50 Exciting things to do on a rainy day while traveling
There is a chance that your vacation involves rain. Some people bring an umbrella with them and go on, while others face difficulties staying entertained in the rain. This post includes 50 exciting things you can do on a rainy day while traveling.
I hope the rain has already cleared by the time you get to the end of this list. If not, I hope you’ve got some ideas for how to spend the rest of your rainy travel itinerary.
Indoor activities to do on a rainy day while traveling
Throw a room party
Ever wondered what an epic hotel room party or hostel party was like? Why not throw one yourself!
Try the local delicacies
Research the top 10 local delicacies and try at least one of them!
Watch the rain
Just looking to the rain can be very peaceful! Or depressing if you want to go outside…
Enjoy a weird activity
Build a fort in your 4-bunk bed dorm room or organize a dance party in the shared kitchen.
Organize your phone
Delete old photos, organize your contacts, delete some applications, just take your time to organize your phone.
Write someone a postcard
Postcards are amazing and everybody likes them! Send some post cards about your travel experience.
Do some puzzles
Exercise your brain with some puzzles.
Write some reviews
Stayed somewhere good? Eaten a great dish? Share your experience online.
Write a bucket list
Places you still like to visit? Dishes you still like to try? Write a bucket list. You can find my bucket list with 150 things to do before I die here. You can also write a bucket list regarding a specific subject like a things you still want to do in a certain town or a food bucket list.
Read some blogs
From travel tips to personal stories and life journeys to anecdotes and recipes, the internet is filled with brilliant blogs to follow.
Do some meditation
A rainy day is a great day to do some meditation.
Catch up on your Instagramming
Place some of your photos on your Instagram account. You’ll find us on Instagram here.
Listen to music
Music is always nice to hear! Just lay down at your bed or catch up with some friends, and listen to some (travel) tunes or some travel podcasts. You can go outside and look for some live music!
Go to a game hall to play some arcade games or play a game in the ho(s)tel.
Get together with some people and learn about other international kitchens. Go outside and try some local dishes or participate in a cooking class. If you’re tight on budget, it’s also fun to cook a traditional snack or dish from your homecountry for other people in your ho(s)tel.
Take a nap
Take a nap, but don’t forget to set your alarm.
Learn a new language
Use your time to learn some of the local language. A good application on your phone to do so is ´Duolingo´.
Learn how to play a music instrument
If you’re staying in a hostel, you won’t have to search hard to find some sort of musical instrument. Try to learn some tunes!
Organize your luggage
Being stuck inside is a great time to organize your luggage! Read our 20 useful tips for packing your backpack!
Catch up on your messaging
I always have some messages that I forget to answer. Open your messenger and start that conversation that you were planning on a long time ago.
Enter some travel competitions
Have some (travel) competitions with your friends.
Do some trip planning
A rainy day while traveling is the perfect moment to plan your (next) trip.
Make some new friends
Those people hanging around in the common area or waiting room are probably bored too. Strike up a conversation and perhaps you make new friends.
Keep your journal up to date
I always write down my travel experiences. A rainy day is a good moment to write a little.
Do some yoga
Find an inside place where you can follow a yoga class or when you are already familiar with yoga, you can do it in your ho(s)tel.
Drawing is good for your brain and can be much fun!
Get day drunk
Always fun idea, but make sure to drink responsibly!
Organize a movie day
When you really have nothing to do, it might be fun to watch some movies or documentaries. You can find the 60 best travel movies ever in this post!
Sort your photos into albums
Sort your photos! Delete the blurry ones, organize them into albums, and create a slideshow for your friends and family.
Use the time hiding inside, to call some of your beloved ones. Call your mum, dad, grandma, or one of your great friends!
Do your laundry
One of the dullest things to do while travelling; doing your laundry. However, doing this on a rainy day while traveling is a win-win situation, because you can’t go outside anyway.
Outdoor activities to do on a rainy day while traveling
Embrace the rain
Instead of running away from the rain, walk out into it. Grab an umbrella and continue your travel itinerary.
Go to the cinema
Go watch a movie at the local cinema or at a bar that organizes a movie marathon or movie night.
Search a good book
I love to stroll around libraries on rainy days. Go visit a library or bookstore, hide in a cozy corner, and do some reading. Check out my list of the 44 best travel books of all time.
Go on a pubcrawl
Gather with friends and organize a pubcrawl! Remember to drink responsible.
Visit a museum
Museums always get busier on rainy days, but you can avoid that long line at the ticket counter by buying tickets online before you go.
Go visit local craft shops, clothing stores, or local supermarkets, and do some shopping.
Go on a coffee crawl
Are you a coffee lover or a pie lover? Go find the little local coffee shops and enjoy a cake, coffee, or cup of tea.
Take some photos
Go outside and make some amazing photographs. Rainy days can offer some very interesting shots.
Go to a spa
Visiting a spa is also a great idea on a rainy day. Try a massage, manicure, pedicure, sauna, or typical bathhouse experience.
Find an indoor or heated swimming pool
You can still have the holiday feel of warm water by finding a covered or heated swimming pool.
Look for underground activities
A good moment to explore underground tourist attractions, is when it is raining. Think about mines or caves.
Learn how things are made
Learn more about the handicrafts or local food from the place you are visiting. Go visit the local cheese factory, chocolate bar, wood carver, or Jewelry factory.
Find a daytime ‘night’ club.
At certain cities, you can find a nightclub at any time of the day.
Go for a workout
Try the fitness room of your hotel or go for a run outside. Running in the rain is very refreshing.
Visit the local religious establishment
Regardless of whether you’re religious or not, the local religious building can provide refuge from the rain and most of these structures are usually impressive. Keep the local customs in mind while visiting. On the photos below you can see the bone church of Kutna Hora.
Go for a long lunch or dinner
Get stuck in a restaurant and enjoy some good food.
Book a homestay
When staying at a local homestay or AirBnB accommodation, you are more likely to get into contact with a local. See how locals tackle rainy days or cook together some authentic dishes.
Take the hop on hop off city sightseeing bus
If there is a hop on hop off city sightseeing bus at the place you are visiting, it might be a good way to sightsee while staying dry (at least if you stay inside the bus).
Go wine or beer tasting
Visit a local brewery or wine location, and learn about the local drink.
This is the list with 50 exciting things you can do on a rainy day while traveling. Any suggestions to add? Let me know in the comment section below.
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Wyld Family Travel (@wyldfamtravel)
Some great ideas here. We travel with kids so rainy day activities are important for all our sanity
We’ve just come back from Cape Town and did have some rainy days. We decided to take a cable car ride anyway and then went to the pub. Yoga would have been a much healthier option and one I would also have enjoyed but the friends I was travelling with are not into it
Sorry to hear that, but a cable car ride and pub visit also sounds like a nice option!
I hate the rain so it is always disappointing when it rains and I’m travelling! If I’m only away for the weekend I brave it as much as I can, and go to museums and nice foodie places, but as I usually travel long term I tend to do practical things like laundry and trip planning. But day drinking is always a good option too!! 😉
All great ideas! My rainy days are usually spent visiting museums, hanging out in cafes, or if I am feeling really lazy – bingewatching Netflix! I remember visiting Mallorca in Spain last year and doing these on an especially rainy day there. It’s great if you make the most of it :).
Hey! We did #2 and #3 from the list last year in Bali. We just watched the rain while enjoyed our breakfast.