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Travel Ideas in February

Best places to travel in February 2022 & 2023

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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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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 snorkelling.

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

9. 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

10. 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
Last Updated: 22/06/2021 09:02:11