When you’re on holiday and trying to explore your new surroundings, do you really want to be stuck in your hotel room all day?! I didn’t think so. (Ok, so some breaks, maybe that’s true, but for now, let’s pretend not.)

Join me in discovering some ways to beat the heat while you’re on hols this year, and without breaking the bank!

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Think you’re drinking enough water? Drink more! You can usually get free ice water at most counter-service restaurants, simply ask for a cup of ice water (the worst they could say is no).
  2. Sunscreen yourself: Perhaps a hassle at the time but if you think you’re miserable in the heat now? Try it with sunburn! (trust me, I know) Go for quality! Apply it before you leave for your exploring and then reapply a few times during the day.
  3. Wear a hat: Everyone in the family should get a hat to protect their heads from the sun. If you’re  afraid of looking too much like a typical tourist, bring one with you or go for a straw beach hat (they’re always in style). Think light colours, full brim, and preferably a moisture-wicking material.
  4. Choose cool clothing: Don’t laugh… moisture-wicking pants and clothing are a lot cooler than cotton t-shirts and shorts. You’ll spend more time enjoying your hols and less time worrying about your chafing. And chafing is never fun!
  5. Find free air conditioning: There’s no harm in taking a short shopping break, the Malls are always air conditioned! Cafes, restaurants, the hotel lobby, art galleries, museums; they’re all usually air conditioned so take your time and enjoy the free AC while you can.
  6. Fan yourself: Bring a misting fan (and backup batteries).
  7. Get wet: If your hotel offers a swimming pool, use it! There’s no reason to pay extra to go to a swimming pool if there’s already one waiting for you. Beaches are usually low to no cost and a great way to cool off.
  8. Time for cool treats: There’s nothing like a nice ice cream cone to keep your mind occupied from the heat! With just a few bucks you’re nicely refreshed and given your sweet tooth a nice treat!
  9. Take a midday shower: After lunch and your water break, head back to your hotel room for a nice cool shower. You’ll not only feel more refreshed, but you get out of the hottest part of the day and you can change out of those sweaty clothes into clean, dry clothes after a shower. Ahhhhhh
  10. Head out after hours: After your midday shower you can cool off in your hotel room and relax until the sun begins to set. You will be energized to take on the night and not have to worrying about sweating off your fresh change of clothes. (Plus, there’s still plenty to see at night)

What are your budget tips for beating the heat?

Photo by Sean Loyless

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.

Posted : Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 10:00
Category : Top 10
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