Let’s face it. Sometimes travel plans don’t work out. Even in a city as beautiful as Vancouver, you may find your vacation plans washed away or wrought with annoying little hiccups. Never fear, although there’s no way to plan for every scenario, you can take steps to mitigate the most serious ones. A few precautions can help your plans stay intact—along with your sanity.
Travel with Your Tunes
If your travel plans are crumbling in the face of unpredictable chaos, a musical reprieve can be very refreshing. Keep the list upbeat and let Pharrell or Katy cheer you up if you’ve missed your bus or gotten caught in the rain.
Watch Out for the Weather
Vancouver weather is an unpredictable, unrelenting force, washing away even the best-laid travel plans. Thankfully, numerous fashion retailers have developed waterproof and water-resistant wear to keep the locals warm and dry. Invest in one and you won’t have to worry if the weather gods decide to do a rain dance in the middle of your outdoor yoga session. Some of our favorite stores for rain proofing include MEC, KWAY, Arcteryx, and The North Face.
Take a Time Out for Exercise
When things don’t go your way, it can be very tempting to deliver a rant on Facebook, but this only propagates the negativity. Instead, find something else you enjoy doing.
Join a drop-in yoga class at YYoga on 888 Burrard Street or indulge in a swim at the downtown YMCA.
Enjoy Cycling or Jogging around the seawall from the Victorian Hotel to Stanley Park. Before you know it, that antsy feeling will have passed.
The ability to adapt is a big part of salvaging a vacation that’s headed downhill. If an event is sold out or a friend cancels on you, don’t worry. Look at your new found free time as an opportunity.
Discover your new favourite café in Yaletown or enjoy the world-class shopping district that is Robson Street. Visit Aritzia’s new flagship store for the Canadian West Coast located at the corner of Robson and Thurlow.
Travel with a Daypack
Whether you’re traveling international or locally, an emergency pack can help you cope with most circumstances. Purchase a Herschel daypack, which are locally designed in Vancouver.
The Herschel Supply Company is our favourite for backpacks and continues to redefine timeless design while maintaining a fine regard for detail.
Our recommendations are a charged smart phone, a bit of cash kept separate from your wallet, sunscreen, aspirin, gum, an umbrella, and a sweater or waterproof jacket.
Other Things To Do in Vancouver, July 2016
- Vancouver Day Trip Ideas: Fitness, Food, & Beautiful Bike Routes
- It’s Playland Season Again!
- Richmond Night Markets
- The Best Spots for Watching the Celebration of Light
Staying at The Victorian Hotel
As a guest at the Victorian Hotel, you always have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff — a great local resource for current things to do around Vancouver! So remember to ask our front desk for their recommendations.
The Victorian Hotel’s prime location just blocks from Gastown and Yaletown mean you’ll always have easy access to the very best that Vancouver has to offer!
If you have any questions about staying in Vancouver BC or any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).
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