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Who Lives In A Vacation Destination and What Are Your Observations?

Jun 6th, 2006, 08:59 AM
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Checking in from San Francisco here:

Everything Faina said above and more.

Fisherman's Wharf may as well be on the other side of the moon - never even think about it, let alone go there.

I go to the farmer's market to buy my turnips and kale, not take photos - good lord almighty, the Embarcadero farmer's market this Saturday was inundated with tourists for some reason.

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Jun 6th, 2006, 09:04 AM
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I think the SF is definately a tourist city, though I wouldn't say it is a vacation destination like Hawaii.

Locals vacation all times of the year, though they follow the average vacation destination times like most.

Mom and Dad all work different types of shifts....

Locals do pay for attractions. Sigh. But we do try and take advantage of the free first tuesdays and wednesdays of the month. However, as a local, once you have seen a sight a couple of times, unless there is a new exhibit or a rebuild, you don't go back very often. Except for parks, locals love the park.

Locals never wear any item that has the name of the city they live in on it. That is a big fashion faux pas.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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I have lived in a couple
NYC-then Florida, now Portland, Oregon.
My observations:

Locals do carry umbrellas ! lol
but they don't wear jackets and coats when it is cold or raining. I cannot get warm some days and will see people wearing tee shirts! They really are hardy here!

On a streetcar, one can usually spot a visitor when they mispronounce a street name (Couch)
pronounced Cooch

Locals love Happy Hour but don't really seem to dress up and go out on weekends..( actually, most Portland locals do not dress up....)

Bikes and dogs...Portland has a Lot of them and they are everywhere!!
So there are times when we are stopped by a visitor and they will ask if they can take a picture of Pup. He is now in someones album in Ireland, Japan, Florida LOL

Locals know to wear wetsuits when surfing - in the summer.

Locals don't call certain neighborhoods by the Tourist Guide names..
example: Tourists will ask where to find Nob Hill. .It is known locally, as NorthWest. .so it is an easy way to pick out the tourists

I am still such a tourist in our town, I really like that.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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i'm in a small town on the chesapeake bay. 50% of homeowners are "weekenders". in-season is mid march through christmas with summer the height.

-locals bitch about the traffic but they really don't know bad traffic.

-you know a local because they will smile and say hello when you pass on the street. tourists never do.

-tourists also don't know to stop for people in the crosswalk.

-most people's income depend on the toursists. even the watermen who catch the crab/seafood for the restaurants. though there are many retired folk and some telecommuters or those who travel for work (like us).

-winter is dead, dead, dead.

-very few low to mid range restaurants. most are small so need the high prices to make any money. some of the restaurants are excellent and enjoy business from locals, weekenders and tourists. but i'd love a good gourmet deli.

-residents either love or hate the tourist activity. those who hate it like to bitch but you don't see them moving away.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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We have a condo in a mountain tourist destination, and are there A LOT, so we're sort-of locals (and hope to be real locals someday).

As already pointed out, the locals (whether involved in the tourist industry or not) seek days off during the week, when there are fewer tourists on the slopes/trails/bike paths.

Never, never, never go to the grocery store on Saturday nights (changeover day for weekly rentals).

Locals tend to not do the high-priced activities (of course), such as the Alpine Slide, "mountain biking" that involves riding a chair lift up and gliding down, bungee jumping, etc.

Instead, in the summer, you'll find the locals walking their dogs and running (as opposed to walking) on the trails that the tourists (and us) are hiking on. In the winter, the locals will be at the ski resorts (if someone's skiing by themselves, or riding the lift as a single, he/she is more likely to be a local), plus anywhere else you can ski or snowshoe.

Often, the locals are the ones walking to and in town (not driving), and we never complain about climbing stairs. (Excuse me, but I do not understand the logic of traveling thousands of miles to tire yourself out to ski all or most of the day, but whining about climbing two flights of stairs.)

Ssshhhhh...locals get discounts on all sorts of stuff, like restaurants, stores, the coffee shop, etc.

Locals leave town in the shoulder months of October/November and late April/May, if they can.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 10:28 AM
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Cape Cod...I can tell when our season starts by the large number of black skid marks I see on the highway on my way to work.

Do not even THINK about going to the mall/the movies/grocery store or (you get the picture) on a cloudy/rainy day in mid-July to the end of August.

Actually if you are a local you do not leave the house unless necessary on a cloudy day.

No Friday/Saturday nite dining w/o reservations (and not all take reservations). We go mid-week.

You must be in line for the Outer Beach on weekends by 9AM from July 4th on.

The prices in the grocery store go up.

You cannot tell if they are a returning snowbird or a tourist if they are driving slowly.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 08:11 PM
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I recently moved 100 miles NW of Orlando after living in Mouseville (or Rat World as the locals often say) for 18 years.

It's absolutely wonderful to not have to worry about running over tourists when I drive. The ones in Orlando walked right into the street without so much as a glance for traffic.

