Good weather is not always guaranteed when you are on vacation. Even if you are traveling in the right season, there is no telling what nature has in store for you when you get to your destination. If you do wake up to a rainy day, don’t spend the hours sulking in your hotel room. There are plenty of things you can do to enjoy your day even if it is raining cats and dogs outside.
If the rain thwarts your plan of walking around and exploring the sights, be flexible and find other opportunities to learn more about your destination. You can also visit a local restaurant or cafe and spend time interacting with the regulars. You will be surprised at how time flies really fast when good conversation is available. On top of that, you also get to enjoy a scrumptious traditional meal at the same time. If you do not want to leave the hotel, just spend time at the lobby bar and chat with your barman. You just might get some good travel tips straight from a local.
Rainy days are also best spent inside museums and other indoor attractions. You may need to brave the rain on your way to your destination but it will only take a few minutes and you can easily brush off the hassle with the right clothing and a big umbrella. Once you are inside, you will soon become oblivious to the rain while you get busy exploring the exhibits of a museum, a castle or an aquarium. You can also visit the theatre and catch a play or a cultural performance, if you have been planning to see one – what better time?
See if retail therapy will improve your mood. This is especially recommended for those visiting destinations with mega-malls and big shopping centers. Head over to the nearest mall and see if you can find something interesting you would like to bring home with you. You can usually obtain cheaper travel souvenirs while you are there compared to stores in touristy places and dedicated souvenir shops.
If you are big on local atmosphere, then an indoor market is a better alternative for you. It is the best place to soak up the local vibe, get your hands on fresh produce and speak to the locals. If you are an avid photographer, you ill find plenty of colorful and interesting scenes in the area to capture with your camera. Be on the lookout for items or scenes you don’t usually find back home.
Finally, if you are with friends, family members or fellow travelers, you can spend the day indoors and play whatever game you fancy. Since vacations can sometimes get hectic with full itineraries and long haul flights, you can simply spend the day catching up on your sleep. Take advantage of the rainy day and doze off without guilt. Of course, if your hotel has an in-house spa, go ahead and book an appointment. You can then spend the day in pampered bliss and come out of it fully rejuvenated to enjoy the rest of your vacation when the sun and clear sky return.
What do you do on vacation when you have a rainy days?