Neil in Louisiana

Let us introduce you to Neil - our Louisiana rep

Neil’s love and adventures within the travel industry started on his return from travelling to Australia, Fiji and the USA some 20-years and several hundred thousand flown miles ago. During his time working in the Travel and Tourism industry Neil has worked at a Luxury 5* Country House Hotel and Virgin Holidays before going on to join Travel and Tourism Marketing to represent Louisiana.

Neil's first visit to the Deep South was on that travelling trip to the USA many years ago, and he fell in love with the region back then. The universe was working in full force 20+ years later when the opportunity to become part of the fantastic Deep South USA team as the Louisiana Expert presented itself and it was a no brainer for Neil to take up the opportunity.

What's your hidden gem in Louisiana?

My hidden gem would be The Northshore, it's just 45 minutes across the Lake Pontchartrain bridge from New Orleans but offers a very different side to Louisiana with nature reserves, The Tammany Trace cycle way, paddle boarding, canoeing or fishing. Perfect to relax after some time in New Orleans or as you start a fly drive holiday through the state.

What do you recommend as a unique hotel in Louisiana?

Hotel Peter & Paul in New Orleans – it was formerly a catholic church in the trendy Marigny neighbourhood of New Orleans. Or you could take a step back in time and stay at one of the historic homes along the Great River Road region – there's Houmas House, Oak Alley & Destrehan, or the beautiful Myrtles Plantation in St Francisville, believed to be one of the most haunted homes in America – go on be brave and pay Chloe a visit!

Neil - plantation home

What's a fun activity you recommend to do in Louisiana?

I'd say immerse yourself in nature - from the Creole Nature Trail in Lake Charles, the Bayous of Lafayette on a swamp boat or air boat tour. Or for something different visit the ‘wildlife’ of Tigers fans descending on the LSU Campus in Baton Rouge for tailgate parties before a college football game....great fun!

What's your top travel tip?

Be open minded and ready to talk to strangers, the food may look different, and the accents will certainly sound different, but the warmth of the delicious food is second only to the warmth and welcoming nature of Louisianans – when they meet you they will want to share advice on where to eat, what to drink and how to enjoy the sounds of Louisiana...and everyone will have a different suggestion.

Neil - New Orleans

What's your top packing tip?

Comfortable footwear as you will walk A LOT! Also loose clothes as we eat well, plus it gets warm so make sure you are comfortable.

Give us a 'Did You Know' fact?

Did you know the Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition of the territory of Louisiana by the United States from the French First Republic in 1803, nearly doubling the nominal size of the country. This consisted of most of the land in the Mississippi River's drainage basin west of the river in return for fifteen million dollars, or approximately eighteen dollars per square mile!

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