‘Tis the season to put away those summer tees and take out those comfy jackets! The ‘Ber’ months, or the season starting from September to December definitely excites lots of adventurous travelers.
Aside from a much colder climate, this season brings the perfect feel to spend more time with friends and family and travel sans the chances of too much sweating and panting from the heat of the sun.
While traveling during the ‘Ber’ months could be a pain for some (due to unpredictable weather); it could be a pleasure for bold travelers wanting to get cheaper travel rates (travel packages are usually at its peak from December to May in the Philippines). Tourists could also expect less-crowded top destinations given the less-favorable weather conditions.
Whether you’re planning to ride the tides and surf in Baler, trek in Sagada, or simply enjoy the misty view in Baguio or Tagaytay, here are the top 5 tips to go by when traveling in unpredictable weather conditions:
- Research weekly weather
Looking up the weather especially on days when you’re planning an outdoor activity could save you and your company the time and adjust your itinerary accordingly.
Weather Philippines is an app available for download on smartphones which could give a detailed and reliable weather forecast before your trip.
- Take ‘unpredictable’ seriously
Remember that by ‘unpredictable,’ we mean raining-while-the-sun-is-shining-brightly could happen. That said, consider an umbrella and a weather-resistant jacket as your best friends.
You could also wear clothes with light material like rash guards or dri-fit clothes especially when trekking or doing outdoor activities. For footwear, sandals or dri-fit shoes would be great as long as you don’t mind them getting wet.
- Pack light, pack bright
It helps to carry a small luggage to make you pack the only the most important stuff. Garbage bags also comes in handy in cases when you need to waterproof your gadgets when it rains.
Roll up clothes to avoid crease and save space, bring a quick-drying towel, as well as an extra shirt and underwear in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost.
- Never regret prioritizing your safety
In cases of really bad weather conditions (i.e., typhoons, thunderstorms) never sacrifice your safety over the thought of spending for nothing.
While waiting indoors, consider planning alternate indoor destinations to go to. You could also pack board games which you and your company could do to help pass the time.
- Rainy seasons bring tough, muddy roads.
Consider renting a self-drive vehicle if available in the area as it usually offers vehicles built for rough roads.