Also, accidents were frequent and often the cause of foreign tourists unfamiliar with driving in the U.S.

Everyone had at least one relative who worked at each of the theme parks so no one ever had to pay to get into a theme park, but after all those years you never want to go anyway.

All the teens have jobs at the theme parks at 16 years old, so they have cars and money at an early age - which makes them more dangerous!

You get really tired of seeing all the trees get clearcut day after day to make room for one more hotel or one more condo. I'm convinced there will not be one tree left standing in Orlando within five years.

You get tired of telling people, "No, it's NOT fun to live here."
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Jun 6th, 2006, 08:23 PM
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Interesting perspective, Lexma. Personally, I LOVE mud season! It's so quiet here and watching spring unfold and the wetlands come alive is so great. In fall the colors are spectacular and the weather delightfully unpredictable.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 08:55 PM
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I live in the same city as NYtraveler, and here are my observations:

Only tourists will pay $12 each to ride a 6 seater bike with 1 of 7 Spider Mans or a male Wonder Woman. In Times Square no less.

Locals do not purchase overpriced anythings from the flashy McDs on 42nd Street.

Tourists are always walking slowly, looking up and taking pictures. Locals are always walking fast through the crowds.

While the locals may not look friendly to the scared tourists who think we bite, we are often ready to help lost tourists or make recommendations on where to go/what to eat, etc.

And this is just around the Times Square area!

Downtown, where I work...

Tourists are the only ones hugging & touching the Wall Street bull's eh-hem in pictures captured for posterity. For fun one day, we took my camera out and took pictures of them taking pictures of the bull's eh-hem.

Only tourists feel the need to talk to strangers around them on the Staten Island Ferry. The native NYers around them have their heads buried in reading material or are sleeping.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 09:11 PM
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Interesting post. I'd be interested in seeing observations from someone who lives in Las Vegas.
Jun 6th, 2006, 09:36 PM
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I work in downtown Chicago can't wait until I'm amused at the pokey pedestrians like JJ5. I'm still at the stage where I'm trying to dodge them so I can catch my train or bus. I've often wanted to say, "Excuse me, I know you're on vacation, but if the rest of us don't get to work, there will be nothing to do because everything will be closed."

I don't understand why everyone always want to go to the same places they've been on dozens of previous visits. When I try to take friends to more interesting places off the beaten path, they resist. Instead, they head to places like Navy Pier or Water Tower Place and then complain that it was "too crowded to enjoy anything" when they get home!
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Jun 7th, 2006, 06:53 AM
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From Anderson Coopers new book...

"I grew up in New York but never went to see the ball drop until I volunteered to cover it for CNN. For most New Yorkers, the idea of going anywhere near Times Square on New Year's Eve is inconceivable. It's like eating at Tavern On The Green; the food may be tasty, but it's best left to out-of-towners."


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Jun 7th, 2006, 08:36 AM
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Just because I live in Vegas doesn't mean I know how to deal cards! We rarely go to the Strip, usually we go for special occasions (anniversary, birthday) to see a show and have dinner. We don't gamble all day long, in fact I can't remember the last time the DH and I dropped any money in a casino (he works to hard for it). I think it is strange how many people think we live actually on the Strip in a hotel (have had this asked to me twice). My parents came here in 1967 and neither ever worked in the gaming industry. The DH and I have bothed worked for hotels on the Strip, but not in gaming, it was always for the hotel itself.
Here is something you may think a little strange, I was born and raised here and yet I have never been to either the Grand Canyon or Death Valley. While I would love to see Death Valley in bloom in the Spring, I have no desire to visit either place in the summertime!
The question we get almost everytime we travel is "why are YOU on vacation, why would you want to come HERE for a vacation". I guess some think that since we live in a vacation destination that that is where we should vacation!!
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Jun 7th, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Oh, one more thing, please, please learn how to say "Nevada" right!
Ok, one more pet peeve of mine that tourists actually conjured up years ago. There is NO SUCH thing as the "old" Strip. The Strip is and always has been on LV Blvd, what many seem to refer to as the "old" Strip is Fremont St. Just because you used to be able to drive up Fremont St., doesn't mean it was ever the "old" Strip, it is and always has been known as Fremont St.
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How DO you say "Nevada" correctly?
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Jun 7th, 2006, 09:57 AM
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I like this thread. Thanks for starting it.

I live year round at Pensacola Beach, and mid-June to mid-August is our "season" Used to be Memorial Day to Labor Day but changes in the summer schedules for schools have shortened it. We have a mini-season in the winter since the snowbirds - mostly from Missouri, seems like - have discovered us. Also get some Springbreakers but not like other Florida destinations - it can still be too chilly here.

Neither my husband or I work in the tourism industry. I'm a residential contractor and he's a college professor. We do, however, know some people associated with the industry, although most of them are his students who do it part time.

