When it rains, it pours – or at least, when it rains on tour, you can’t exactly make it stop. But there’s no reason to let it ruin your adventure. Here are our top picks for making the most of rainy weather while you’re traveling.
Get your culture fix at a museum
If you need to sit out a storm, nothing will keep you dry like browsing some of the world’s best art—indoors. Some of our favorites? The Louvre in Paris or the Museo del Prado in Madrid. And with over 50 museums in Amsterdam–from the Van Gogh museum to the Rijksmuseum–there’s enough to keep you occupied until the sun comes out.
Hide out in the library
If you’re looking for an experience that’s a little more off the beaten path, make your way to one of the public libraries. The Royal Danish Library in Copehagen, Denmark is an incredible display of architecture, while the Trinity College Library, the oldest library in Ireland, is an absolute must-see.
Sip on cappucinos in a local cafe
If you’re caught in an unexpected rain shower, it’s the perfect excuse to duck into that tiny little cafe that caught your eye. Chat up the servers to find out the local drink of choice, then indulge until the rain lets up.
Catch up on correspondence
If you have some free time but the weather outside is less than desirable, start catching up on all those postcards and emails you’ve been meaning to send. You’ll check some to-dos of your list so you can get out and continue exploring once the weather improves.
See a movie
Sure, you can do this at home, but the experience abroad will be completely unique. There’s something decidedly exciting about catching a popular movie in a foreign language—just make sure you find one in English with subtitles (as opposed to dubbed over in the local language) if you don’t want to miss any of the plot. Or for a bit more culture, find the nearest independent cinema.
Stock up on souvenirs
There’s no better time to visit the local shopping markets than on a rainy day. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest (and oldest) covered markets in the world, where you’ll get to browse ceramics, rugs and jewelry from local artisans and pick up some souvenirs to take home.
Have you been caught in the rain while traveling? What are your tips for making the most of it? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us at @goaheadtours.