The weather outside is frightful, and a springtime trip sounds delightful — until you start considering cost. Fortunately, there are many ways to cheaply visit a city. We’ve rounded up five destinations, giving examples to show how far $1,000 can get you this spring. Estimates for airfare were compiled by averaging flight costs from New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago. Hotel prices are quoted from popular websites and are for five nights. Further savings can be found on websites such an Airbnb.com.
1. New Orleans
Falling perhaps a little too early to be considered a “spring break,” New Orleans and Mardi Gras are popular destinations every year. This year, Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, March 4. Parades and events start as early as February, but things really ramp up in early March. On Travelocity, the average flight to New Orleans arriving Monday, March 3 and returning Saturday, March 8 is approximately $287. The cheapest was from Atlanta at $227, and the most expensive left from LAX, $398.
One room, shared by two people averages $165 per night, according to Travelocity, but better deals are also available. Right now, it is possible to stay at The Blake Hotel New Orleans for $99 per night, which would be $565 for five nights after taxes, or $282.50 per person.
With just under $600 spent on travel and lodging, that leaves $400 to be spent in New Orleans however you want. If you end up spending more than you care to admit on partying, New Orleans has a host of free attractions. You can browse the French Market, visit historic city parks, try on Mardi Gras masks in the French Quarter, or visit the St. Louis Cathedral.