heart of it, then drive home Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016.
For a group of 6, and $4/gallon gasoline, and expensive parking, I think we could do transportation for ~$150 each. That includes a rental car so that no personal vehicle has to take on the 1700 miles of wear and tear. Of course if gas is less, and parking isn’t as bad as I’m guessing, it could be a lot less.
I’m not willing to completely skimp on lodging. It needs to be clean, quiet and safe. There are chain hotels that can be had for $160 per night for a two-queen room. If we assume two people per room, that $80 per night or $320 for the trip each.
So that puts us at less than $500 for 4 nights in NOLA, not including food and drink.
Interested? Let me know and I’ll reserve your spot. We’ll work out the details as a group over the next year.