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What to do when it rains in....

Published February 6th, 2013

It’s your first day on holiday. You wake up in a new place eager to explore its beautiful attractions, jumping out of bed like a kid on Christmas morning and opening the curtains in a dramatic fashion. But then…disaster! It’s raining. Rain was not part of the plan!

 

Before your bottom lip starts to quiver though, rain doesn’t have to equal a ruined holiday. And it doesn’t necessarily mean having to read the Twilight series either (unless that’s your thing).To turn that frown upside down we have listed some of our favourite things to do on holidays when it rains – and none of them involve vampire books.

 

When it rains in New York - go bowling

For some indoor fun American style, why not strap on some silly shoes and take your energy out on some balls of the bowling variety. Bowlmor in Times Square is a great place to get a strike, with over 50 lanes and seven unique lounges. With burgers and cocktails also available, we can’t really think of a better way to have fun in the rain.

 

When it rains in Bali – start cooking

Rainy day blues just don’t exist at Balinese cooking classes. The island is home to a wide range of cooking schools ideal for amateur cooks and professional eaters. Most classes will begin at the vibrant markets where you can learn all about the local produce and pick up ingredients to cook with. Once at the cooking school, professional chefs will teach you all about the local flavours and signatures dishes such as pork in sweet soy sauce, green papaya salad with prawns and the classic Nasi Goreng.

 

When it rains in Hawaii – go under water

Where in Hawaii can you go under water without getting wet? The Maui Ocean Center of course. Located in Maalaea on Maui, the centre is an aquarium and marine science area complete with a 5-foot-long clear tunnel under water. It is here you can enjoy a 240 degree view of tropical fish, sharks and stingrays swimming around and over you. Other highlight exhibits in the centre include tanks of moon jellies as well as a touch tide pool and turtle lagoon.

 

When in rains in Los Angeles – fly high

Sky diving in the rain might not be so much fun, but ski diving at iFly Hollywood sure will be. The indoor skydiving centre has a vertical wind tunnel so powerful that you can literally fly above it. With the feeling of free falling, iFly is a great way to experience the adrenaline of sky-diving without the fear of heights.

 

When it rains in Fiji – head to the spa

With much of its attractions relying on sunny days (for which there are many), rainy weather in Fiji can be quite disappointing. But it doesn't have to be. With numerous day spas on the island, a tropical Fiji holiday can be relaxing rain, hail or shine. One of our favourites is the Hilton Resort and Spa located on Denaru Island.

 

When it rains in Bangkok – hit the high notes

Rain in Bangkok means there’s only one place to go; Ratchadaphisek! The undercover district is a hub for indoor fun with clubs, bars, cinemas, shopping, go-karts, dance floors, ice skating, bowling and karaoke rooms. Try your hand at hitting the high notes at the Blu-O Rhythm and bowl where Thai ladies treat karaoke as a sport and glow in the dark bowling is ideal for those phobic of the microphone.

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.