How Umbrellas Are Used Around the World….


April Showers bring May flowers.  And they also bring out the umbrellas around the world.  One of the first things that surprised me when I was traveling in Asia was that people used umbrellas when it wasn’t even raining.  I used to think it was strange, until I realized what a great way it was to shade yourself from the intense sun of Southeast Asia or the Middle East.  Now a little travel umbrella is one of my ‘must pack’ items  – they are small and helpful rain or shine!

I’ve collected a few of my favorite umbrella shots from around the world to celebrate this last day of April…and spring showers…


Colorful umbrellas in create some shade in Antalya Turkey


A unexpected shower in Oahu

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A monk and his sun protection in Laos

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Beach umbrellas dot the beach in Brazil

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Spectator in the rain. A woman watches a boat race in Nova Scotia in the pouring rain


One of my students in Nepal plays with an umbrella which has seen better days.

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Umbrellas on motorbikes…where else but Vietnam of course

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A grass umbrella in Aruba

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Girls in Lao wait for the ferry in the shade of an umbrella


Seeing double umbrellas in Cambodia


Summer showers in Cork Ireland leave the street glistening.


Sherry Ott
Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She’s a co-founder of, a website offering career break travel inspiration and advice.

Additionally, she runs an around the world travel blog writing about her travel and expat adventures at
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