I went to Ireland for two weeks and it rained only once.
People still don’t believe me when I tell them I had one rainy day especially since it didn’t get the nickname the Emerald Isle because the plants are dead and brown. It rains all the time.
I apparently went there in a freak moment of weather patterns so thank you Mother Nature. I was excited to visit, but not excited to be wet all the time, so I got lucky.
Warm rain is fine. I actually enjoy walking in the rain as long as I don’t feel like I’ll end up with a terminal illness by the end of it.
Cold, miserable rain is depressing and no one likes it. Except maybe the Grumpy Cat.
It can be difficult when you’re on the road to stay entertained in the rain. I recommend researching the country or destination before you plan your trip so you try not to arrive at the wettest time of year.
However, if you’re reading this because you’re irritated and bored because it’s been raining all day, here are some ideas to put on a happy face.
Visit a museum.
Alright, yes, I know this is obvious but I hate (ok, strongly dislike) museums. Maybe a museum called me ugly once when I was a kid, I don’t know, but I can count on one hand the museums I actually enjoy.
However, when it’s raining I don’t mind so much. I can wander around without thinking about other fun things I could be doing instead. And you can learn, so that’s a bonus.
Go to the local library.
Unlike museums, I LOVE libraries. Almost every major city has a library, and most small towns too. It’s quiet and calm, and you can find a cozy corner to hide in. Read your own book, or grab something off the shelves. Maybe even do some research for your next adventure old-school style with books, and not the Internet. Radical, I know.
There might not be any better way to sleep than during rain. It’s better than those fancy noise machines.
Often when I travel, I am trying to do all the things, so rain gives me an excuse to stay (or crawl back into) bed and be lulled to sleep. No guilt that you’re missing out on something better or wasting a day. Sleep is always a good choice.
I don’t mean a nice long hot shower, although I support this as an activity too. I mean clean your undies, make your bed and dump out your backpack. There is limited space in that thing, and you certainly don’t need half the sh*t you thought you did if you’re on a long trip. Throw things out or give things away. It’s good for the soul.
Write someone a postcard.
Emails are fine if you’re only trying to tell your mother that you are not currently dead. Postcards are AWESOME and everyone likes them. No one gets real mail anymore, and postcards are charming, and break up the sadness of all those bills.
I get a mini thrill any time a friend of mine takes the time to send me one. I feel loved and I feel inspired to go somewhere. Win-win.
Get weird with others.
Everyone else is bored, so do something together. Build a fort in your 4 bunk bed dorm room. Invent a new card game. Have a dance party in the kitchen. Day drink like you don’t have work tomorrow (because you don’t!). Ask weird questions like, when’s the last time you woke up laughing?
Maybe never, but you don’t know until you ask.
Share your favorite things.
I really like doing this with music. If everyone gets out their music device, you can share music and get some ideas for new downloads. I have discovered awesome bands from all around world this way and Shazam-ed like crazy.
It’s also great with food, because everyone likes to eat. Make the best “abroad” version of your country’s national dish (because you can never find the exact right ingredients), and have a potluck!
Embrace the rain.
Like I said, I like walking in warm rain. Especially on a beach. However, even if you are in a cold place, or don’t feel like getting soaked, you can still enjoy the wet. Find a window, or better yet, a covered deck and listen to the natural music Mother Nature has so generously provided.
I find rain calming and sometimes find the most inspiration during storms or find solutions to what bugs me. Lightening is sweet too. Science.
Now get out there and celebrate that you are on vacation! Rainy days are just one more way to enjoy yourself, relax and take it all in.
It’s also an excellent way to make new friends from all over the world, whether they are staying where you are, or talking to locals out and about. Don’t let the rain get you down, get down in the rain!
What’s your favorite rainy day activity?
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