Best places to travel in February 2021
February might be bleak in the top half of the world, but it’s summertime down south and New Zealand and southern Australia are basking in the life outdoors. Walking trails are open and you can stretch out on the beaches while they're at their best. In Hong Kong, 15-day-long festivities kick off in February, when ancient Chinese traditions combine with true multicultural modernity. Relive New Year’s there before spring boarding to dry and sunny Cambodia to extend your journey in Southeast Asia.
Popular countries to visit in February
Our specialists share their ideas, personal recommendations and inspiration about the best places to visit in February
For languid days on the beach and idyllic views, we would recommend the Maldives, but you’ll also find pleasant temperatures and plenty of cultural entertainment in Oman with the month-long Muscat Festival, while humpback, sperm and orca whales flock to the southern seas making this a particularly good time for an Antarctic cruise.
Tours we recommend in February
Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in February.
Stay within the Dutch fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the various boutiques within the fort walls.
Take time out to relax on the beautiful southwest coast.
Visit architect Geoffrey Bawa's Brief Garden.
Explore the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur.
Discover the temples and tombs of Luxor's West Bank.
Visit the lesser known temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo.
Take in the varied antiquities in Cairo Museum.
Relax and visit Philae Temple in Aswan.
Explore the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank.
Visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square and the house of the 'living Goddess'.
Enjoy a day trek in Kathmandu valley, with views of terraced fields and distant Himalayan peaks.
Explore the markets of Bhaktapur, famous for its rich history of arts and crafts including wood carving, pottery and weaving.
Have dinner overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage monument of Bodnath Stupa while monks chant in the evening air.
Visit the pyramids, the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World.
Enjoy the scenery of the Nile Valley on a serene cruise.
Discover tombs and temples on Luxor's West Bank.
Explore lesser-known temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo.
Sample fabulous local wines in the Margaret River wine region.
Hang out with super cute Quokkas on Rottnest Island.
Relax on some of the country's finest pristine white sand beaches.
Wander through ancient Karri forests.
Enjoy dinner overlooking an Indian Ocean sunset.
Explore the historic town of Fremantle, with its convict jails, whaling ships and old taverns.
Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.
Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.
Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.
Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.
Visit the most sacred of all Buddha relics at the Temple of the Tooth.
Take a train journey through the tea country.
Explore the Dutch fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
An afternoon walking in Colombo.
See colonial architecture in the UNESCO city of Malacca.
Try the monorail in Kuala Lumpur during a guided walking tour of the city.
Visit the vast tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and try a local brew.
Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling UNESCO city of George Town.
Browse the Salamanca Markets in Hobart for local arts and crafts, surrounded by the historical harbour buildings.
Cruise the Gordon River and take in the local flora, fauna and convict history.
Get up close to the elusive Tasmanian Devils at Cradle Mountain National Park.
Walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout in Freycinet National Park and take your own pictures of one of Australia's most photographed beaches.
Soak up the art and culture of Durban and sample local Afro-Indian delicacies.
Relax at a countryside retreat in the Midlands, taking leisurely strolls along the river.
Find out about the history of the Battlefields, touring the sites with a knowledgeable guide.
Go hiking, horse riding or mountain biking in the Drakensberg Mountains.
Four full days to explore the iconic temples of Angkor and some time to enjoy the town of Siem Reap.
Head out to the Tonle Sap lake and explore the floating village of Kompong Khleang.
Explore Cambodia's turbulent history and haggle at the Russian market in Phnom Penh.
Take a boat trip from Kep to the idyllic Rabbit Island where you can relax on the beautiful beach.
Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi.
Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal.
Take a guided tour of Gwalior's little-visited Fort.
Explore Khajuraho's quirky temples.
See the evening pooja (prayers) in Varanasi.
Enjoy the vibrancy and buzz of Rio de Janeiro.
Step back in time amongst the whitewashed buildings and coloured shutters of colonial Paraty.
Enjoy relaxing days on Ilha Grande's many beaches.
Salt cathedral of Zipaquira.
Historical centre of Bogota.
Fortified city of Cartagena.
The lush countryside in the coffee region.
Spend a few days navigating the mesmerising city of Saigon.
Explore the kingdom of coconuts, Ben Tre.
Enjoy two nights at a charming riverside lodge in Vinh Long province.
Discover the hidden charm and culture of one of the few remaining Khmer communities in Vietnam.
Journey along the Mekong and Bassac River on board a traditionally styled sampan.
End the trip in Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh.
Explore the canal networks of Tortuguero National Park.
Zip line through the cloudforest and relax in a natural hot spring.
See a huge array of wildlife from tiny frogs to sloths and tropical birds.
Trek in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano.
Relax on the beach, or take a surf lesson instead.
Drive along the Panorama Route for incredible views over the Drakensberg Escarpment.
Stay in a luxurious lodge in the private Sabi Sand Wildtuin reserve.
See the Big Five on morning, afternoon and evening game drives in the Kruger.
Head out on bush walks with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the area's wildlife.