What a perfect setting. As you made your way to your vacation destination, you found out that it was going to be perfect weather the whole time. Sunny days, 70-80 degrees and it doesn’t seem to have a cloud in the sky. Wow, the gods came together and parted the seas to make this vacation, one of your best yet!
Now back to reality…is this likely? There’s a chance, but it can be quite different. We don’t control the weather, and honestly I wouldn’t want to! Rainy days can actually bring a whole new environment to the table when you’re on vacation. It’s not always the perfect scenario that you were hoping for, but make the best of it.
Our first trip to Europe, we were a bit ignorant to the possibility of bad weather in September. We had made our way to our second leg of the trip. Traveling from London to Paris. London had light rain, but pretty easy to navigate through and it never really caused an issue with our travel itinerary.
In comes the city of Love! Paris was beautiful and we had taken in several days of sightseeing. This was before the heavens broke open on us! We were meeting up with some friends from the states at a local restaurant we could take the train to. We figured, no need for the umbrellas as there was only a chance for rain and we would walk very little. Not the best idea that we’ve had! It poured and poured! Paired with our low level of city knowledge, it made our day even more challenging. Have you ever seen the war movies where a soldier waves a comrade into the next area when it’s clear? This is how it felt as we dodged and weaved for cover on the Paris streets! As we finally made our way to the restaurant, we were drenched! Guess what part of the trip was next? As an avid beer drinker, I fit Brussels in because of my love for Belgian beer. So glad we put it after Paris! I was sniffling and sneezing my way through the city and I couldn’t taste a single beer.
Moving forward to our next trip out to Italy and Greece. As we packed, we reminded ourselves of the previous trip and the scenario that ensued. We packet some rain gear and umbrellas this time. As we made our way from Rome to Athens, once again we were graced with rain. The difference? We planned accordingly. Athens was rainy the entire time we were there. Did it matter? A little bit, but we still got our entire itinerary in. We went early morning to the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. As it poured, we visited the inside of the Acropolis museum. The National Garden was beautiful in the rain. Of course, the smell of freshness is always a fantastic sensation as it pours.
Our favorite recent trip in the rain has to be The Big Island in Hawaii. Zip lining across waterfalls has always been on my bucket list. When we got up from our hotel in Hilo and looked out the window, guess what we saw? I think you get the picture! We made the best of it and surprisingly it almost made the trip better. When we got out to the zip lining area, it felt like our group was the only group anywhere close. There was some type of serenity felt as you screamed across a line to the next platform. What better scenario than coming out of the jungle and seeing a massive waterfall as you zip past it like James Bond chasing a villain.
Some things that we have learned to keep in mind when planning travel:
- Call ahead to attractions to check their chance of bad weather policies. You need a backup plan if they close during these times.
- When you pack, pack accordingly. Pack a small umbrella along with some clothing that has a dry fit to it. Great for hiking or easily getting that water off of you!
- Bring anything you need to protest your gear. Whether it’s a waterproof sleeve for your camera or maybe even a cloth for your glasses. The small stuff can be the biggest annoyance.
Finally, you need to realize that life isn’t all unicorns and sunshine. What fun would that be? Sometimes those unicorns throw you some rain, enjoy it! It’s a different world when the water comes down, embrace this new world. It can lead to a whole new experience that you wouldn’t have imagined.