Edit: This is an older post that was republished because of the Fourth of July weekend on us. This article was original posted around Labor Day in 2014, but the info is still good for holiday weekends.
I meant to post this before Labor Day but my site did not get launched before then. Oh, well. The information still stands — especially anytime a 3 day weekend occurs. Let’s dig into what it means when Labor Day arrives and how it impacts tourist cities.
Labor Day is the end of summer. But those states who boast eternal sunshine it means that tourism will pick up due to the snowbirds traveling south. Aside from the RV, how can you spot a tourist?
We’ll look at a few ways to stay alert and keep an eagle eye to avoid those crafty tourist invading the beaches and roadways. It is important to note that touism does form a strong econimic background in many local economies. How else are we going to sell those goofy shirts that say, “My parents went to Florida and only brought me back this stupid shirt.”
On the road
Let’s say you are cruising down highway 49. You notice an SUV speeding past you. It has kids and dogs hanging out the window, basking in the deafening sound of road noise.
You can see the beach balls and lawnchairs strapped to the roof. You also see them pass an exit and see the SUV’s brake lights, hear the noise of screeching tires, and see the vehicle cut across traffic to the shoulder. The driver starts backing up.
Yep, you just spotted a tourist.
On the boardwalk
Locals don’t wear the cartoon character clothing that tourists wear. Consider this man and woman walking down the boardwalk.
The man has a a pot-belly that peeks out of his “I’m in Florida” tee-shirt and has on neon Bermuda shorts.
He asks in a loud, obnoxious tone, ‘scuse me, I’m visiting here with my wife. What’s good eating around here?’
Yep, you just encountered a tourist.
Let’s say you are still walking down the boardwalk. You know there are a lot of characters, doing tricks and showing off. Like muscle guys. Like Kassem G and his interviews. Those are places you’ll find people with their camera and taking photos.
And that’s the nature of tourism, along with dealing with people who are outside most folks’ norms. But what separates the goofy tourist is the camera poised and taking pictures of pigeon poop.
You’ve seen them. Their zooming in and taking a macro shot of sea gull doo-doo. God knows what for. Actually, I think I know, and I can just see a conversation with a tourist who left his parents at home: “Look Ma, those pigeons poo everywhere. See how dirty it is in California! I’m so glad you did not go with us and be subjected to it!”
I’m sure you’ve encounted these situtations before. It’s important that you laugh at them and find beauty in them. Tourists will always be a part of the economy, dumping money (and garabage) into it. It’s the nature of the beast.
Also, if you are going to Florida, the first example is not good. Florida natives drive like this anyway. I think their motto is signal right and turn left.