May 19, 2022

How to Choose Your Next Trip Based on the Weather You Want

Wish you could travel to a destination where the weather was exactly how you’d like it?

Now you can, with this new interactive map tool that pinpoints the best places to visit around the world based on your weather preferences.

Created by digital nomad Ryan Whitaker, the tool allows you to enter your desired minimum, maximum, and average temperatures for a particular week of travel to see which locations around the world fit those numbers.

Those interested in whether a destination will be experiencing rain can also apply a rainfall filter to their search.

Whitaker, who has a background working with data as a former SQL programmer, created the tool after finding that there was a lack of data related to helping travelers determine the best spots to visit based on weather preferences like this.

“I would search for things like ‘the best places to go in a certain month or the best time to visit a city’ and what I was finding was either very local-centric information on events or articles where I would get the impression that they were written by people who didn’t really have local knowledge of the destination,” Whitaker told Travel + Leisure.

For Whitaker, who began traveling the world last year after launching his data aggregation company, Decision Data, the tool originally started as a way for him to determine where to travel to next, as he said he can be particular about places where the temperature is scorching hot or too cold.

So, he tapped into 10 years' worth of data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, gathering weather information from more than 10,000 weather stations around the world to create the map.

He pulled a 10 year average of this data from 2007 through March of 2017 and used the software Tableu to create an easy-to-use interactive map for travelers.

The map does have some limitations, as Whitaker explained that some weather stations, particularly in developing countries and rural areas, sometimes don’t report precipitation data, but it serves as a handy tool to help you when researching your next getaway.

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