Julia Houston Julia was born in New Orleans, grew up mostly in California, and returned to the Crescent City as a graduate student at Tulane University in 1987. After getting her Ph.D. in English literature a few years later, she realized she never wanted to leave the Big Easy. Experience Julia works as a freelance writer, editor, and website designer. She loves promoting New Orleans to the rest of the world. It’s no wonder: The food is incredible. The music is glorious. The massive live oaks are heavy with Spanish moss. Every block of houses is a small lesson in architecture. Julia contributed to TripSavvy until 2009. About TripSavvy and Dotdash TripSavvy, a Dotdash brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler—showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in New York City, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.