When you can’t control the weather

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A rainy day needn’t be a washout

Hit the town

Sunshine destinations revolve around good weather, but cities pretty much keep going regardless. If the weather’s ropey, consider making an urban excursion and take advantage of museums and galleries.

Take refuge in culture

Seek out local cinema and theatre – the smaller the better. This is not only a chance to mug up on local culture (try going to the cinema in India for a wildly different experience) but if you’re lucky you’ll discover an interesting older building to boot. Libraries can be an unusual but welcome refuge. Many have free wi-fi, and any decent one will have a stash of locally themed books to immerse yourself in.

Wrap up and get active

Some outdoor activities (such as surfing) involve getting pretty wet anyway, so consider ways you can hit the beach even if things are inclement. A wetsuit will keep you warm for hours while messing around in the sea you should have pretty much to yourself. For active pursuits like hiking there’s no need to pause if the weather’s bad, only to make sure you’ve got the right gear. Consider packing a quickdrying travel towel if you’re going somewhere it might be soggy.

Make the weather the star

Some buildings are enhanced by rainy weather. An example is the Pantheon in Rome, where visitors can see the surreal sight of rain streaming through the oculus (the hole in the roof) into a Roman temple, and then draining through the floor. And let’s not forget places where stormy skies are the central attraction – the famous Catatumbo lightning storms over Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela even bring in tourists!

This excerpt has been taken from Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips.