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Travel Ideas in February

Best places to travel in February 2022

Whether you’re wrapping up warm to experience wintry activities like a troika (sleigh) ride in Russia, or looking to escaping the colder temperatures at home with a cruise along the Nile under sunny skies, February can make an excellent time to travel. A safari in Tanzania gives you a chance to see new-born antelope take their first wobbly steps, while warm temperatures in Argentina make it an ideal time for trekking in Patagonia.

We’ve shared some of the most popular destinations to visit in February below, as well as a few countries that you may not have considered, where you can visit key sights without the crowds.

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Thailand

Falling within the dry season, February is one of the best months to visit Thailand as you’ll experience little rain and warm temperatures. If you’re looking to dive or snorkel during your trip, we recommend heading to the southwest coast, where the sea’s calmer and there’ll be fewer visitors.

Days begin to heat up further toward the end of the month, and you might experience a few showers if you’re along the east coast. Your stay might also coincide with Chinese New Year, when Bangkok’s Chinatown is decked out in lucky red and the streets are taken over by dragon parades, firecrackers and dancing.

Khao Lak
Khao Lak

Tanzania

While many flock to Tanzania during its dry season between July and October, we also recommend visiting during February. It’s hot and humid, with a slight chance of showers, but with fewer visitors, you’ll have some wildlife sightings all to yourself.

With the landscape at its lushest, plains game such as wildebeest, zebra and various antelope give birth to their young at this time of year — look out for new-born calves teetering on skinny legs and practising their jumps. These in turn attract predators like lion and cheetah, so you might witness some dramatic action unfold.

Lilac breasted roller, Tarangire National Park
Lilac breasted roller, Tarangire National Park

Italy

With few visitors, good-value hotels and a calendar full of festivals, February can be a great time to visit Italy if you don’t mind lower temperatures. There’s more chance of rainfall than in later months, but sunshine is still possible, and you’ll be able to visit places that visitors flock to in summer without the crowds (though some attractions may have limited opening hours).

Carnevale is celebrated across the country at the beginning of Lent with vibrant pageants, masquerades and confetti, while the two-week Carnival of Venice takes place at the start of the month, when people don masks and costumes for a mass party in St Mark’s Square.

Traditional Mask, Venice
Traditional Mask, Venice

Egypt

When you’ve had your fill of winter chill, heading to Egypt during February almost guarantees you warm temperatures and sunny blue skies. Without the stifling heat of the summer months, you’ll be comfortable exploring Cairo’s frenetic streets and lively markets, visiting Ancient Egyptian pyramids and tombs while cruising the Nile, and relaxing on the country’s sandy beaches.

February can be one of Egypt’s busiest months, but we can share ways to avoid the crowds, arrange for you to visit lesser-known sites and secure your preferred hotels early.

Giza pyramids and Sphinx, Cairo
Giza pyramids and Sphinx, Cairo

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is at its driest and brightest during February, and while tropical showers are always possible, prolonged rainfall is unlikely at this time of year. It means you’ll enjoy ideal conditions for viewing wildlife, whether you’re trekking through jungle with a guide in search of sloths and toucans or cruising the Rio Frío on the lookout for monkeys and turtles.

It’s also an excellent time for relaxing on the forest-fringed sand beaches that line the coast — while the best-known stretches can be busy at this time of year, our specialists can help guide you to quieter spots.

Squirrel Monkey, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Squirrel Monkey, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

French Polynesia

While many plan their French Polynesia trips for the driest months of June to August, February is a more peaceful time to go. There’s a wider choice of hotels offering excellent value, and rain showers are interspersed with periods of sunshine.

Conditions can be humid, but with an air-conditioned hotel and the refreshing waters of the Pacific Ocean to cool off in, it’s easy to stay comfortable. Your visit might also coincide with Chinese New Year, when the islands celebrate with vibrant parades, live music and dancing.

Cook's Bay, Moorea
Cook's Bay, Moorea

Argentina

You can visit Argentina at any time of year, but with February being the height of its summer, you’ll enjoy warm temperatures almost everywhere. It’s an excellent time to visit Argentine Patagonia — particularly El Calafate and Bariloche — which can be difficult to access in cooler months.

The favourable conditions do mean it’s a popular time to go, so you’ll need to plan ahead to secure your first choice of hotels. We can help you avoid the busiest areas and suggest hiking routes that are slightly off-the-radar. Buenos Aires and its surroundings can get hot at this time of year, but the balmy evenings are ideal for dancing and dining alfresco.

