When it comes to world travel, sunny days are ideal. But, there’s no reason to let an unexpected rain shower ruin your adventure! Here are some of the best ways to make the most of rainy weather when you’re on the road.
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 a public library. The Royal Danish Library in Copehagen, Denmark, is an incredible display of architecture, while Dublin’s Trinity College Library, the oldest library in Ireland, is an absolute must-see.
Sip a cappuccino 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, catch up on all those postcards and emails you’ve been meaning to send to friends and family back home. You can tell them all about the amazing things you’ve experienced, and then 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 exciting about catching a popular movie in a foreign language—just make sure you find one with English 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 or tweet us at @goaheadtours.