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Day 26: When Hot Weather Affects Your Travel Plans

Day 26: A Sweltering Australia Day

Day 26: A Sweltering Australia Day

I’m a total wuss when it comes to hot and cold. When it’s cold, I hate life, and when it’s hot, I’m a sweaty mess (see photo to the right). It’s Australia Day in Oz, and the heat decided to come at us in full force. Instead of coffee, Pat, our flatmate and I went to get milkshakes in the morning, followed by a pick-up of some icy beers for the rest of the day. It was just turning noon when the daily photo was taken, and you can see how I’m already questioning the meaning of life.

It’s days like today when I wonder how people have the stamina to make it to the Big Day Out festival, or even go out and hang at Darling Harbour. You see, I’m a wuss; I melt very easily, and the heat makes me feel a bit crazy.

I’m reminded of the crazy heatwave we had while I was in Bishkek. I know, I talk a lot about Bishkek now, but there is a lot to talk about that I failed to talk about while I was actually in the city. It was a difficult process to make the proper updates in a place lacking good Internet.

Anyways, I attribute much of my decision to leave when I did to the crazy heatwave I was living through at the moment. It was so, so hot… like 44 Celsius hot (110 Fahrenheit)… and I lived on the 8th floor of an apartment building with no air conditioning. It was… hawwwt.

To make it worse, air conditioning anywhere in the city was hard to find. I hung out with my pal, Erica, and our goal for the days of the heatwave was to find a place we could hang out that had a bit of a chilling fan to sit in front of. Heck, I even resorted to calling people on the phone and trying to ask it in Russian before we decided to move.

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Daytime became a nightmare, and nighttime was still too hot to sleep. Erica and I would stay up late having early 90s music parties while we devoured a chilled watermelon (Uzbek watermelons were quite tasty) and Erica tried to untangle a giant knot ball (heat makes you do crazy things). My couchsurfer would lie on the living room floor without moving for hours on end. It was not pleasant.

erica stringEventually, a lot of things built up which resulted in me booking a ticket home, but I’m sure now that the heat is what pushed me over the edge. I needed to recharge and get stuff in order, and that had to be done somewhere else.

With that in mind, I thought I could pose the topic today of hot weather affecting travel. I know I would dislike traveling somewhere when it is freezing, but I would also not get much out of visiting a place that is sweltering since you simply can’t go outside without dying. When I was in Kyrgyzstan, a couple of my friends took a trip down to Dushanbe and they said the daytime heat got near 50 Celsius! Heat like that is severely limiting.

Have you had any issues on your travels where you were held back because it was just too damn hot? What did you do instead?


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11 Responses to Day 26: When Hot Weather Affects Your Travel Plans

  1. Christine January 27, 2011 at 2:08 am #

    I actually ADORE hot weather–I grew up in Sacramento, playing soccer competitively and working outside during the 100+ summers. However, once I went to Nice, where the weather wasn’t QUITE as hot but very humid–and there was no AC to think of–I thought again! I remember that the two days I spent in Corsica with a friend were a godsend–we both got the best sleep we had in months because the rooms were air-conditioned! I could never sleep in Nice because closing my window meant it was too hot and leaving it open meant it was too loud. Lose-lose!

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:36 am #

      Hmm… yes… I like hot weather, but it’s the sweating part that gets me. I sweat a LOT. Not cool. I think you’ll love Aussieland then!

  2. Alouise January 27, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    I’m not used to intense heat, we can get +30 Celsius in Edmonton, but usually it stays around +25. Last June I went to NYC before their big heatwave. But it wasn’t so much the heat that was hard for me, as it was the humidity. Living on the prairies you just don’t get that. I spent a lot of time outside in New York, but I tried to stop inside every once in a while to cool off. And of course sampled several icy treats. Ice cream always helps.

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      Humidity is a real nightmare. It makes it hard to breathe. The good thing is that Australia has tons of gelato shops!

  3. Rebecca January 27, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    While can usually stand hot weather (especially Aussie heat, it’s just like California!) the huge heatwave and fires in Melbourne 2 years ago was what pushed me over the edge to come home.

    Granted I had been away for over 2 years (never came back to the US once), jobs were dried up and my living conditions were pretty shit (sounds very smiler to what you had to deal with in Bishkek, except I could find AC during the day) so it was kind of time anyway.

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:39 am #

      Stress and heat are a bad mix 😉

  4. Magda January 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    I was in India in June-July last year for 2 months and for half of that time the temperatures were between 48-52 C (I’m not kidding). It was so hard to travel in that weather! The only time I was able to leave the AC hostel room was between 6 and 8am and then after 7pm. I felt like I wasted so much time, but I guess weather is something we can’t control even if we want….

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:40 am #

      Oh my goodness! Magda, I would have died 😉

  5. Bethany January 28, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Yeah, I completely agree. Hot weather sucks. I would rather be in the cold any day because it is a lot easier to warm up than it is to cool down. This is the main reason we are considering putting off SEA until fall when the weather gets better. I want to go now but do I want to spend months dying of ridiculous heat & humidity? No, def. not. I def. plan my travels around the weather and avoiding the hot time periods for certain countries.

    • Brooke January 29, 2011 at 8:43 am #

      I dunno, I hate hot weather but I really hate cold weather. I think cold weather makes me sad, and hot weather makes me crazy. There’s no winning with me 😉


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