Life in Miami and Orlando isn’t all about vacation. While this may come as a surprise to many of Florida’s non-natives, each city offers a unique lifestyle beyond theme parks and spring break parties.
While some year-round residents have grown accustomed to dodging overcrowded parts of town and adjusting work schedules to bypass traffic, life here doesn’t always revolve around the tourists.
Locals share what it’s like to live, work and raise a family near some of the state’s most famous vacation spots.
Is it hard to maintain a work-life balance in a city full of tourist attractions?
“I wouldn’t say finding a work-life balance is hard. There are so many things to do here, but with traffic you are still very limited on what you can do within time constraints. If you have your own business, setting your hours to avoid heavy traffic times will greatly increase your balance.” –Kat Khatibi of Persian Kitty Kat (Miami)
“It is the same as everywhere else, but it has nothing to do with tourist attractions. There is a very specific area where tourists go, and it’s not where the people who live in Orlando usually go.” –Stephanie Henley of Beasley & Henley (Orlando)
As a local, do you ever “play tourist?”
“I love this question because there is a big misconception that all of Orlando is filled with tourists, which is not true. I ‘play tourist’ when I head over to the International Drive area, and even a bit further to Disney and Universal. There are so many attractions on this side of town, including shopping, restaurants, theme parks and museums. It’s the perfect ‘staycation area’ for locals.” –Amanda Morehouse of Capturing Life’s Gifts (Orlando)
“All the time! Every few months, my wife and I drive up to Boca Raton for a short getaway. We also take days off …read more