Bariloche, Argentina
Bariloche, Argentina

Vietnam

If you’re looking for hot, dry weather, February is one of the best months to visit Vietnam. Beach destinations in central and southern Vietnam are at their prime, with plenty of warm sunshine and good conditions for swimming and snorkeling.

Meanwhile, the highlands are cool enough for you to comfortably enjoy outdoor activities like hiking. Northern Vietnam is significantly cooler and parts can get foggy in the early morning, but the sun usually shines through later in the day.

If you’re visiting at the beginning of the month, you might experience Tet — Lunar New Year. While travel’s busier at this time and some attractions shut, the streets come alive with firecrackers, dragon dances and traditional shows.

Beach on Phu Quoc Island
Beach on Phu Quoc Island

India

With comfortably warm temperatures and low rainfall across this continent-sized country, February is one of the best times to visit India. The imposing fortress cities of the north stand proud against clear, sunny skies, while in the south, Kerala’s backwaters are lush with post-monsoon foliage. The more popular areas can get busy, so we recommend including a quieter rural stop in Rajasthan or a homestay experience in Kerala.

This is also an excellent time to add on a visit to Nepal, where the crisp, clear skies showcase the Himalaya at their best. The dry weather brings Nepal’s wildlife out from the undergrowth to drink, and if you visit Chitwan or Bardia national parks, you’re likely to see rhinos, elephants and a range of birdlife.

Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala
Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala

Russia

Winter, including the month of February, reveals the romantic, snow-draped Russia of your imagination. As long as you’re well wrapped up against the below-freezing temperatures, you can enjoy brisk walks along streets bejewelled with twinkling lights, visit key sights such as the Hermitage, the Kremlin and Peterhof Palace without needing to wait in line like you would during the busier summer months, and warm up with rich hot chocolate in a cosy café.

Take in the dazzling-white formal gardens of Catherine Palace by troika (a three-horse sleigh) while wrapped snugly in blankets, or visit a banya (bathhouse and sauna) to experience a classic Russian ritual that dates back to pre-revolutionary days.

Kremlin, Moscow
Kremlin, Moscow
Travel Ideas in January

Places to travel in January

As Christmas slopes into the distance, journeying to find some sun is an appealing prospect for January. We recommend beach time on a Caribbean island, a secluded Cambodian archipelago or Vietnam’s sandy shores. It’s also summer in Australia, a season celebrated with outdoor cinema screenings, festivals and sporting events.

In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch new-born zebra take their first steps, as migratory birds feast on the fresh grasses. If you’re after cooler climes, temperatures in India have cooled enough to make exploring its fortress cities comfortable. Or, embrace winter in Paris, where crisp, clear skies showcase the monument-filled skyline and fewer visitors make for an ideal Louvre museum experience.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

Whether you’re wrapping up warm to experience wintry activities like a troika (sleigh) ride in Russia, or looking to escaping the colder temperatures at home with a cruise along the Nile under sunny skies, February can make an excellent time to travel. A safari in Tanzania gives you a chance to see new-born antelope take their first wobbly steps, while warm temperatures in Argentina make it an ideal time for trekking in Patagonia.

We’ve shared some of the most popular destinations to visit in February below, as well as a few countries that you may not have considered, where you can visit key sights without the crowds.

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Travel Ideas in March

Places to travel in March

As winter turns to spring across the Northern Hemisphere, Japan’s blooms start to emerge, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak season. Portugal also begins to warm, making it a good time for coastal hikes and city sightseeing without the summer crowds.

In South Africa, the wine harvests are in full swing and Kruger wildlife is at its healthiest among the fresh, green vegetation following the rains. Warmer temperatures and sunny skies show the beaches of Sri Lanka and Morocco at their best. Meanwhile, cooler climes in New Zealand makes March an excellent month to explore, with quieter walking trails, near-empty coastlines and a good chance of sunshine.

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Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Places to travel in April

If you’re looking to go on safari, April is the best month to tiger-spot in India’s national parks, where you’ll also see a supporting cast of elephants, deer, and birdlife. For a coastal escape, you’ve got your pick, including Mexico’s Mayan Riviera and secluded Maldivian islands.

If you’re seeking adventure, this is the time of year to take an in-depth tour across Vietnam, or explore the highlights of Morocco at their best. April is also a month of festivities around the globe, from the Festa di San Marco in Italy and cherry blossom celebrations in South Korea to Caribbean regattas and music festivals.

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Travel Ideas in May

Places to travel in May

Across the northern hemisphere, May brings spring blossoms, sunshine, and warmer weather, but the summer crowds haven’t arrived to most destinations. In the southern hemisphere, the rains are ending and the weather is starting to cool down a bit.

