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Growing up, summer meant we had endless hours on our hands to hang out with our friends and have fun. As busy young professionals, we can relive those nostalgic summer memories by rounding up some friends and renting a summer share house for a week!

Booking a rental house with friends away at the beach is a wonderful way to catch up and relax. I’m heading to Santa Barbara with a group later this summer and I’m so excited to spend quality time with them!

If it’s your first time renting a summer share house, here are a few survival tips to make sharing a space with friends so much easier:

1. Set a schedule.

There’s bound to be a lot of options for things to do while you’re on vacation. It’s important to remember that everyone in your group (whether it’s just a couple of friends or a large group of 10 or more) isn’t always going to want to do the same things.

Some people might just want to relax while others may want to see the sights or find a physical activity like hiking or scuba diving. The key to a great week is to find a balance where everyone gets to do the things they want to do and no one is forced to tag along or stay behind on vacation.

Invite everyone to do a little research on things in the area. There could be a theme park nearby you’d like to visit or maybe everyone wants to go whale watching. After you have everyone’s input, you can create a schedule of activities for the week. Making these decisions will keep the group from spending the whole week wondering what to do next.

There is almost always a way that everyone can be accommodated and it will make your vacation go much more smoothly if you have a schedule and have planned ahead.

2. Plan your meals in and your meals out.

Gathering around the table after a jam-packed day is a great way to bring the group back together and reminisce on the day’s adventures!

Planning your meals ahead sounds boring, but it’s a great way to keep the trip affordable for everyone. Make it a point to ask your group how often they would like to eat in versus eat out and add it to your schedule.

Even though you’re sharing a house, you might not be sharing a budget. Money is generally the last thing you want to worry about on vacation (deciding where to eat is a close second) so budgeting out meals and groceries ahead of time will save you from the stress.

Deciding on a few quick and easy meals, like burgers on the grill or pasta, is a huge time saver each day. Have everyone pitch in a few dollars for groceries and you’re set.

3. Keep it clean.

Cleaning isn’t usually on the top of your to-do list while you’re on vacation, but sharing a house generally means things will get messy fast.

If it’s your first time renting a summer share house, here are a few survival tips to make sharing a space with friends so much easier.

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Whether it’s having so many people around in one space, being in a new place, and preparing meals, staying healthy on vacation is something I worry about.

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On top of that, most rental properties are going to ask for a security deposit. To make sure you get that back, it’s imperative each person cleans up after themselves and leaves the place the way you found it!

4. Prepare for rainy days.

Even in the sunniest of destinations, rain can come out of nowhere and potentially derail your plans for the day.

One of my favorite summer rental house memories is actually from a rainy day at the beach! After thinking the rain had stopped, we all headed out on a walk with no particular destination in mind. But only 30 minutes into our adventure, we were caught—totally unprepared—in a torrential downpour.

We did the best thing we could do and ran into a nearby diner. Lucky for us, it was pretty empty because of the rain. I opted for chocolate chip pancakes, and somehow, they were the biggest and fluffiest pancakes ever. They were just crisp on the outside and a perfect ratio of chocolate to pancake. Fun fact, still don’t know the name of that diner and I’ve never been back because I don’t want to spoil the memory!

We were soaking wet sitting there eating our pancakes, telling jokes, and keeping an eye on the weather, ready to the house in between rain spells.

We spent the afternoon playing games and watching movies. I learned my lesson that day and will always be prepared from now on when it comes to in climate weather on vacation. Turns out, the weather can be finicky, even at the beach! It’s a good idea to have a few movies, books or games on hand to stay busy.

Spending a week away with friends at a summer share house is a great use of your vacation time! Spending time in close proximity with others can be challenging, but as long as you have a schedule, plan your meals, keep the place clean, and have a back-up plan for bad weather, you’ll have a great time!


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