Rainy Day Activities to Do While Traveling in Europe
Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Anita Hendrieka
It’s over; I better kiss my travel plans goodbye! You keep repeating to yourself. It’s all but natural to harbor these thoughts once you check the weathercast and, sure enough, you find out that your travel plans – the very ones that used to put a smile on your face – now feels almost suffocating due to the overwhelming thoughts of having to worry about umbrellas and wet clothes. Or maybe it is the case that you never thought what traveling might look like when it’s raining.
Try Something New
In any case, stick around with an open mind; after all – you couldn’t have possibly enjoyed what wasn’t on your mind in the first place. To some, embracing the rain and chilling indoors is nothing short of a dream-come-true. To others, indulging in activities that they’d never thought they’d get into just might be the right mindset. What sort of activities, you might ask! How about attempting to become a wine connoisseur and make that dream you once had as an edgy teenager come true. If you’re anything like me, you’d find that you’ve had your fair share of wine tasting but never had the chance to put it to the test. Acker Wines is what comes to mind if one wants to rekindle with their ever-unnoticed artsy side!
Bike or Hike
Let’s admit it; we’re calling it the ‘comfort zone’ for a reason! After all, the thought of drinking a hot chocolate while curled up on the couch, looking at the rain outside, isn’t all that bad. However, that comes at the cost of later beating yourself up for spending your traveling-time strictly indoors. There are great rewards in motivating yourself to get out of bed and make do with what you have in store, activity-wise.
If you’re the kind of person that can make this happen, then we got great news as you’re about to learn more on what it takes to make the most out of biking and hiking. After all, you want to feel what Europe has to offer when it is raining rather than reminiscing about your previous visits when the sun was out and about.
I can go on and on about why biking is fun. Simply put, it is economical, environmental, and most importantly – good for your health. Now that the prospect of a sunny day is nowhere near possible, investing in the right equipment is necessary. Lacking the right equipment is only worrisome if you don’t know where to look. Luckily, online stores offer a wide choice of the right equipment for rainy days – you will certainly find solace in skimming through products that could potentially change your outlook towards outdoor activities as a whole.
However, if you find that biking isn’t for you, worry not, my concerned friend, as there are always other activities to indulge in. What better way to enjoy what mother nature has to offer than by going for a hike and reconnecting with your “self”? Don’t get me wrong, the raining factor surely adds to the anxiety of embarking on such a journey, but we’re hell-bent on alleviating some of the anxieties you might be feeling. How? First and foremost, let’s get your outfit set up by skimming through the list of the best rain pants. Now that you’re all set up, depending on the country you’re in, make sure to read about the ins and outs of hiking rules specific to that region.
To Free the Mind or Not to Free the Mind
As the saying goes – freedom is a state of mind. There is great pleasure in spontaneity, and unfortunately, the more we grow up, the less we put ourselves out there to experience new things. Creating new habits is as hard as getting rid of bad ones. The thought of a ruined holiday because of rain is all the more depressing if you’re not content with the state of mind you’re currently in. As such, you might want to consider practicing meditation and giving yourself the time to enjoy YOU.
I find it rather soothing when I go for a lengthy walk, either alone or with a loved one, on a rainy day – aimlessly. The trick here is to aim for clarity and peace of mind, to become present in the moment, and feel and observe the feelings rather than reacting to them. That, in essence, is the pinnacle of freedom. Researchers at Leiden University and Uppsala University have done a thorough study on how moderate-walking could affect our psyche. They concluded that walking increased positive affect and decreased negative affect.
Can you achieve the same without heading out? Of course you can! Fix yourself a nice cup of tea, look for a fun movie, look in the mirror and say this: there is no way I’m letting the rain ruin my day! We’re emotional beings, so a little pep-talk with a dash of ‘fake it until you make it’ mindset could go a long way.
Time Well Spent
It is no secret that when the reality is different from what we’d imagined, we feel bad. We almost always forget that when a door gets closed on us, another one opens up, and it’s up to us to find that one entry and, once found, motivate ourselves to actually get up and open it. Remember, regretting inaction can and will overtop regretting failure. With failure, you’re presented with the opportunity to grow and learn from your mistakes. Regretting inaction, however, breeds obsessive loop thoughts and depressive behaviors.
The tips presented here are for a wide range of audiences. Some of them might ‘click’ with you, while others might not. At the end of the day, there are only two types of people when faced with a situation like this. You’re either ‘Ugh, it’s raining’ or ‘YAY, it’s raining,’ and believe me, it’s up to you which one you’d want to be.