- Where to go in February
Where to go in February
The days are short, the weather’s miserable and the Christmas credit card bill has possibly just hit the doormat – time for a holiday? February is a great time to travel, particularly long-haul. We’ve selected some of our favourite places to holiday in February, from the tropical Far East to the lakelands of South America. And if you don’t mind wrapping up, there are a couple of snowy suggestions as well.
Our pick: the best places to visit in February
1. New Orleans, USA
If you fancy experiencing a party like no other, head for New Orleans at Mardi Gras. This Louisiana city erupts into a riot of colour and costumes, with parades, live music, dancing in the streets and plenty of delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine. Our special departure of ‘Southern Sights and Sounds’ gets you to the city right on time for the festivities.
2. South America
February is summer season across South America, so it’s a great time to embark on our grand tour. Peru may be a little rainy, but Chile, Argentina and Brazil are all likely to experience warm temperatures and plenty of blue-sky days.
February in Japan is when the Sapporo Snow Festival is held – a fantastic display of unique sculptures carved from ice and snow. We pay a visit one evening on our winter tour of Japan, which takes us to see snow monkeys, bubbling hot springs and a traditional ryokan deep in the countryside.
4. New Zealand
New Zealand’s most scenic spots can be pretty busy in January during the school summer holidays. But by February, children are back in lessons and you can enjoy the spectacular lakes, mountains and beaches with fewer crowds. February also marks the start of New Zealand’s wine harvest season – cheers!
“I’d recommend escaping the cold, rainy days in the UK and heading out to Vietnam – rainfall is at its lowest in February, plus the climate is warm but not so hot it’s unbearable.”
- Cassie Stickland, Product Manager
With snow-blanketed mountains and icy fjords, Norway is a real winter wonderland destination. February’s long nights also mean you’re more likely to catch sight of the elusive Northern Lights as they sweep and swirl across the star-filled skies. For the best chances of seeing them, opt for a cruise that’ll take you away from light pollution on shore.
Hurtigruten ship • Fly from the UK