(CNN) — An "Eat, Pray, Love" trip on the scale of author Elizabeth Gilbert’s is out of the question for most travelers.
The book and subsequent movie about the divorcee and No. 1 bestseller’s adventures and agonies across Italy, India and Indonesia have inspired readers around the world and prompted numerous travel agencies to create packages mimicking Gilbert’s life-changing journey.
Taking a year to travel the world might be a dream for many desk-bound adventurers, but the reality is that such a trip — even trimmed down to just three weeks — could easily break the bank. So if you don’t have the time, money or passport for Gilbert’s itinerary, eat, pray and love your way through these domestic destinations. You’ll still come home satisfied.
Forget pasta, pizza and gelato. Think beignets, po’ boys, crawfish and gumbo — just a few of New Orleans’ savory signature dishes…