Where to go on holiday in February


  • Southeast Asia is dry and warm but not too hot - this is a good time to travel.

  • Whales are at their most abundant in Antarctica at this time.

  • Carnival is also celebrated in dozens of other locations, including Venice and Trinidad - so speak to your tour operator if you're keen to join the fiesta.

  • Costa Rica is dry and mostly sunny, so this is a great time for wildlife and activity holidays. But of course - you're still in the rainforest - so do still pack your waterproof!

  • This is peak time in Patagonia, with summer warmth, long days and access to the whole region. This does also mean that it's busier, and that prices will rise; be sure to book well in advance.

  • Galapagos enjoys calmer seas and warmer weather - making this the best time to visit, despite the greater chance of rain. You'll also miss the busy holiday season - these islands are popular with families!

  • The 24-hour darkness has lifted in Sweden, Finland and Norway, but the snow remains - as do the Northern Lights. This is a great time for a winter activity holiday - snowshoeing and skating, husky sledding and meeting the Sami.

  • Italy and Spain's mountains also have plenty of snow for winter activities - with the option of heading back down to the milder coastal areas.

  • Kerala in southern India is a great destination for some winter sun, as is southwestern Sri Lanka; the wildlife is abundant in Yala National Park and whales can be seen off the coast. This is also one of the top times for tiger safaris in India and Nepal.

  • Insider tip!

    Being on the equator, you'll be told that Ecuador has no "best time to go" as its climate is pretty constant. However, we think February is a great time to visit the mountains and coast as you'll miss the school holiday crowds - though the Amazon region could be flooded.
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Where NOT to go on holiday in February

  • The Inca Trail closes throughout February for maintenance - and it's incredibly wet and miserable in the Peruvian Andes. The Amazon is also likely to be flooded, making travel difficult.

  • Greece is surprisingly cold and wet - and sea conditions put a stop to whale watching trips. Northern Spain and northern Portugal also have a distinctly British climate at this time - cold, grey and drizzly.

  • Brazil. The Pantanal is flooded so much of it is inaccessible, the north is unbearably hot and Brazilian holiday season means beaches and hotels are booked out with local tourists. More importantly - it's Carnival month - so if you do want to join the party, be sure to book well in advance. Hotels and flights will fill up - and prices will soar.

  • Some facilities in rural Scotland, such as hotels and restaurants, may close through winter - with the exception of ski facilities.

  • Northern China plunges to below -40 degrees - so if you want to head east in winter, you're best visiting the south, including Hong Kong.

  • Madagascar. It's cyclone season!
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