People go on vacation in order to take a break from the grind of daily life. They want to visit someplace new, and they want to experience the best that their destination has to offer. What tourists often don’t realize–or don’t want to think about–is that the people who live at that destination don’t see it through the same vacation-colored glasses. To the locals, this is home, and they aren’t getting away from any of their responsibilities. And that’s not the only reason why they often don’t share the same appreciation of the area that the visitors do. Tourists see the place at its very best.
Even if something does happen to present a less-than-pleasant side of things during their vacation, they must endure the discomfort only for as long as they spend on site before their tour ends. The people who live there, however, are stuck with the situation. Even the most wonderful of vacation spots has drawbacks and the people who live there have to deal with both the good and the bad aspects of the area. As a result, some places that are heaven to visitors can be a big pain in the neck to many of the locals who actually have to live there.
25 What Happens In Vegas...
Las Vegas, Nevada is a marvel of the modern age. It has grown out of the desert to become the flashiest, gaudiest and wildest vacation site known to humanity, drawing tourists from throughout the world to experience the gaming, entertainment and nightlife.
But to the people who live here, it’s mostly just a celebration of an exorbitant vacation lifestyle that they can cater to, but not afford themselves.
Maybe that’s why USA Today ranks it as one of the lowest ranking cities for salary satisfaction.
24 Take A Deep Breath Out In LA
Los Angeles, California holds a special place in the imagination of the world’s populace. This is the place where dreams come true, and the city is full of art, entertainment and action.
But the city also experiences a natural inversion layer of air that traps sediment and pollution in the air.
According to CBS News, Los Angeles is among the nation’s top cities for pollution in the air and comes in as the very poorest for days when the air has high levels of ozone.
23 Don’t Bug Me In Arizona
Zoos, parks, museums, golf courses and more make Phoenix, Arizona, the vacation destination spot of the Southwest. It has a population of more than a million people, but the problem is the other residents, the insects and arachnids.
Phoenix doesn’t have the most bugs, but as Realtor notes, it has some of the scariest.
The bark scorpion is the most poisonous scorpion in the country and accounts for the majority of more than 10,000 scorpion stings that are inflicted each year in the state.
22 It's Uphill Both Ways In San Fran
The hilly streets of San Francisco aren’t just the subject of an old television show. They are a beloved icon of the City by the Bay and everybody loves them. Everybody, that is, except for the people who have to make their livings navigating the dangerous ups and downs.
SFGate cites an entire litany of attributes that make people hate these streets, including the tight turns, the fact that parking is scarce and of course, the steep incline of the roadways.
21 Grab A Shovel Out In The Rockies
The high mountains of the Colorado Rockies are home to the tourist destination of Aspen. A ski vacation here has cachet above and beyond a run of the mill show sports excursion. But to those who live here, all of this snow doesn’t just mean winter fun.
It also means day after day of shoveling the steps, shoveling the walk, shoveling the road.
The U.S. News and World Report pegs annual snowfall here at 200 inches or about 16 feet of white powder.
20 Southern Discomfort In Savannah
Tourists hoping to spend some time in a classic and iconic Southern city could hardly choose a more pleasant-looking setting than Savannah, Georgia, also known as the Hostess City. It even ranks on some lists as one of the best cities in America to visit.
But CNN reports that life in Savannah is a stark contrast to the facade of Southern charm that outsiders see.
Instead, the city’s residents face a frightening level of violence that isn’t immediately apparent to tourists.
19 Poverty With A View Alongside Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, straddling the border between Nevada and California in the high Sierra Nevada mountain range, draws thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the lake, the mountains, the casinos and resorts.
But many of the people who live and work here can barely earn enough money to make it worth their while.
In fact, a report by the Tahoe Daily Tribune argues that the combination of high housing costs and low area wages is forcing local residents to leave and seek better conditions elsewhere.
18 It’s Not The Heat; It’s The Humidity—In San Diego
San Diego is a tourist destination in Southern California that offers a wide range of attractions, spanning nature, history and the arts. And throughout it all, a nagging oppressive stickiness in the summer, resulting from a combination of population density, humidity and other factors such as wind.
It all adds up to a summer climate that tourists can leave behind but that locals are stuck with. This all has led AOL to rank San Diego among the top five of the nation’s sweatiest cities.
17 Long Day’s Journey Into Night In Alaska
The state of Alaska sees nearly 2 million visitors each year. These tourists come to experience the wilderness, the culture, the scenery and more. And then they return home.
But permanent residents who live here through the seasons can be susceptible to depression during the winter nights that last much longer than in the more southerly states.
