Do I write a lot about the weather? Seems as if I have written similar recently. Please excuse if I did. The weather does have a lot to do with our travel plans. Unless of course you are such a hardy soul that neither rain nor snow, sun and heat will keep you from traveling. Otherwise the questions are simple.
The answers are usually why, where, when and with whom we are going to travel. Why? If travel is for work then we plan to go. If it is a normally inclement season, allowing a little extra time is a very prudent thing to do. Planning a once in a life time beach holiday during September or October in the Caribbean or Mexico may not be the best of plans. Therefore, where and when are most important. If you are going to a city it often does not matter if it is hot or cold, dry or wet. We dress accordingly and go. I remember fondly sitting wearing winter coats in front of the Pantheon in Rome one cool January afternoon with a friend. On the other hand I also remember being in Barcelona in August when the heat was suffocating, I could hardly walk. So where and when go very much together. I have a wonderful weather almanac. It offers weather trends. The usual rain fall and temperatures. Of course now it is probably a bit off in all categories. And lastly with whom? Know your travel partners’ needs and wishes. Have that conversation a head of time. What if it pours, what will we do?
One last thought. Do remember thinking of the weather here and there. If it is inclement here you will need to plan extra time to get there. Especially when taking a cruise. Also if it is cold here but warm there, you do not need to take that winter coat. Plan to not be outside for long. You can run through the snow in sandals. The toes will be just fine!
Now go have a grand time, and be flexible. Have lots of alternate plans and go with the flow. Travel is an adventure by itself, especially when the weather is influential.
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