Whale Watching Tours, Mardi Gras, and Other Affordable Travel Destinations

The magazine recommended whale watching tours and Mardi Gras in New Orleans as possible options if you were looking for affordable travel destinations in 1981.


| January/February 1981


Readers offered the following affordable travel ideas.  


A Whale Watching Excursion

Another southern city—this one on the West Coast—has a unique attraction in January. The San Diego Natural History Museum has scheduled two-hour whale watching tours in off-shore waters ... to observe the long, thin line of California gray whales on the way to their breeding grounds in Baja's warm lagoons. (Dr. Raymond Gilmore, Museum Associate—and renowned authority on gray whales, will lead all of the trips and explain the behemoths' behavior patterns.)

The excursion whale boats leave the docks at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from January 3 to January 25. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. 

A New Orleans Native's Know-How

If you're considering heading down to join the Mardi Gras in New Orleans (the celebration falls on March 3 this year), here are some good budget-watching tips from MOTHER EARTH NEWS-reader Daniel Wesolowski:

"You can avoid the $25 taxi fare from the airport," Daniel writes, "by taking the Airport/Tulane Avenue bus to the city (it leaves every half hour from in front of the main terminal) for 80¢. Then, to sidestep exorbitant hotel bills, stay in the 'up-town' area. (It's quiet, safe, and only a 15-minute, 40¢ trolley car hop from the famous French Quarter.) There, at either Loyola or Tulane University, you might even meet a neighborly student who'll lend you some floor space for a night or two ... or—if you want more private quarters—you can take a room at the tree-shaded Parkview Guest House, a renovated Victorian mansion with rooms starting at $75 a week, (including continental breakfasts).

"For inexpensive meals, try the $4.00, all-you-can-chow-down suppers at either of the two universities' cafeterias, or get some homecooked-quality food at the nearby Camelia Grill (great burgers!) or Ye Olde College Inn (dinners start at $3.50 ... try the broiled fish).





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