I am currently on holiday. In Cyprus. In the rain. Yep, I managed 4+ hours on a plane to have similar weather we had back in the UK. And also managed to do this while the UK is actually having glorious weather. I blame my friend who was here last week and obviously took the sunshine home with her.
But it is warm rain and the views are somewhat different. It is more delightful to watch rain hitting the sea than thinking it must stop raining soon as I got lots of errands to run. It’s also peaceful with just the odd dog barking and birds tweeting away merrily in the trees.
The biggest difference is the change in our attitudes. We are not worried about getting this or that done instead we’re decided day by day what we want to do each day. We eat when we want and basically do what we want when we want.
That’s the beauty of holidays, but why can’t we have this every day at home? The weather might be less accommodating but it’s more about our attitudes.
But what do you do when the weather isn’t playing ball on your holiday?
The first thing is to accept that the weather is one of the things in life you can’t control. Complaining about it won’t change the weather. Getting angry won’t change it either. Accepting it will be what it wants to be saved a lot of useless anger.
Ask the locals what they do when it rains. They know the area the best and they will hopefully want you to have a good impression of the place so they should be able to give some ideas of things to do.
Use the rainy days as R&R days. It has been proved that we need days of rest and relaxation and sometimes we need to stop and relax. Curl up with a good book or play games or even a casino game on this site on your mobile whilst surely up on the sofa. Look at this as mother nature would is telling you to stop for a while.
Hire a car and chase the good weather. It doesn’t rain everywhere all the time so check the weather with someone like AccuWeather and go to where it isn’t raining. The opposite of storm chasing but sunshine chasing.
Use the time to catch up with friends back home and add your pictures to your social media site of your trip so far or even screen time the parents, they always appreciate a call when you are away.
Go through your phones pictures and get rid of the double ups and any photos you no longer want. You could even go the extra step and put them into albums to be super organized.
Go to the local supermarket and get local produce and have a go at cooking a local meal. Obviously, this is for self-catering.
You can also use the time to plan out the rest of your holiday whilst keeping an eye on the weather for the rest of the week.
If you are a person, who preplans holiday with trips you have researched before you go, then maybe have a list of rain day activities which you can easily swap to when the weather is bad and keep the outdoor activities to sunnier weather.