Our residential neighborhoods are a mixed bag. Almost all, no matter how upscale, have at least one or two houses/condos that can be rented short term. For the houses that's usually a week minimum, but for the condos it can be just a couple of days. My biggest complaint is the tourists who don't think about those of us who live here all the time. Yes, they're on vacation and want to have a good time and we want them to, but even motels have a hour (usually 10:00 pm or so) when the pool closes for the night.

When the house next door to us was a vacation rental (thank heaven it's not any longer) the guests would sometimes be partying and yelling around the pool into the wee hours. Great for them, they could sleep in. But the people in the houses on either side and behind across the canal had to be up bright and early to go to work. Sometimes explaining this to them worked miracles, sometimes it didn't.

We once had someone park their vehicle and boat and trailer in front of house blocking both doors to our garage (our lots are only 45 feet wide, so it's easy to do) while they unloaded their food and luggage from it and another vehicle. When we had to leave we asked them to move so we could get our car out. You would have thought we'd asked them to get off the planet. My husband finally had to threaten to have them towed.

Living in a tourist destination has taught me to be a better, more considerate traveler. At least I think and hope it has. We try to hold down our noise anywhere we stay - no loud TV or slamming doors. We try our best to stay right, until we get close to any left turns we have to make and drive at a speed that keeps us up with the rest of the traffic. We've learned that unless you're on a limited access highway the worst that can happen if you miss your turn is that you have to go turn around somewhere or circle a block or two. Much better to do that than slam on brakes or make a wild lane change as I see all the time here.

When there are major events here on the beach (Mardi Gras, Blue Angles, etc) we either get off the Island early and stay gone until the traffic clears or we get everything we'll need ahead of time and just stay put. We don't even like to ride our bikes when the crowds are like that because it's down right risky. Besides, neither of us is crazy about being amongst hoards of people.

We get a few locals discounts, but otherwise pay for everything just like the tourists. We eat at the same restaurants they do. Mainly because here on the Island we don't have that many to choose from.

I love Spring and Fall. The weather is fantastic, the water, esp. in the Fall, is warm and the beach is much less crowded. But Winter, inspite of wind that sometimes feels like it cuts right through you, is great. We often have warm days, only the locals are on the beaches, the sunsets are at their best, and you can actually get into a restaurant without a wait.

Everytime I drive across the bridge to the Island and see that fragile strip of white fringed land and the emerald water I realize how blessed I am to be able to live every day in place that people spend their hard-earned money to visit. Those of us who live here year round and endure the hurricanes and their yearly threat call this Paradise.

No matter where we vacation and how much I enjoy it, I miss this place. The first thing I do when I get back is cross the road to the beach and go for a walk, even if it's only a short one. I joke with people that I'll leave when they put me in a home, but I know I'm not joking. So far I haven't found any place I'd rather be than here. And I can't ask for more than that. So let the tourists come. I can certainly understand why they do.

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Jun 7th, 2006, 12:52 PM
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Poohgirl, it is NOT pronounced

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Jun 7th, 2006, 02:23 PM
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have lived in DC, Beaufort SC and now Asheville - all of which classify as "vacation destinations"
-dread stink of tour buses and screaming kids in the metro (DC)
-hated seeing the pour horse drawn carriages (Beaufort)
-sitting in traffic along I-26 during leaf season (Asheville)
-restaurants more crowded - everywhere
but on the other hand I like the vibe of new people and it makes me proud to brag about the attributes of the area, restaurants, shops etc.
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Jun 7th, 2006, 03:28 PM
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I'm another Chicagoan who would like to given lessons to people on how to walk down a sidewalk, that is what I find the most amusing and frustrating is that people just sort of lumber along taking up the whole sidewalk, or try to walk against the traffic flow and then wonder why people are annoyed with them. Also, it is fine to take out a map to figure out where you are going, when I visit other cities I take out maps, but I step to the side when I do so, I don't stop and stand in the middle of everything and pull it out so that the person walking behind me walks right into the back of me (something I've seen before).

I don't really begrudge what people want to see when they come here, that is their own business, but I do cringe at what restaurants some people choose to eat at (I've never been much for the chains and don't know why someone would travel all that way to eat in one). That being said, you'd be hard pressed to get me anywhere near Navy Pier or Taste of Chicago at anytime during the summer. I've been to Navy Pier twice in the past seven years (I've lived in the city proper for 10+ years and grew up one of the 'burbs), and both times have involved my niece talking me into it, asking while looking at me with her big brown eyes 'can we go to Navy Pier'? How could I say ‘no’.
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Jun 7th, 2006, 03:38 PM
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That's funny about Navy Pier. I went there as a tourist 10 yrs. ago and found it dull, LOL. I liked the Magnificient Mile, finding a good deep dish pizza, the Shedd aquarium and the Science museum. And just walking along Lake Michigan.

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