Playing it Safe while planning your Senior Week in Ocean City, MD

This is the time of the year when we are flooded by numerous phone calls and emails by anxious soon-to-be graduates and their apprehensive parents looking for advice, reassurance of legitimacy of the rental units, safe accommodations, and the best deals available.  Many seniors and parents have heard the stories of past graduates about the landlords that collect their monies and then look for any minuscule reason to evict them soon after the arrival or even private owners who collect the money, and then are nowhere to be found on the day of the check in. So to make sure your Senior Week Trip goes smooth, here' s how to Play it safe while planning your trip to Ocean City, MD.

  1. Choose a legitimate Rental company or Hotel/Motel
  2. Make sure they rent to graduates to avoid the refusal of the rental or eviction upon arrival because "they don't rent to groups"
  3. View the photos of the place that you're interested in or better yet - come and see it in person - anyone can post pictures of a place online and pretend it exists in Ocean City, MD
  4. Read the Rental Policies before you put any money down; this will ensure you know what will be expected of you and what you should expect in return
  5. Make sure you're clear on when the payments are due and follow the payment plan so your reservation is not cancelled for non payment
  6. Collect the down payment from all your friends and reserve the Beach House!

Beach Getaways Management rents to High School Seniors  for over 14 years now, making sure every sensible senior week-er has a safe and pleasant time in Ocean City, so they can cherish the memories of this week for the rest of their lifetime. In fact, many of our seniors have returned for another week of "sun and sand" even when they're in college, and now many younger brothers and sisters are coming to experience what their older brothers and sisters where raving about. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about Senior Week Rentals 

You may also find a lot of useful information about Senior Week in Ocean City on Play it Safe official website www.playitsafeoceancity.com. The mission of PLAY IT SAFE is to encourage high school graduates to make informed, healthy choices while having responsible fun without the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Does your vacation affect your happiness?

Vacations are a chance to take a break from work, see the world and enjoy time with family. But do they make you happier?

The study, published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, showed that the largest boost in happiness comes from the simple act of planning a vacation. In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.

After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people. How much stress or relaxation a traveler experienced on the trip appeared to influence post-vacation happiness. There was no post-trip happiness benefit for travelers who said the vacation was “neutral” or stressful.”

Surprisingly, even those travelers who described the trip as “relaxing” showed no additional jump in happiness after the trip. “They were no happier than people who had not been on holiday,” said the lead author, Jeroen Nawijn, tourism research lecturer at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

The only vacationers who experienced an increase in happiness after the trip were those who reported feeling “very relaxed” on their vacation. Among those people, the vacation happiness effect lasted for just two weeks after the trip before returning to baseline levels.

Boost your happiness, start planning your summer get-away to Ocean City, MD now!

Boardwalkin’ for pets 2015

Bring your pet to the beach and do a good deed!

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8am - 12pm

Worcester County Humane Society annual fun event - walk-a-thon on the boards! All proceeds benefit the Ocean City area's no-kill pet shelter. Bring your pet for a fun day on the boards to help the animals or adopt a shelter dog for the day by making arrangements prior to the walk-a-thon. Registration fee.  8am - 12pm, rain or shine!

We have a selection of a few pet friendly units available for the weekend of 4/24-26. No pet fees for this special weekend!

Countdown to Spring!

Daylight saving time 2015 will begin on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 a.m. That means it's time to spring forward!

For most, daylight saving time is an exciting sign of spring that comes with a slightly sleepy Monday, but let's look at a bright side - it's going to put us one hour closer to Friday, March 20, 2015, the official first day of the Spring!

Count down to spring!

 

I WANT my toes in the water

This extreme winter with the single digit temperatures even here in Ocean City, MD has really left me wanting my toes in the water and ass in the sand...

Zac Brown Band:
I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today. Life is good today.
Well, the plane touched down just about 3 o'clock
And the city's still on my mind
Bikinis and palm trees danced in my head
I was still in the baggage line
Concrete and cars are their own prison bars like this life I'm living in
But the plane brought me farther.
I'm surrounded by water
And I'm not going back again

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today. Life is good today.

Listen to it  HERE

Surviving the winter blues

Think of this approach as a survival guide for the remainder of the winter season. Plan your summer get-away now! It’s a way to channel soothing, summery thoughts during the big chill of winter. Being in a warm house while reading a travel guide or calling up all of these exotic destination photos online is a great way to spend a cold, dreary day. Besides, anticipation is half the enjoyment. The sooner you plan, the longer you have to look forward to your trip.”

Vacation Payment Plan

Another way to pay piecemeal is through vacation payment plan. But you can’t do this if you procrastinate!

You can put a small deposit to confirm the reservation and pay the remainder over time, interest-free. The earlier you book, the more time you have to pay.

Strategy for a stress-less summer get-away

By now, holiday shopping is over, and hopefully the high credit card balances are under control. so the accompanying financial stress should be behind you soon. Thinking about summer now will help you create a vacation budget and start saving up.

You’ll do less damage to your overall financial picture if you do create a vacation budget, and start putting the money toward that. You save gradually through the year to stay ahead of the curve. The last thing you want after an amazing summer experience is to get nagged by a credit-card balance that you can’t pay off in time.

Early Birds Get the Deals

Now is the very best time to start researching and booking your summer beach trip. Some resorts and destinations offer early-bird discounts! For certain popular places, you have to start sooner than later or you’ll miss out entirely.

If you wait till the last minute, you also will not be left with that many choices. By booking early, especially for the holidays, special events and weekends, you are avoiding the price spikes that are definitely demand driven in resort destinations!

Why plan your summer vacation now?

The winter holidays are over, and you’re bracing for the cold months ahead. Sounds like a perfect time to think about ... that big summer beach getaway?

Whatever your destination, you should start your planning now to discover great deals, sock away funds and ensure that you have made all the required arrangements so you can enjoy a memorable summer break in a locale you have always wanted to visit.

This is especially true if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to stop procrastinating and missing out on great opportunities. You can never start too soon in researching discounts and deals for your next summer trip!

Here 8 reasons WHY you should start making your plans now:

Early birds get the deals

It’s smart to start saving early

Some destinations let you pay in early installments

You’ll be able to travel together with loved ones

You can save on lodging

You’ll have time to arrange pet-care services or find pet friendly accommodations

You’ll get the most out of your experience

You’ll have something to look forward to