When your sunny vacation destination is hit by bad weather, what should you do? You're only there for a limited time, but getting drenched isn't exactly your idea of an enjoyable travel vacation. If rainstorms are predicted for your vacation spot, there are still many things you can do to make your trip memorable. Here are some ideas for coping with rainy vacation weather.
You can find museums, however small, in almost every part of the world that has cities and towns. Small, local museums offer a glimpse into the history and culture of the area you are visiting, and the people who work there are often willing to share information about the exhibits, other local attractions and places to eat.
Shop 'til You Drop
Shopping for souvenirs can be fun, but a visit to a local grocery store, farmer's market or department store will give you a glimpse of what it's like to live at your vacation destination. Wander the aisles and pick up some intriguing food items. Explore the housewares department and see which small appliances and utensils are popular. Find the accessories department and bring home hats, scarves and other small items for the people on your shopping list.
Prepare a Picnic
Picnics are delightful, and indoor picnics are guaranteed to be comfortable and ant-free. Find a grocery store, deli or take-out restaurant and choose some items to take back to your hotel. Create a picnic space at the table or on the floor and enjoy a relaxing, casual meal. If you are staying at a bed and breakfast inn, ask if you can picnic in one of the common areas.
Watch a Film or Play
Even if you are visiting a foreign country, you can enjoy a movie or theater production and stay out of the rain at the same time. You may be able to find a movie theater that offers films with English subtitles, but it's also fun to watch movies in their original language. Consider attending a play production, opera, dance performance or concert if you can't find a movie theater.
Turn on the Television
Most of us try to avoid watching television while on vacation, but you might want to grab the remote if bad weather affects your vacation plans. First, you'll be able to figure out when the rain will stop, and second, you will have the chance to watch local news and other programs. Don't worry if the broadcast is in another language; you will be able to decipher the weather forecast, and you might find yourself caught up in a documentary program or game show episode.
Catch Up on Emails and Edit Your Photos
If bad weather traps you in your hotel room, take advantage of the time and catch up on all the things travelers want to do but can't find time in which to do them. Back up your photographs and write captions for them. Reply to a few emails. Write postcards and travel journal entries. Organize your maps and travel brochures. Make some plans for tomorrow – after checking the weather forecast, of course.
Take a Nap
Napping while on vacation can relieve stress and help you return home feeling truly relaxed. Rainy afternoons provide the perfect excuse for taking a nap, not that you should need a reason to nap while you are on a trip. Kick off your shoes and rest for a while; you will wake with more energy and be ready for the rest of your day.
Of course, there's always the obvious solution – grab your poncho or umbrella and go out into the rain. You may not take perfect photographs, but you'll always have the memories.