Posted Jan 7, 2015

What it’s Like to Live in Top Travel Destinations in the U.S.

Living in a touristy town is a unique experience–you watch families snapping photos and kids gazing about in amazement while you just grumble “move it along people; I see this every day.”

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US

If you’re a tourist thinking how wonderful it must be to live in a top travel destination full time, you may be surprised to know that the reality is a bit more normal than you might have thought (Cinderella is human too, after all). Here’s look at the Top 10 U.S. travel destinations of 2015, according to Priceline, and the details of living there:

10. Oahu, Hawaii

What can be more wonderful than spending your days living in Hawaii? This tropical paradise is a popular getaway, and how can you blame the tourists? However, the people who call Oahu home are just like you and me: They put their swim trunks on one leg at a time.

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - Oahu, Hawaii

In Oahu:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with hardwood floors and a shared yard.
  • You’re not likely to have a dishwasher in your apartment or a gym in your complex.
  • Your may have trouble finding a dog-friendly rental. Only 4% of rentals allow dogs!
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,000

9. Atlanta

This Southern city of Atlanta is full of history, drawing in many tourists. As a top travel destination, Atlanta is filled with things to do and hotels in which to stay, but most residents in The A don’t frequent The World of Coca-Cola.

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - Atlanta

In Atlanta:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with hardwood floors and a private yard.
  • You’re not likely to have a dishwasher or central air in your apartment.
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment:  $1,250

8. Boston

This historic city of Boston is a must-see when tracking the past of our country, but before you head to Dunkin’ Donuts to practice your wicked good Bahhhstin accent, you’ll need to think about daily life in Beantown–especially if you have a pooch.

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - Boston

In Boston:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with hardwood floors and new appliances.
  • You’re not likely to have a central air or a fireplace in your apartment.
  • You may have trouble finding a dog-friendly rental. Only 4% of rentals allow dogs!
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,395

7. Orange County, California

This sunny getaway attracts visitors from across the country, especially come winter. In the OC, you can meet Mickey at Disneyland, eat some delicious fish tacos and enjoy the beautiful Southern California beaches.

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - Orange County

In Orange County:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with hardwood floors and a private yard.
  • You’re not likely to have central air or a new appliances in your apartment.
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment:  $1,775

6. New York City

The Big Apple is home to amazing architecture, award-winning live theater, top restaurants and more–but living in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of isn’t for everyone. With sky-high rents and minimal space, living in NYC requires some compromise.

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - New York

In New York City:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with new appliances and a doorman.
  • You’re not likely to have central air or a walk-in closet (but your apartment might be the size of a walk-in closet).
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,995

5. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

With access to beaches, water parks and events, Fort Lauderdale comes in at the fifth most popular travel destination in the U.S. A smaller city than most on this list, living in Ft. Laudy is more affordable than nearby Miami–but there isn’t nearly as much to do.

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - Fort Lauderdale

In Fort Lauderdale:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with a fireplace (interesting) and private yard.
  • You’re not likely to have new appliances in your apartment or a gym in your complex. But who needs a gym when you’re in sunny Florida?
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,600

4. Miami

Florida once again makes the list of top travel destinations, and this time, it’s Miami. The MIA provides beach access by day and bars and clubs by night. Either way, visiting sure is a blast. But when you move to Miami, humidity and hurricanes are a part of everyday life. You should also brush up on your Español.

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - Miami

In Miami:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with a fireplace (Florida really loves their fireplaces) and private yard.
  • You’re not likely to have a dishwasher or new appliances in your apartment. Not great if you have a passion for cooking.
  • You may have trouble finding a dog-friendly rental in the MIA. Only 8% allow dogs and there is a county-wide ban on Pit Bulls.
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,950

3. New Orleans

With Mardi Gras, a lively atmosphere and good food, New Orleans is a totally unique city that draws a crowd. Living in New Orleans can be an adventure too–but it’s not all beads and jazz music.

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - New Orleans

In New Orleans:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with a shared yard and walk-in closets.
  • You’re not likely to have a dishwasher in your apartment or a gym in your complex. How will you work off that jambalaya?!
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,250

2. Las Vegas

Nearing the top of the list, Las Vegas is the second-most popular travel spot in the U.S., and it’s no surprise to us. With affordable flights, live shows, casinos, bars and good eats, Las Vegas is more like excitement city. But living in Las Vegas isn’t a daily party, but it’s still nice–and the most affordable on the list!

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - Las Vegas

In Las Vegas:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with hardwood floors and a fireplace.
  • You’re not likely to have new appliances or a dishwasher in your apartment.
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment: $790

1. Orlando, Florida

This city is home to the Happiest Place on Earth (aka Disney World), as well as other theme parks like Universal Studios. With beaches, hotels, parks and dining galore, many visitors sing “Orlando, I love you Orlando!” at the top of their lungs (or at least in their heads).

What it's Like to Live in a Top Travel Destinations in the US - Orlando

In Orlando:

  • You’re likely to find an apartment with hardwood floors and a fireplace (again with the fireplaces, Florida?)
  • You’re not likely to have new appliances or a dishwasher in your apartment.
  • Median rental rate for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,035

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What it's Like to Live in Top Travel Destinations in the U.S. -Lovely discovered what apartments are like in 10 cities frequented by tourists in the U.S.

Photo Credit: givingnot@rocketmail.comPrayitnoHector AlejandroTim SacktonKarol FranksAxel TafernerPat DyeTimothy ValentineIrfJustin BrownJoe Penniston

Methodology: Trends represented in this article reflect Q4 2014 rental market data based on the comprehensive set of aggregated rental inventory posted on Lovely between January 2012 and December 2014, and is no longer active.

Prices reported are as indicated upon posting and do not capture the final pricing terms on closed lease agreements. In addition to Lovely’s posting platform, Lovely Pro, Lovely obtains listings by partnering with over 70 external providers to populate its marketplace with rental listings.

Jen Jackowski

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Jen Jackowski is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she studied theater and English. Her experiences in the theatrical arts left her with a love for storytelling that she breathes into her writing. She’s also passionate about art, gaming, sustainability and fashion. Her work has been published in the literary magazine, Euphemism.

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