What is the local currency?
The currency in the USA is the US Dollar ($).
Should I change money before I go?
It’s up to you whether or not you change money before your trip. You may get a better exchange rate by changing money before your trip, but there are plenty of ATMs available throughout New Orleans.
How much should I budget per day for extras?
It’s up to you how much money you budget for each day as you know your spending habits better than we do. For reference, an average meal in New Orleans will cost $30-40 and an average drink costs around $8.
Is it customary to tip?
A tip of around 10 USD per day for the Pack Leader would be appreciated but is not compulsory. Many Flashpackers also give the Pack Leader a tipping kitty to distribute to other staff, such as restaurant staff and extra guides. Again, this is discretionary.
For restaurants and bars in New Orleans, it's customary to tip around 15%-20% but this alters with the level of service you have received.