The thought of living in a tourist town full time has probably crossed your mind at one point in your life — most likely while visiting one during a vacation. If you’re thinking of moving to a popular location, take into consideration the lifestyle will be different for residents than it is for vacationers. With this in mind, check out the following pros and cons to moving to a tourist destination.
It’s Easy to Stay Busy
Many popular vacation spots offer a plethora of activities, so it’s easy to keep busy year-round. As a bonus, tourist towns also tend to attract lots of temporary attractions that you can take advantage of, like concerts, carnivals and major entertainers. For example, if you relocate to Southern California, you’ll be close to some of the best theme parks in the country, as well as a variety of museums, concert halls and great shopping.
There’s Ample Local Transportation
The most popular destination cities usually have a wide variety of transportation options for visitors. Take advantage of this and use a local bus, cab services, shuttle or Uber to get to wherever you want to go.
People Will Visit You
If you like having company and miss your friends and family from home, moving to a vacation spot almost guarantees that you will get a lot of visitors. Bonus: with your loved ones coming to you, you won’t have to spend money on flights to visit them.
Housing Can Be Pricey
Depending on the town, housing prices can be higher. This is true for major metropolitan areas, especially those close to the city centers. If you have your heart set on living in a popular city, look for a place to live that is located away from the touristy areas. For example, if you dream of moving to San Diego, focus your housing search on the nearby suburbs. Use an online housing resource to find available listings throughout the area, and spend time comparing prices to see if you can live close enough to a popular vacation spot without paying exorbitant rent.
There Are Seasonal Ups and Downs
While some major vacation cities — like Las Vegas and Los Angeles — tend to be bustling all year long, others have off-seasons where many businesses and attractions shut down. For instance, a popular skiing destination can turn into a virtual ghost town in the summer. Before you move, be sure to check out your desired town during the times when tourists are not flocking to the area; you might find that the change of pace is not for you.
People Will Visit You
Yes, you love your friends and family, but you do not necessarily want them visiting you all the time. Once word gets out that you’ve moved to the beach, mountains or desert, shirt-tail relatives you haven’t seen in years may start sending you emails filled with major hints about visiting. Be prepared to either offer a place to stay or help them find a local hotel.