China receives more than 80 inches per year of precipitation
in some parts of the country including Hong Kong which averages 87 inches of precipitation annually. The capital Beijing receives about 23 inches
of rain annually. Travelers must be wary
of typhoons which happen several times a year along the southern and eastern
The village of Mawsynram in India receives 467 inches of
precipitation annually and is arguably the rainiest place on earth. India’s highest recorded record rainfall in
one day is when it rained 26 inches in Mumbai in 2005. The southern part of India has a tropical
monsoon climate and the monsoon season in India runs from June to
September. Popular India destinations
such as Mumbai, Calcutta and Delhi are known for their summer monsoon season. Traveling during the rainy, monsoon, summer
season can save you money on airfare and popular tourist sites will be less
crowded – just make sure to pack your wardrobe and travel accessories accordingly
The monsoons in India have picked up popularity for
travel enthusiasts. Ladakh, located in the northern corner of India has
become the number one hot spot. It’s tucked between two of the world’s highest
mountain ranges, the Himalayas and Karakoram.
If traveling during the months of June or July look for the Hemis Festival full
of music and masked dancing.
Where to Stay:
Oriental Guesthouse – a family run place with stunning views of the Leh valley.
Grand Dragon Hotel – a more upscale luxury eco-friendly hotel.
London is a charming city despite the fact that it rains in
London one-third of the year and half of the days of the year are overcast. London
is a drizzly destination that receives rain every month out of the year, getting
about 24 inches of rain per year. Winters
can be quite chilly, averaging about 35 degrees Fahrenheit in January and February
with a chance of snow. Summers are
usually in the comfortable low to mid 70s, yet there is always a
chance of rain with an average of 8 rainy days per month in the summer.
The Hawaiian island of Kauai is the fourth largest island,
yet the rainiest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. When traveling to Kauai, chances are you will
see the rain. This keeps the island
green, lush and beautiful; Kauai is known as the Garden Isle. Kauai is home to a gorgeous tropical
rainforest, beautiful hiking trails, many waterfalls and abundance of plants
and wildlife. The wettest time of the
year in Kauai is from December to March.
Kauai has its share of both
rain and sun. Any trip here is certain to include a few showers. Enjoy the warm
tropical mist and rainbows to follow along the 50-miles of beaches. Explore the
island by land, sea or air. Don’t miss the Napali
Canyon or a trip down the Wailua River.
Where to Stay:
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort - luxury oceanfront accommodations situated on the world-famous Poipu Beach
Try Airbnb.com, VRBO.com or Vacationrentals.com for affordable condos, cottages and houses
Seattle is known as the rain capital of the United
States. It's the largest city
in the Pacific Northwest and quickly growing.
Frequent rain enhances the beauty of this emerald city. Seattle gets about 37 inches of
rain per year. Although Seattle ranks
low on inches of rain received compared to other cities, it does have many overcast
days. When it rains in Seattle it doesn’t
pour, it is more of a steady drizzle; therefore it may be raining all day without accumulating
a lot of inches of rainfall. The summer
months, June through September, gets barely any rain, however it is always good
to be prepared when visiting this drizzly city.
Seattle is the epitome of the weather report cloudy with a chance of
Points of interest are
the Space Needle, Pioneer Square,
Mount Rainier and the Experience
Museum. Leave your
umbrella at home and make your way as a local here with a great rain coat.
Where to Stay:
Hotel 1000 – downtown luxury hotel with unexpected pleasures and top notch spa.
Ace Hotel - a hip modern option in the heart of Belltown. Near downtown and within walking distance of many hot spots.
Dominica is known as The
Nature Island of the Caribbean due to its beautiful, lush plant and
wildlife. The Nature Island gets its
gorgeous flora and fauna not only from its extensive park system protecting the
rainforest but from its substantial amount of annual precipitation, about 100 inches
per year. Dominica’s climate is tropical with moderate
by northeast trade winds that bring in heavy rainfall year round which means
there is a constant threat of flash floods.
The rainiest months are September to October. Average temperatures in the Dominica are in
the upper 70s (degrees Fahrenheit). Rain
showers are usually brief and don’t last all day and it is good to be prepared
for afternoon or evening downpours.
The small island
of Dominica is a
fantastic rain forest destination. It’s affordable, remote and yet to be
overrun by tourists. Flocked with earth-friendly resorts, waterfalls, dive
sites, hot springs and amazing hiking trails
this lush travel destination is a great alternative to its tourism-crowded Caribbean neighbors.
Where to Stay:
Secret Bay – offers luxury villas and bungalows. Situated on a cliff-top overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Great for honeymoons, anniversaries and adventure vacations.
Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Paris generally has cool winters, mild summers, overall is moderately wet, and there is always a chance of rain throughout the year with an annual precipitation of 26 inches. No matter what season you are traveling to Paris it is always a good idea to be prepared with an umbrella because of Paris’ frequent showers. The day may start out bright and sunny, but a quick shower can rain down on the Eiffel Tower at any moment. The rainfall is mostly evenly distributed throughout the year, with about 8 to 10 days of each month receiving rain. The least wet month out of the year is August; the summer is your best chance at avoiding the rain.
Explore bridges and small quaint streets lit up in the glistening night. Not to fear if outdoor city trekking isn’t your cup of tea, Paris is a fantastic indoor city. It’s full of shops, museums, theaters, cafes and bistros.
Where to Stay:
Hotel Le Bristol - luxury accommodations at it’s finest with impeccable customer service.
The third largest island in Europe
boasts lush vegetation with its mild climate and frequent rainfall. With some
of the best natural backdrops in the world your exploring will be full of
surprises. Bring your umbrella and in the summer enjoy 18 hours of daylight. The climate in Ireland consists of mild winters and cool
summers and is always humid with average temperatures around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Ireland has overcast days more than half of
the year and plenty of rainfall, about 40 inches per year. The west coast of Ireland sees plenty of wind
mixed in with showers and if you travel inland you will usually see misty, fog
in the mornings. Summer months, May
through July, has the best weather in Ireland with the least amount of rainfall
and the warmest days, therefore this is the busiest tourist season.
Where to Stay:
Waterford Castle - mid-19th-century castle located on its own island with 24 hour access with its free, private car ferry.
The Merrion Hotel - luxury accommodations with exquisite service and gracious Irish living.
Tokyo’s climate is tropical and humid with mild winters and
about one-third of the days out of the year it is raining with the rainiest months
being March to October. Every summer in
June and July Tokyo will have average temperatures in the high 70s and will encounter
mild typhoons. Tokyo receives about 60
inches of precipitation per year including a bit of snowfall and average
temperatures in the low 50s every winter.
Spring is a pleasant time to visit, since the Cherry Blossom Trees are
blooming and the temperatures are more comfortable.