Do not fear. The rain is only here to help you grow.Jennae Cecelia
Rainy days are a bummer even when you’re at home, but it’s a new level of NOOOOOO whenever it happens on your vacation. What do you mean it’s raining? I didn’t tell the weather it was allowed to precipitate during these dates. Why couldn’t it hold off until I left?
The sad truth is that the weather doesn’t care that you want it to be sunny with picturesque clouds in the sky, no chance of rain, zero humidity, a refreshing breeze, and warm enough for the killer outfit you packed. The weather does what it wants, when it wants.
That’s why I decided to write this post. I’ve had vacations with the perfect weather the entire time and I’ve had vacations that felt like I was stuck in hurricane it was raining so hard. I’ve created a pretty decent list of ideas and tips to try so you never lose a day of vacation. It might not be exactly what you planned for the day you planned it, but travel necessitates flexibility.
Below are just a few fun ideas I’ve tried to help you make the most of your vacation when the rain decides to make an unwelcome appearance.
- Get take out (or a charcuterie) from a local restaurant, buy a bottle of wine/6-pack of local brews, and spend the night in watching a movie or local TV shows.
- Take yourself on a food tour of the city. Get a snack at each spot t try as many as possible.
- Catch up on writing postcards or posting on your favorite social media page.
- Write some reviews for where you’ve been.
- Research where you should visit first the next day just in case more rain comes. That way you can prioritize the must-see outdoor places first.
- Treat yourself to a spa day.
- Visit as many museums as possible.
- Find and take a cooking class.
- Meditate or find a yoga class.
- Learn more of the local language.
- Make new friends with other travelers where you’re staying.
- Update your travel journal so you don’t forget anything special or memorable that happened while you have some downtime.
- Organize your luggage. It’s not fun, but it will save you time later when you really want to be out and about.
- Take a much-needed nap to have more energy for the rest of your trip.
- Do your laundry. If you have never traveled with lots of dirty clothes before you don’t know the magic of having nothing but clean clothes in your luggage.
- Take a virtual tour of another destination or museum.
- Embrace the rain. Grab an umbrella and show the rain who’s boss?
- Go on a pub crawl. Responsibly, please!
- Visit a local bookstore or coffee shop to read
- Find an indoor pool.
- Look for underground activities.
- Book a hop on/hop off bus tour
- Go shopping
- Find live music events.
- Watch the rain from a cozy location you discover in town or where you’re staying.
- Rent a car and go for a drive.
- Look for underground activities. Like caves, catacombs, or salt mines? These are some unique places to visit and it never rains underground.
- Work up a sweat at the local gym.
- Go see a movie.
- People watch in the hotel lobby or wherever you want to spend the day
There are, of course, endless more opportunities to make a rainy day a blip on your radar or even an incredible day. It’s all about finding something you would really enjoy and seizing the opportunity. Don’t let getting a little bit wet discourage you from venturing out and experiencing incredible sites, events, or classes.
Have you tried any of these options on a rainy day during your travels? Let me know in the comments below!