If you’re tied to school holidays, keen to miss the monsoon season or hoping to snag an off-season bargain, read our month-by-month guide on where to go on holiday when.
Best countries to go on holiday in February in 2023
There’s much more to February holidays than overcrowded ski slopes or sloping off to the Costa Del Sol for some sun. There are exciting family holidays in Finnish Lapland, where our expert partners offer snowshoeing and husky sledding adventures. Fitness fans can shake the winter blues away in Spain, while nature enthusiasts will find a huge variety of wildlife watching opportunities, from whales in Sri Lanka to wolves in Transylvania.
February is a great month for cultural touring, whether that’s driving around Tasmania or joining a small group tour in India or Cuba.
As for the weather, February heralds frosty landscapes and excellent light on Iceland photography tours. February means calmer waters to cruise the Galapagos Islands or cross the Antarctic Circle, and balmy game drives in Indian national parks where tigers prowl. February promises paw prints in the snow on Transylvania wolf tracking holidays and cooler spring temperatures for exploring Egypt’s ancient pyramids.
Read our guide to find out more about the best places to go on holiday in February.
Covid: Where can I travel in February 2022?The world is opening up again, with most of South America and Africa now available for travel, and a more mixed, but generally positive, situation elsewhere.
We keep a close eye on destinations that are now welcoming travellers back, so that we can provide up-to-date information you can trust.
For February 2022, our most popular travel destinations include:
February holiday activities
Northern Lights watching
The Northern Lights aren’t exactly known for their predictability, but travelling in the depths of winter to remote northerly destinations far from any light pollution puts you in the best possible position to admire them. The aurora borealis often appears in the night sky in Finnish Lapland, and February is also a great month to see them in Iceland.
Self drive holidaysThe pleasure of a self drive holiday is that you’re beholden to no-one else’s whims, setting your own schedule. In Tasmania, for example, you can take your time touring wine country, wilderness areas and fishing towns, stopping off for a walk here and there whenever you want. Your accommodation will be booked ahead, so all you need to do is get from A to B.
While your chances of an actual sighting are pretty low, wolves are much easier to track in the snow, from Yellowstone National Park to Transylvania. Not all February wildlife holidays mean wrapping up warm, though. You can get up close to giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, whales in Sri Lanka, and tigers in several national parks across India.
Our Best places to go in February Holidays
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Get activeFor some, February holidays mean escaping to much-needed winter sun. But not everyone is content with a week on the beach. Spain is great for those who like to stay active on their travels. Stretch your legs with a snowshoeing tour in the Spanish Pyrenees or stretch the rest of you on a Valencia yoga holiday. Cycling holidays are popular in February everywhere from Cambodia to Portugal to Sri Lanka.
Warm things up
The heat is on in February. Delve into spicy treats in Thailand’s night markets. Pop the top with a tour of Havana in a classic convertible. Snorkel with marine wildlife in Costa Rica. Meanwhile, in Egypt – where the full-on summer heat is sticky and uncomfortable – the spring temperatures are ideal for wandering around ancient ruins and cruising the Nile.