After years of saying “I’ve gotta visit someday,” I finally jumped on a plane and did the one and a half hour flight from Tampa to New Orleans. I’m a bit too old for Mardi Gras so I didn’t want to go during their wildest season. I wanted the intro level experience and a quick two day trip gave me everything I hoped for and then some.

Spring Travel from Tampa

If you can break free for a couple days, this is a really cheap time of year to book a flight from Tampa to some fun spots around the country. Summer travel season is when airfares and hotel rates skyrocket. So if you can get away for a few days during the spring, you’ll save a bundle. We got roundtrip tickets to New Orleans for under $100 roundtrip, nonstop from Tampa International Airport! I think the price was around $88 to be exact.

How To Get the Best Rates

To get the best bargain flights, I generally use Google Travel. You can drop the dates in you want to travel and instead of picking a destination, look at fares across the country on those dates at a glance. Being flexible is key. We booked this flight about 30 days in advance. The flight left TPA Saturday morning and returned late Sunday afternoon. A quick visit for sure, but we really just wanted to get that first taste of New Orleans and honestly 2 days and 1 night was enough to get a lot in.

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