You vacation in my backyard. I live in a resort town in South Florida: Lauderdale by the Sea (LBTS). I am pleased you have selected my neighborhood, and I am sure the denizens of other vacation spots feel the same.
Vacationers inject money into communities providing jobs and opportunities. According to www.traveleffect.com over 2 trillion dollars is funneled into the economy because of vacations. This allows for 14.6 million American travel related jobs. You get a savage tan, fruity drinks with umbrellas, and winnings from the local casino, and the locals get your money.
But have you ever considered that vacation communities could benefit from more than just your money? On your next vacation, try these easy tips to enhance your vacation experience and benefit the area you are visiting.
By volunteering you get to meet the locals. What better way to discover the best-hidden restaurants and hot spots? And at the same time, you are impacting the vacation area in a positive way beyond dollars and cents. If you have children, you may be developing volunteers for life. Check the local chamber of commerce to see what volunteer opportunities are available. If you are headed my way, Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce (www.lbts.com) is advertising a food collection. The Pantry of Broward(http://www.thepantryofbroward.org) provides food to seniors on a low or fixed income.
Frequent the Local Businesses
Local businesses are the heartbeat of the community. In today’s economy, it is getting harder and harder for these businesses to survive. Most every town has a small business organization; consult it before going to dinner or shopping while on your vacation. Expand your experience beyond the familiar chain stores and restaurants that exist in your hometown and help out the community. If you cannot find a website with a listing of local businesses, just ask for suggestions when you are volunteering.
You are on vacation, act like it. You don’t need to jostle the people in the grocery aisle or speed along the roadways. Relax, breathe deeply, and smile. It will allow you to completely engage in your experience and will keep the locals just a bit safer. Remember, we like to bike to the beach and often have small children playing in the yards. Just take your time, so everyone enjoys your presence.
These three easy tips benefit everyone. They allow those vacationing to thoroughly enjoy themselves and allow the vacation site and its citizens to benefit from the vacationers.