It’s the rainy season once again but who says it won’t be fun to travel during this time? Ey, if you know how to take advantage of the weather, you got all those beautiful places in your bucket list that’s all for yourself. Yey! So, let the adventure begin!
FACTS AND TIPS
ONE. It may be the rainy season but that does not mean that it would rain the whole month, like all 30 days??
Tip: Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast and try to do your main travels when it is not raining.
TWO. Because it’s the rainy season, trip schedules are scarce, else, many times fully-booked. But depending on where you are going, fares could either be more expensive or really cheap.
Tip: From the moment you thought of going somewhere, check all possible ticketing sources first — online, terminals and even malls.
THREE. Be mindful that sea travel during this time could be more wavy than usual while road travel could be slippery and even foggy.
Tip: Don’t take anything acidic, better yet just eat soda crackers to balance acidity so as to keep you from throwing up. Still, be prepared for possible sea sickness or delays and do not forget to bring some motion sickness tablets or ointment — of course, also a waste bag just in case. If you’re traveling in your own vehicle, have your tank filled and make sure that everything is in good working condition — especially the brakes, lights, horn and tires.
FOUR. Roads outside cities are mostly clear of vehicles during actual rains, it’s usually within the city and those still on their way out that’s where there could be traffic congestion.
Tip: More than being updated with the weather, it’s always better to travel as early as you could. Research about your destination and its points of interest to save travel time as rain could affect things like visibility and could also cause vexation.
FIVE. Actual traveling means you’re just going to sit the whole time in a plane, boat, train, bus or car, so no need to be fashionable.
Tip: Wear something comfortable and better yet, just your ‘second-hand’ clothes since you could just sweat or get dusty. Bringing hand towels would be real helpful especially in tropical places.
SIX. Though traveling light is advised (even for year-round travelers, hey, would you actually want to carry half of your house?), you could end up carrying a lot more during this time if you are not mindful.
Tip: Bring disposables instead of your regular stuff, else, your least used items during your trip so you could just dispose them when you reach your destination or after each activity if they get totally worn out. Else, especially if you are a year-round traveler, only bring a few pairs of good clothes then just buy used clothing (in flea markets or ‘ukay-ukay’, here there are very cheap items) to serve as your everyday attire — wash and use them until they wear out.
SEVEN. One thing that makes traveling during the rainy season tough is that you have to secure not only yourself but your ‘unwettable’ belongings from getting, well, wet and dirty.
Tip: If you don’t have a waterproof kind of bag, segregate your things and place them in small plastics before putting them inside your lone bag (especially if you only have a week of adventure and during an LPA). This is no different from using a waterproof pouch for your cellphone. Now, if you would be away for more than a week then use, say, three bags. For your gadgets and accessories. For life’s essentials. For your clothing. Just monitor your laundry.
EIGHT. Rains bring in a different kind of thrill yet could cause you some inconvenience if you fail to bring ‘overlooked’ necessities.
Tip: Must-haves include 3-fold umbrella or jacket, flip flops, cap, flashlight, Swiss knife, first aid kit and extras like cash. Unless you are going to a cold place, ideally, don’t bring pants — it’s raining!
NINE. Be ready to get wet with rain if ever, it’s the rainy season after all. Yet while it’s fun, it could also cause colds and flu for some.
Tip: Make sure you thoroughly wet (quick shower if you got soaked) yourself when you reach your hostel. If ever, also be ready with your ascorbic acid and paracetamol — should be in your first aid kit.
TEN. Most small convenience stores could be closed during bad weather especially in remote areas, more so, if there is flooding.
Tip: It won’t hurt to bring a couple of canned foods and crackers or fruits just in case you got delayed in the middle of nowhere. And do not forget a bottle of drinking water!
ELEVEN. Wherever you may be, it is obviously more expensive to ask someone to drive you around (like, ‘pakyaw’ in the Philippines). Money spent here is some cash you could use for unexpected things.
Tip: If you want to save on tour guides or drivers, don’t hesitate to hike those short distances — hiking is an adventure in itself. Just politely ask the locals for necessary directions.
TWELVE. Renting a scooter or a bicycle is more cost effective than ‘pakyaw’, but your unfamiliarity of the place could waste you a lot of time and gas. Worse, it could endanger you (especially on wet roads) if you are unaware of broken bridges, flooding or fallen trees.
Tip: Be alert. Make sure your GPS is working, verify directions and be sure that your rented scooter is well-conditioned — brakes and lights work while tires are not flat or worn out.
Being genuinely friendly and respectful could go a long, long way.
Happy and safe travels!