Rainy day on holiday? Here are five things you could do

Most of us go on holiday to experience some sunny weather and get outdoors- so when it’s a rainy day on holiday it can be pretty frustrating, to say the least. But instead of sitting around in your hotel room waiting for it to pass, there are plenty of other things you can be getting on with to make the most of your time.art-creative-exhibition-20967

Explore the museums and galleries

Museums and galleries are often dotted around tourist destinations, they can usually give you a good insight to the history and culture of the place you’re in. Because they’re indoors they’re ideal for rainy days.

Before you jet off, do a bit of research and find out what kinds of museums they have at the place you’re going to visit. Even if the museums or galleries aren’t your first choice of things to do, if you get a day where it’s pouring with rain you’ll have some options to consider. cathedral-catholic-christianity-3478

Check out the religious buildings

Religious buildings like churches, cathedrals, monasteries, abbeys, mosques and temples can all be fascinating places to visit. Have a look at seeing if there are any that are open to the public that you can visit while you’re away.

If you’re exploring a particularly religious part of the world, it can be an interesting way to find out more about a place and most of these kinds of establishments are incredibly friendly and welcoming to the public. action-architecture-billboard-1486222

Watch a show

If you’re in a destination that’s famous for its theatre then why not watch a show? If you’re in New York City you could check out Broadway shows, or in London head to the West End.

It’s something you could do as a family, with a group of friends or with a partner depending who you’re travelling with and the type of show you go and watch.

Even if you’re at a place with a smaller theatre it could be well worth watching a show and could end up being the highlight of your trip! If you fancy something super sophisticated, you could even watch an opera or the ballet. aerial-artistic-bright-1291448

Visit an indoor tourist attraction

If you’re in quite a tourist-y kind of destination then chances are there will be a number of indoor things to do.

Everything from water parks to zoos and more – many of which will be indoors. Again, it’s a good idea to have a look at what’s around in the place you’re going to visit so you have plans when the rain starts to fall and you’re not stuck in your hotel room all day. beautiful-black-friday-blur-974911

Go shopping

Finally, a bit of retail therapy is always good when you’re on holiday so why not hit the shopping malls. Have a look around interesting shops and indoor markets, find some bargains and pick up your travel souvenirs. 

What sorts of things do you do on a rainy day on holiday? Do you sit around and wait for it to pass, or seize the time you have and find other things to do?

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Carmen has been nomadic since May 2013 and the co-founder of Double-Barrelled Travel. She loves experiencing new cultures and learning new languages. She is having the most fun when skiing down a mountain, scuba diving in the Caribbean or curled up with a good book.

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