7 Things to Do When It Rains on Your Vacation

As much as we hope for perfect weather on our vacation, Mother Nature is beyond our control, and it’s bound to rain on our plans. It’s easy to get frustrated and allow the rain clouds to ruin our vacation.

But a little rain shouldn’t spoil your fun. With a dash of creativity, some tweaks to your itinerary, and just a bit of pouting, it’s possible to enjoy a rainy afternoon as much as a sunny afternoon. Try one of these fun suggestions.

1. Visit a Food Market / Supermarket

Many food markets are indoors, like the one we visited in Chiang Mai. We spent hours getting to know local produce and eating fried bugs. If there isn’t an indoor food market, head to the grocery store for an equally rich food experience. Turn the excursion into a language lesson by learning new food words from the product placards.

2. Read a Book

On a recent trip to the Riviera Maya, a rainy afternoon forced us indoors. We sat on our balcony lost in our books to the soothing sounds of splashing waves and sprinkling rain. If you need out of your room, most hotels, B&Bs, etc. have public spaces to curl up in. As an alternative, head to a local coffee shop or wine bar to waste away the afternoon with your work of literature while you yourself are wasting away. If you’re out of reading material, see if the hotel has a guest library. It’s a great way to get turned onto a new author.

3. Find a Spa

I don’t know how many times I’ve been on vacation and find myself getting a massage inside a spa on a sunny day. How ridiculous does that sound? I travelled for the sun and beach, yet spend an afternoon or morning indoors at a spa when there are plenty back home that I could visit. The last time I was at the beach, I chose to do a massage on a rainy morning beachside under a thatched hut. With the crashing surf and piddling raindrops, it was one of the most relaxing experiences of my life.

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