If you want to get outside to enjoy the ample sun, you might hike in Scotland, look for wildlife in US National Parks, or take a water safari in a mokoro canoe in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It’s also a popular time for festivals, whether you’re in Venice to watch the mayor pledge himself in a symbolic wedding to the sea, watching jazz performances in Saint Lucia, or sampling single-source organic chocolate in Belize.

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Herd of elephants in South Africa

Places to travel in June

The solstice at the end of June brings long days to destinations in the northern hemisphere, making it an excellent time to get outdoors. You can roam through Canada’s wilderness, hike in Germany’s Black Forest or soak up the sun in the French Riviera.

This is also a popular month for festivals. For example, Greece’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival lets you watch ancient plays performed in ancient venues, while in Peru, you can attend a festival celebrating the Inca sun god, Inti. The month also marks the end of the rainy season in places like Uganda and the Zanzibar Archipelago, where you’ll find well-watered landscapes bursting with life, but mostly sunny skies.

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Travel Ideas in July

Places to travel in July

July gives you many destinations to consider if you’re looking to experience them in their prime. Explore the great outdoors while the sun shines in the US’s northern states, Austria or Switzerland. Balance beach relaxation with culture or wildlife in Costa Rica, French Polynesia or Vietnam. Or, in Kenya, be among the first of the season to see the Great Migration herds arrive as they make their frenzied crossing of the Mara River.

July is also one of the only months you can cruise the Arctic or hike in the mountains of Ladakh. And, in Japan, you can escape the summer humidity in the Japanese Alps.

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Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka

Places to travel in August

Many destinations are ripe for a summer break in August. For a trip focused around wildlife, consider a safari in Tanzania, which experiences its dry season, a trip to Borneo to see turtles hatch, or a visit to Brazil’s Pantanal for a shot at seeing a jaguar.

Elsewhere, beaches are at their best on Sri Lanka’s north and east coasts, Iceland’s interior has thawed out ready for you to explore on foot and by superjeep, while northern Australia is dry, sunny and comfortably warm for hikes. Alternatively, you might like to soak up the culture in Luxembourg or the Netherlands, stay on a hacienda in Ecuador’s countryside or enjoy a family escape to Mauritius.

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Lion, Etosha National Park

Places to travel in September

Whether falling in autumn or spring, September can showcase countries at their most scenic, from the green, lamb-dotted valleys of New Zealand and the wildflower-coated countryside of Argentina to Russia’s rust-hued city parks.

In Canada, the salmon run sees bears gather for a feeding frenzy along British Columbia’s rivers. Bhutan’s clear skies are ideal for hiking among its mountains, while similar conditions in Bolivia make for excellent photography around its salt pans. Spain and Turkey are pleasantly warm without the crowds of summer. And, in South Africa, you can combine regions while they’re at their best. It’s also an excellent time for seeing Namibia’s wildlife and stargazing among its desert dunes.

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Amalfi coast, Italy

Places to travel in October

Whether you’re looking for spring blooms, autumnal foliage or prime wildlife-viewing opportunities, you’ll find plenty of destinations to choose from if you’re planning to travel in October. Below are just some of the places we feel are at their best at this time of year, along with our suggestions on the best things to do there.

You could make the most of excellent hiking conditions in New Zealand, go whale watching in South Africa, or indulge in fresh produce during harvest time in Vietnam, Japan or Italy. And, in many of our chosen countries, you’ll be visiting outside the busiest times of year.

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Travel Ideas in November

Places to travel in November

Sunny beaches in Thailand, wintry cities in France and blazing foliage in Japan — you can choose from a wide variety of destinations if you’re planning to travel in November. Below, we’ve selected some of the best places to visit, as well as some suggestions of what to see and do while you’re there.

Popular cities in Europe empty out, giving you free run of museums in France, Spain and Italy. Crowds also thin in Peru, so you’ll have more elbow room to enjoy Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Thailand and Vietnam both have sunny weather suitable for a beach break, while Morocco’s hot temperatures decline, making it a great time to explore the main cities.

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Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Places to travel in December

In December, you can relax in a natural hot spring in Japan before visiting snow monkeys that do the same, enjoy a private tour of the Louvre without the usual crowds or nibble king cake in Portugal. The month offers a wealth of options across the globe, so we’ve listed some of the most popular destinations. We’ve also suggested a few you might not have thought of, where you can take advantage of quieter cities to enjoy sights that are often very busy.

Hike through caves in Vietnam, ply the Amazon’s tributaries by boat in Peru or just relax under sunny skies in Australia or the Algarve.

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