So you’ve planned a holiday. You’re all psyched up to get away, relax and do some exciting new things …. only to finally be on your holiday and find that the weather is TOTALLY awful. The full shebang! It’s raining, it’s overcast, it’s windy, and just plain crappy. But you’ve waited for this holiday and damn it, you’re going to make the most of it.
Sound familiar? This happened to me only a couple of weeks ago. The rain has been hitting Sydney pretty hard in the past couple of weeks so I know that I’m not the only one pondering what to do on those awful cold and rainy days.
So what exactly are you going to do so that you still get the most out of your break (or weekend)?
Relax! First and most important activity. No matter what the weather, you need to let yourself forget all the stresses of your usually hectic everyday life and just chill out. Both physically and mentally. So try and sleep in a little bit, read a book or magazine, listen to some music, and let yourself enjoy not having to be anywhere or do anything unless you decide that you want to.
Read. There is nothing better than getting stuck into a great book while you’re on a break. Reading is generally something that a lot of people love to do but struggle to actually find the time to do so. It’s relaxing for the body and stimulating for the mind. It’s also great for passing the time quickly if you’re hoping to ride out the rain and catch a glimpse of sun. A winning break time activity for sure.
Pamper yourself. Light some candles, crack out the aromatherapy bubble bath and take a long and glorious bath. Not only is a bath good for relaxing the body and for hydrating the skin with some glorious bath oils, but also it’s very calming for the mind. If you’re not quite in the mood for a DIY job, make an appointment at a Day Spa to enjoy being pampered the luxurious way.
Fun, indoor activities. For a fun but low key activity, hit up the movies. For a higher intensity activity, try something like TenPin Bowling. It’s a great group activity to consider if there are a few of you and you’ve all been sitting around bored.
If you happen to be in Port Douglas up the north of Queensland (like I was just two weeks ago), definitely hop along to the hilariously amazing cane toad racing at Ironbar for a bit of fun. The cane toads are colour coded, placed on a long table, and the first toad to reach the end of the table earns their chosen jockey a prize. You can find these races being run at various pubs and taverns throughout Queensland.
OR if you live in Sydney, a bit of smashing comedy might tickle your fancy. The Comedy Store in Moore Park is the home of many a great comedy night. It’s run by the folks who bring us the Sydney Comedy Festival so you can expect some quality laughs from a night out here. It’s knee slappin’ good!
Dinner. It’s pouring down with rain and you are low on activity ideas. So what do you do? …. Eat! There are so many lovely cafes and restaurants hanging around these days. You never know, you might just stumble across a new fave lunch/dinner spot.
Do something in the rain. Go for a swim in the rain, it’s super refreshing and fun. Not if there is thunder and lightening going on though. Avoid the outdoor swim in these conditions. Being hit by lightening is not fun.
Is there anything in particular you enjoy doing on a bad weather day?