The answer: Visit the Philippines. Believe it or not, the country is one of the best places to be, even going into the chilly "ber" months. (Okay, maybe you'd want to be a little more cautious during "typhoon season," but you can deal with that.) When it's raining throughout the archipelago, for example, you can enjoy perks like:
The Country is Colder (In a Good Way)
As you know, the Philippines has only two seasons: hot and cold. Sometimes, temperatures can reach as high as 52.3 degrees Celsius, which is pretty uncomfortable whether you're a Filipino or not.
On the other hand, no matter how low temperatures go in the Philippines, it never gets to the point where you find your teeth chattering. Being a tropical country, the Philippines never experiences anything like fall or winter, so you never have to worry about wearing triple layers of clothes or shoveling snow out of your backyard. Also, the winds during rainy season feel really cool on your face — unless you're getting splashed by the rainwater, of course!
Travel is Less Expensive
Since rainy season is also "off-peak" season, travel expenses tend to go down in general. If you book a hotel between June and September, for example, you can save as much as 20 to 40 percent. The same goes for airfare, which is great considering that it's impossible to travel the Philippines on land alone!
Plus, if you prefer to stay inside, there's a lot the Philippines can offer you too. You can sip a coffee in one of Makati's cafes, marvel at the beautiful architecture of churches in Metro Manila, or visit places like the National Museum, Ayala Museum and The Mind Museum. There's no shortage of ways to enjoy the Philippines indoors if you know where to look!
Tourist Spots are Less Crowded
Let's face it: Having a place all to yourself is one of the best feelings in the world. You don't have to jostle with other people, stand in a long line in the bathroom or deal with rude travelers who don't clean up after themselves. Whether you're a people person or not, you want to get away from the hustle and bustle once in a while!
Some Things Are Better During the Rainy Season
The Philippines is chockfull of places where you can go surfing, wakeboarding or rafting. After all, these sports tend to be more exciting and challenging during the rain. Just make sure you ask your guide for pointers on how to stay safe during the rainy season, in case the waters become more treacherous than you can handle!
On a more laidback note, foodie bargains tend to peak during the rainy season too. In Binondo (the Chinatown of Manila), for example, it's said that vendors are easier to haggle with come the chilly months. Likewise, Davao — the home city of the current Philippine president — is also known for its delicious food. Don't take our word for it; try visiting these places next time you want to grab a bite of Filipino dishes!
Others You Can Appreciate Only During the Rainy Season
Can't go out due to inclement weather? No problem. Do something fun indoors, like playing board games, watching TV or reading the latest bestseller. Or watch the rain outside, as the water droplets trickle and drizzle on the ground.
If you still insist on going outdoors, though, don't worry: There are wonders you can appreciate only during the rain. You can see rain droplets caress blades of grass, multiple people clustering under the same umbrella, and even street vendors who try to make a living despite the weather. All of these are pretty poignant scenes, which you can capture on camera if photography is your hobby.
"Rainy Season" is Also "Christmas Season"
Being a cheerful people with a strong Christian tradition, Filipinos tend to celebrate Christmas as early as September. That means that, as early as two days(!) from now, you can expect to see Santa posters and shiny balls in stores all over the country. Of course, since October and November come before December, there'll be some Halloween decorations and candles mixed in with those too.
It's More Fun in the Philippines
There's a reason the Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT) chose that particular phrase as the country's travel slogan. Regardless of the weather, Filipinos always find a way to have fun. In the hot season, they smile in the sun; in the cold season, they dance in the rain. So take a cue from one of the most cheerful people in the world, and enjoy your stay in the Philippines, rain or shine!