According to the New York Times, about 10 percent of the population of Alaska suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which can eventually lead to some pretty dark thoughts.
16 True Grit In The OBX
North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a popular tourist destination offering all sorts of beach and coastal vacation opportunities and a chance to sport a ubiquitous OBX car sticker.
But where visitors see a good time on a sandy beach, the locals see homes and livelihoods that are threatened by erosion and climate change.
The Washington Post notes how the residents are trying to protect the coastlines and beaches, but it is unlikely to do more than simply stave off the inevitable for just a little bit longer.
15 All That Jazz In Kansas City
The barbeque and jazz alone are enough to make Kansas City, Missouri, a solid tourist destination. All of the other activities and attractions are just the icing on the cake.
But when the ribs are eaten, and the music stops, KC is a better place to visit and then leave than to live in full-time.
CBS News calls it one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the nation, based on the rate of crime that takes place here.
14 Capitol Punishment In DC
Washington, D.C. is a city that everyone should visit to soak up the history of the past, as well as the history being made every day through the official process.
But the locals who live here are usually too preoccupied trying to survive to take in much of the touristy side of the city.
According to the Washington Post, this is the absolute hardest city in which to try to make even an annual household income of $100,000 into something approximating a viable living.
13 Easy Does It Down In NOLA
How enticing it sounds to be footloose in New Orleans, to soak in the food, the music and the culture. It’s no mystery why so many people flock to enjoy the Big Easy.
But the actual business of living here can be anything but easy.
It’s best to be here on vacation when you have a job somewhere else to go back to because Forbes reports that New Orleans is one of the bottom five US cities in which to be a job seeker right now.
12 On The Road Again In Salt Lake
Out in the wide open spaces of the US West, Salt Lake City sits nestled between its namesake and the mountains of the Wasatch Range. Tourists make a long trip here, enjoy a vacation in the region that hosted the Winter Olympics and make a long trip home.
Why? Because they might not want to have to stay here like the locals do.
USA Today noted Salt Lake City as the second-worst city to live in based on high crime and a severe lack of affordable housing.
11 Leaf-Peeper’s Lament In New England
When the leaves begin to change colors, folk make road trips to New England to take in the spectacular fall foliage. But for the people who live in the region, the changing leaves are not so much a thing of beauty as they are a harbinger of snow.
The Washington Post notes that even mild winters can be treacherous if people aren’t careful about shoveling.
The transient leaf-peepers will be gone, and the locals will be tasked with removing snow from the streets and sidewalks. Of course, that's the bonus. New Englanders keep it in the family; they aren't known for loving tourists.
10 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring In Seattle, Of Course
From Puget Sound, to Pike Place Market, to the Space Needle, tourists love Seattle, Washington. And the prevalent rain is quaint, always good for a joke.
But it’s no joke to the locals who have to put up with it for most of their lives.
And the low number of sunny days is one of the factors, along with a terrible commuting system, that earned Seattle the title of the US city with the poorest quality of life, according to the Seattle Times.
9 You Can’t Park Your Car In Harvard Yard Up In Beantown
Boston draws tourists from across the country and across the world, all year long. And if these tourists are smart, they get a cab or use a rideshare app, because if they are smart, they do not want to share in the frustrations of the locals who just about go crazy trying to find a parking space in this city.
Boston is consistently ranked among the lowest ranking cities in America for parking, as noted by Boston Magazine, based on factors of the price of parking and car thefts.
8 Blowing In The Windy City Of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois sees more than 50 million visitors annually. But while it may have the nickname of the Windy City, locals are just as likely to hear it referred to as a place where crime runs rampant.
NPR reports that it actually has fewer lives lost per capita than many, many other cities, but that’s not what people focus on. The tourists can do their thing and go home, but the locals are stuck living in a city with a depressing reputation.
7 Later, ‘Gator In Orlando
Orlando, Florida is theme-park heaven, the home of Walt Disney World. And a Universal theme park. And a Harry Potter theme park.
And the most alligators in the state, according to the Miami Herald.
Trappers have to deal with these big lizards approximately every two out of three days. In other words, if you live in the Orlando area, you’ve got to keep your eyes open and watch out that an alpha predator isn’t lying in wait for you at your front door.
6 Hustle And Bustle In The Big Apple
One of the prime tourist destinations in the world is New York City. Millions upon millions of people visit the Big Apple and love the experience.
But millions of people also live there, and some of them can’t stand it.
Business Insider compiled a list of the most disappointing things about living in the city, but in essence, it boils down to the reality that you have so many people living in such close proximity. That, and the fact that everything is very, very expensive here.