I could probably write a book about all of my antics in high school. Mistakes, bad decisions and general immaturity make for great stories. One of these tales includes a trip with friends during high school. We thought it would be a wonderful idea to rent a house down the shore during the week of Memorial Day. We chose Long Beach Island, which is a beautiful New Jersey shore location.
Planning is Key
We didn’t put much thought into what house we were going to rent. We just found one that was willing to rent to teenagers and we went for it. But in the future, if you plan on renting a shore house, I highly recommend taking a look at it first- inside and out- so that you know what you are paying for. The house we chose was close to the beach, but had no heat or air conditioning. This doesn’t seem important now, but it will be later on in this story, I assure you!
You Get What You Pay For
Our rental was relatively inexpensive since it had no heating or air conditioning. This is not uncommon at the Jersey Shore, but our trip was in the Spring. And unfortunately, the weather dipped below 50 degrees during our stay. This makes for chilly nights at the shore, and we had no heat. The house was freezing, all the time. It was cold on the beach. It was cold in the house. It was cold everywhere!
Know the Area
As the temperatures dipped, so did our health. I woke in the middle of the night to one friend sobbing in her bed. She had come down with strep throat and we had to use a phone book to find the closest emergency clinic, since her fever was so high. Needless to say, it was not a close ride. She wound up going home, but recovered just fine. Trying to find medical help for her was not easy. We didn’t even have pain relievers in the house.
Read Your Contracts
Contract, what’s a contract? As a teenager, I don’t remember reading through it very carefully. I failed to read the details of the security deposit. The owners of the house kept our security deposit because we stuck a spatula in the back door (we were trying to pry it open, since it didn’t function). I remember thinking this was terribly unfair, because we had cleaned the rest of the house and taken good care of it. Other than the spatula, did they have a right to keep our deposit? I’ll never know because I didn’t read the contract! So always know what you are signing.
Although this trip had some disastrous moments, we made the best out of it, which is the key to any trip, really. The glass is always half full when you’re on vacation!