4 Reasons You'll Want to Move To Lafayette, LA

4 Reasons You'll Want to Move To Lafayette, LA

You won't want to return to the normal hustle and bustle of your life!

I've lived in my fair share of cities in Louisiana. Enough to know what I'm talking about when I say that Lafayette is the best city to live in in the state of Louisiana. I just moved to this beautiful suburb, so I am learning new things about it every day. Here are a few reasons you will absolutely want to move here.

1. The Crime Rates are Low

Lafayette is the fourth largest and 7th safest city in Louisiana to live. Not only that, but the people are nicer. Everyone at their job has (so far) seemed as though they actually want to be there. I am so excited to begin the workforce with such positive people surrounding me, in a safer environment.

2. Upscale Buildings

River Ranch is the happening area in Lafayette. There are shops, organic grocery markets, restaurants, apartments, all with supreme architecture. The surrounding homes look like something straight from Beverly Hills. The buildings have a combination of a modern style while successfully keeping a classic look.

3. You Never Get On The Interstate

Literally, everything you could want is down one of three main highways. There is a full mall, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Hobby Lobby, Target, Whole Foods all within about 10 minutes from each other. The best part is, NO INTERSTATE! No more merging into traffic, sitting in it for 30-45 minutes, just to get to the mall. Convenience is bliss!

4. You'll Never Eat The Same Restaurant Twice

I'm telling you... There are so many restaurants that you and your family, date, or friends will never get bored. And again, the travel time to get to all of these places is a MAXIMUM of 20 minutes! There are locally owned restaurants and the usual chain places, plus all of the fast food you could want. (But with all of these options, who would want fast food? To each his own!) Delicious Louisiana food is just waiting on your arrival!

I could go on and on about why Lafayette is the greatest city in Louisiana. But why not come and see for yourself? Come for a weekend trip, or even for a day. Once you come, I promise you won't want to return to the hustle and bustle of your normal life!

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12 Necessary Components For A Memorable Road Trip

How to treasure “being on the road, again”

Staying in one place doesn’t suit me. I love being able to travel to new places for new sights, sounds, and smells. Road trips are a perfectly cost-effective way to get away from home without having to leave the country and still experience something new. I recently took a very memorable road trip to Yosemite.

Between that and my semi-frequent road trips from the Bay Area to LA, you could say I’m an expert at planning and executing phenomenal road trips. In my experience, the following 12 things are what will make or break any road trip you take.

1. A meticulously crafted itinerary

Which you can disregard whenever necessary, but having one to start out with is always a good idea.

2. A bangin’ playlist

Specifically, one that is catered towards your final destination. A bangin’ playlist should take into account the weather, the time of year, the merriment of the occasion, etc.

3. Comfy pants

You might not need the elastic waistband because you’ll be eating three dinners, but no good ever comes from wearing tight pants that pinch on a 10-hour road trip.

4. More snacks than you think you’ll need


5. The “Trash” bag

You might not always start out with one, but you definitely always end up with one.

6. Water

Maybe not the most thrilling addition to the road trip, however having plenty of water is handy not only for staying hydrated but for increasing the number of pitstops you might make for bathroom breaks. This could lead to some pretty interesting unexpected side stories you’ll be telling to all your friends and family when you come home.

7. Mind numbing boredom

This usually sets in around the third or fourth hour on the road.

8. A pit stop for ice-cream

This helps to alleviate the aforementioned “mind-numbing boredom” and is a welcome addition to a road trip at any time of day. (Plus, this baby totally gets me.)

9. License plate games

Or riddles, or guessing games, or twenty questions. Basically, these save your life if you ever get carsick and can’t read or don't want to waste data scrolling through Instagram.

10. Walking shoes

The best part of any road trip is the time you spend off the road.

11. A camera

To document all of the good fun. Photos help so that you won’t forget any of the little details (This speaks more to it being remembered.)

12. Good company

If you had bad company, you wouldn’t want it to be memorable in the first place.

And finally, I will leave you with a nugget of wisdom, a Public Service Announcement so to speak: clean your car immediately BEFORE AND AFTER you go. You can thank me later.

