Whether to go? What is the weather?

Once I had a couple come to my desk, (years ago when we still had walk-in clients,) and tell me they were getting married on the first of November. They wanted to go skiing on their honeymoon.I told them that it likely wasn’t going to happen. Why? Think of it…early November – no snow has arrived for skiing in North America or Europe. And in New Zealand it already melted!

Then there was the couple who wanted to go to Phuket, Thailand in September, but changed their minds after I told them the average rain fall is 15 inches that month!  Sometimes I wish honeymooners would decide on the honeymoon destination before they choose a wedding date!

Most places have rainy seasons. Even Hawaii is not particularly warm and dry in January.Most of the western Caribbean is subject to hurricanes; Belize and Costa Rica are very wet in August and September.

Then there is the Mediterranean, which most consider warm. Well, it is, compared to many of the world’s oceans. But come fall and winter, the Sea gets very cool and is not swimming weather.  Even the Red Sea was cool when I dove in December…

Alaska and the Northwest are warmed by the Japanese current. It is the warm water and the dry air that keep the northern coast so nice in August.  Seattle can go weeks without a drop of rain. Alaska’s coast is best in the dry mid summer, when the salmon run up stream.  Many animals eat the fatty salmon to put on weight for the winter.  The sea lions, seals and otters are most active eating. And the bears will come to the coast to find the freshest of salmon.  Even the eagles are about gathering salmon.   The whales do not eat the salmon but are finding lots of creel in the warm Alaskan waters. It is quite the circle of life – a must see!

Bermuda is kept warm all year by the Gulf Stream.  Winter can be great golf weather but not beach weather. It is that same Stream that keeps Iceland and the British Isles warm.  Ireland may be wet in the winter but it is well above freezing, despite it northern location.

Despite the cooler or damp weather, many places are wonderful off season.  I have toured Paris and Rome during the month of January.  November has afforded me many pleasant trips around Italy. When a noon shower comes, just find a trattori and enjoy a long lunch.

Last story in the world of weather is one of my favorite to tell. My first scuba diving trip after I being certified (24 years ago!) was to Bonaire. Now Bonaire is a desert coral island with no fresh water.  They splash salt water onto the flats to make salt! It is very dry and very warm, located just off the equator.  But when I went in May to dive: it rained 6 out of the 8 days!  Go figure. 🙂

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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