When thinking of spontaneous weekend getaways, the average person won’t think of jet setting off to Oman. Well, my friend Kelly and I aren’t your average girls!
We were intrigued by the beauty of Salalah, the southern mountainous region of Oman, just miles from the Yemen border. Salalah is one of probably only two places in the Arabian peninsula (besides Yemen) that experiences a monsoon season, which is called Khareef and lasts from July to September. Khareef means “autumn” in Arabic but it refers to monsoon when describing Salalah. During this time, the brown landscape of Salalah and its surroundings is completely transformed to a beautiful and lush green, and locals and tourists alike flock to Salalah. The Khareed season allows for fruits and vegetables to grow in the region, which is very unusual for a Saharan climate. Did you know they actually grow coconuts in Salalah?
Initially, we planned to hit the beach, soak in some sun and explore the city a bit. Rain put a damper in the beach plans, so we made the best of the weekend by doing a variety of cool things. Should you find your beach plans washed away with the rain, check out these 5 ways you can make the best of a rained out vacay:
Go to the spa for a relaxing treatment
A spa treatment is a great way to spend a rainy day. Enjoy a relaxing full body massage or body scrub from the hotel spa. Who doesn’t like to get pampered?
Grab a book, take cover and relax next to the pool
If it’s not raining, but the clouds are playing keep-away with the sun, head out to the pool and take cover under an umbrella or cabana. Take a good book, magazine or your journal and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Hire a driver and explore the local terrain
Hiring a driver to show you around the local city, gives you the flexibility of seeing the things that interest you and keeps you dry at the same time! Our driver, Ahmed, took us to Old Salalah, the old fort, the infamous anti-gravity hill, up into the hills and then along the beachside. Near the beach, the waves were crashing so hard against that the roads were flooding!
Binge on KFC and margaritas
We happened to also visit on a religious holiday weekend, which meant the bars and restaurants were prohibited from serving alcohol, yet we figured out that we could bypass this by ordering room service. And voila! A bottle of red wine, a bucket of KFC and some margaritas later, we were in heaven relaxing in our PJs watching re-runs of New Girl.
Walk in the rain!
There’s this quote that I absolutely love: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” So whether you’re dancing, running, or jogging, learn to enjoy where you are and the people around you. No matter if the sky is falling or not!