Happy days with holiday horrors
It’s right about now that many of us start thinking about summer holidays — and making a holiday house booking.
For Australians, that often involves finding a locale where the waves lull you to sleep at night.
We’ve certainly had our share of holiday homes that didn’t quite meet our expectations, which is not necessarily a criticism.
My mum tells me that in the preinternet age, she and my aunt would book holiday houses site unseen, only to be slightly horrified at what they found on arrival. Conversely, the more aghast they were, the more us kids loved it. Indeed, my lifetime love of frangipanis is a result of staying at a holiday house with a large tree at the front enjoying the perfume of those flowers, even if the house was a bit, well, basic.
But how bad could it be when it’s within walking distance of the beach?
These days, checking out the house before putting money down is easier but not without pitfalls.
It can be hard to tell from the pictures that the house is beset with mosquitoes once the sun goes down or that, even with all the windows open it still feels stuffy because there’s no decent cross ventilation.
We did solve this problem for a few years with the purchase of a sweet little holiday house, a fibro shack that we furnished with a combination of Ikea lounges, a clearance store dining suite and retro pieces.
It didn’t matter how long between visits, as soon as the front and back windows were opened, the breeze was drawn through it and it smelt of the sea.
Alas, times change and we’ve moved on from the little house and we’re back to renting other people’s homes for a little break from the everyday.
As long as I can feel the sand between my toes, it’s all good.
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