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A Play-By-Play Of Your Vacation Routine, On Island Time

Island time is the best time zone to be in.

As much as you try to not be on a schedule on vacation, you eventually develop a daily vacation routine. You could claim you just sit back and relax all day, but where is the fun in that?

Your daily vacation routine may not be as hectic as your usual routine, but you cannot ignore the fact that it is still a "routine." Obviously... being on "island time" is the best time zone to be in.

8:00 a.m.

Resort wear is minimalistic. First thing in the morning, all you have to do is simply put on a bathing suit and throw a cute cover-up over it. If you feel you even need shoes, just wear flip flops! The best part of the morning vacation routine is: NO MAKEUP or HAIRDOS necessary! However, sunscreen application is vital at this point in the day.

8:30 a.m.

BREAKFAST TIME! Hopefully, your resort has a buffet because everyone knows that breakfast buffets are the best type of buffets. If you are in South America or the Caribbean, DO NOT HESITATE to have beans and rice for breakfast. Your taste buds will never experience tastier beans.

Also, take advantage of the fresh island fruits. Do not be scared to try a new fruit you have never seen or heard of before. Although you may enjoy the passion fruit iced tea at Starbucks, have you ever tried a real passion fruit?

9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

PRIME SUN TIME! The best part of the day to lay out and work on your tan before the sun gets too hot. To handle the heat, take an occasional dip in the ocean. Salt water is the best thing for your skin so soak it up as much as you can. Around 11:00 is the appropriate time to order an island drink. Mojito? Pina colada? Miami vice? Strawberry daiquiri? The decision is yours...

12:15 p.m.

Head over to the lunch buffet or restaurant. If you see something on the buffet or on the menu that you have never tried before, now is your chance to indulge. Fried squid on the menu? Might as well give that a try. This is the perfect time to edit your vacation Instagram pictures and think of a good caption.

1:00 p.m.

The sun is getting stronger at this point, so after lunch is a good time for a "shade break." The most relaxing way to do this is by taking a nap on the beds by the pool. Jump in the pool to rinse off the sand and salt water that accumulated on your skin earlier when you were at the beach.

Moral of the story: nap time/shade time is essential. If you're lucky, maybe your resort will be having a foam party during this time! If you can't nap, this is your opportunity to swim over to the swim up bar and try a different drink.

2:30 p.m.

At this point, you may have had enough of the beach and pool, so try an excursion or activity. If you want to stay near the resort, rent jet skis, go parasailing or go on a banana boat ride. The possibilities are endless, and the island workers are always willing to bargain and argue over the price! If you are feeling more adventurous, go snorkeling on a catamaran, rent ATVs and ride them through the desert or take a walk through the rainforest.

5:30 p.m.

After a long day, hot tub time is THE best time. Sit back in the hot tub and let the jets do the rest of the work. Turn on your speaker and scroll to your favorite song. This is a good time to reflect on the day's adventures and look forward to what the night will bring.

6:00 p.m.

Is it just me or is getting ready for dinner on vacation so fun? Showering feels good after a long day of salt water and sand. Hair and makeup preparation is minimal. At this point in the day, ALOE IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND! If you are sunburnt (like me), aloe feels like liquid heaven.

7:00 p.m.

Ah, once you are all ready and head downstairs, you are pleasantly surprised with the plates of appetizers awaiting you. Conveniently, you look to the left and there is an open bar. That means prosecco/champagne time. Cheers! This is a good opportunity to get a few cute pictures with your squad before dinner.

8:00 p.m.

DINNER TIME! Hopefully, your resort has a lot of options. Monday is for Mediterranean food. Tuesday is Italian. Wednesday is Hibachi. Thursday is seafood. End the week off right with steak on Friday.

10:30 p.m.

Thankfully, the club finally opens, but of course, you do not want to be the first person there. Depending on if the club looks lit or not, enter between 10:30-11:00. Dance like you have never danced before because you will never see any of the people again!

Be careful walking back to your room in the dark. Go to sleep and get ready to start the fabulous routine all over again tomorrow!

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