For many, the desire of a holiday promising long days of uninterrupted sunshine is often at the top of their wish list. However there are huge benefits for those choosing to travel during the ‘rainy season’, including an abundance of wildlife, lower flight, hotel and tour prices as well as enjoying the opportunity to explore new destinations without the large tourist crowds.

Weather charts and guide books can often provide confusing and quite misleading information when describing destinations during the ‘rainy season’ so it pays to do your research. In some destinations around the world, the rainy season is as you would imagine; furiously fast, non-stop monsoon rains. However in others, the season merely consists of short, sharp showers accompanied by wonderfully dry spells. It can provide comfortable temperatures, impressive tropical thunderstorms, fantastic wildlife-spotting opportunities and is often the harvest of fruit and vegetables during this time.

We have selected just a few examples of why travel at this time of year can be very rewarding:

European Cities –
The most popular time of year for a European city break is over the spring and summer months and during winter’s festive season, when many cities host traditional Christmas markets. Travelling outside of these times (avoiding the school holidays, of course!) will save you £££’s however the chance of rain showers are more likely and, like all weather, unpredictable! Europe’s cities boast an impressive café culture and superb restaurants which offer the perfect excuse to take a relaxing break, shelter from any passing showers and sample the local cuisine. Museums, art galleries, concerts and shopping malls are also not dictated by the weather!

Caribbean Islands
- Rain showers in the Caribbean can often be a welcome and refreshing relief from the humidity. Rain during the months of June and November is often short, sharp showers and more major downpours tend to be localised and often over as quickly as they start. Temperatures do not vary greatly year-round so when you are relaxing on your sun lounger, you’ll forget whether it is July or January!

Costa Rica – Regarded locally by the tourism industry as the ‘Green Season’, the months of May and June sees the start of the rainy season and a dip in visitor numbers which makes exploring the national parks far more pleasurable without the crowds. Surfing opportunities are also superb at this time of year! In some regions, the rainfall only lasts for as little as a couple of hours before returning to brilliant sunshine.

Thailand – The rainy season in Thailand is defined during the calendar months from July to October. There are many festivals which take place in the low season and travellers can enjoy great prices during this period. Whilst not ideal for beach lovers, the reduced humidity provides ideal conditions for exploring and sightseeing.

Kerala – With not one, but two rainy seasons, India’s coastal resort of Kerala has the southwest monsoons which arrive in June followed by the northeast monsoons in October. The monsoon season in Kerala is not relentless, it showers for a few hours before breaking with sunshine and clouds. During this period, this area of southern India is alive with vibrant colour, lush flora and fauna as well as impressive waterfalls.

Zimbabwe – The wet season in Zimbabwe takes place during the months from November to March and is one of the most exciting times to witness newborn wildlife as many animals give birth in the wet season. Birdwatching is excellent at this time of year as many migratory birds can be spotted. Prices are at their lowest at this time of year too.


Travel Tips & Suggestions

  • Expect the unexpected - weather is hard to predict so you may travel in the wet season and not see a drop of rain! Likewise, it is possible to experience rain showers anywhere at any time of year so always pack your brolly and a good poncho!
  • Take layers of clothes which consist of quick drying materials.
  • Research the areas you wish to visit and plan your journey carefully. Consider avoiding areas which are most affected during very bad weather and prone to experiencing landslides, flash flooding etc.
  • Avoid taking a swim in the sea during bad weather – undercurrents can be extremely dangerous and are often stronger in bad weather.
  • Plan your daily activities on holiday in accordance with the weather forecast – if it’s going to be wet, consider booking into the hotel spa for a pamper session or time in a museum or gallery!
  • Keep your luggage dry with re-sealable plastic bags. Dry bags are also excellent, especially for keeping your phone, tablet and other electrical gadgets dry.
  • Avoid the very wettest months in destinations where rain is relentless.

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