5 Things to Do on Rainy Travel Days

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Every time you go on holiday you hope for beautiful sunny days. Personally, I am obsessed with the weather and I tend to start checking the forecast a solid ten days out from the trip. I live for the tiny sun icon and its apt description "abundant sunshine." When you're traveling you just want to wake up on the first day of your trip, stick your head out the window, and see this:


Unfortunately, the reality that is Real Life means that sometimes the view from your window looks a little more like this:


Or maybe there's a thunderstorm, or it's 110 degrees and you can't spend more than a minute outside without sweating your ears off. Maybe all you wanted for your vacation was to sit in the sun, people watch, or walk around a new city. Bad weather often throws a wrench in our plans, so here are a few suggestions for rainy travel days.

1. GO SEE A MUSEUM


If you're visiting a city, you probably have a museum on your to-see list. I like to look ahead at the weather forecast before my trip and pencil in museum trips on rainy days. If the rain is unexpected and you've already seen all the museums you planned to, take advantage of the situation and find one you wouldn't normally see. Most medium to large cities have at least a smattering of unique museums  and you may never have taken the time to see them in good weather.

2. GO SHOPPING

Okay, okay, maybe shopping is an odd suggestion. However, many cities have indoor food markets, or historic and beautiful department stores. If you're stuck for something to do you might as well buy the obligatory family gifts while your at it (and something for yourself too)! Shopping can be a great way to escape the wet streets, and collect the ten mini bottles of wine you're bringing back for your relatives.

3. VISIT A LIBRARY


Rainy days are meant for reading, right? Libraries are great places to soak up local atmosphere and culture. If you are visiting a big city or a capital city, ask around for any particularly striking libraries. National and flagship libraries are often grand inside and out. Plus, most libraries are free to the public (even non-residents).

4. SEE A SHOW

Is there a theater nearby? Or a famous ballet company in the city? There are no end of options for stage entertainment in a big city, but even small cities and towns often have some form of a show, be it opera, ballet, or a dinner and skit, performances are a great way to engage in local culture.

5. SETTLE IN AT A CAFE OR PASTRY SHOP



If you're bummed about missing some people watching, cafes can be great places to observe the locals. Bring a book or some friends and cozy up at a corner table with a warm drink and something sweet to chase away the bad weather.


I hope some of these tips will help brighten your rainy travel days!
If you have any tips of your own, please share them below.

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