As a coastal resident I found this piece humorous and apropos:
Seaside living and the illusion of leisure
…in short, we work. This is the dirty little secret of seaside living. Everyone around us may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean we get a holiday. People move here imagining that life is just one long afternoon under a beach umbrella. They stop for lunch and look out onto our sidewalks and think, “Don’t people here need to earn a living?”
Yes, we do. Those window-shoppers? Other tourists.
This rings even more true for me since I work from home. I set my schedule around the crowds and that means I tend to work on Friday nights and all weekend long. I have my fun on a Tuesday afternoon and run errands at 10am on a Wednesday.
It beats the hustle and bustle, but also prompts the question, “Don’t you work?”
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- France – 77 million
- United States – 61 million
- China – 56 million
- Spain – 53 million
- Italy – 43 million
- United Kingdom – 28 million
- Turkey – 27 million
- Germany – 27 million
- Malaysia – 25 million
- Mexico – 22 million
Interesting to note that both France and Spain receive more visitors than their entire population:
- France – population 65 million – with 77 million annual visitors
- Spain – population 46 million – with 53 million visitors.
That’s quite a tourism business for them.
Not to worry as the world seems ready to travel more than ever. Sometime this year we will set a record with 1 billion international tourists, and the graph below shows that at least half of them are heading to Europe!
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