Looking for the best places to visit in February? We got you covered! Whether you are seeking warm or cold weather, skiing down mountains or sunbathing on gorgeous beaches we share our favorite places to travel to in February.
As a pair of powder chasers, February is one of our favorite times of the year to explore winter destinations. If it involves hot chocolate, mulled wine, lots of white fluffy snow, and big mountains you can sign us up.
That being said February is also a great time to travel if you are seeking fewer crowds and cheaper prices. Families with children are back in school, and summer is nowhere near meaning fewer people are traveling.
Here are some of the best places in the world to head for a February vacation.
The Best Places to Visit in February
1.) Sri Lanka
Head to the vibrant island nation of Sri Lanka for a heavy dose of culture, food, beaches, jungles, and history. February is a beautiful month to visit Sri Lana as it falls right between the country’s two rainy seasons and temperatures are warm with an average daily temperature around 27°C or 81°F. Sri Lanka is well known for its hospitable people, tasty food, and unique landscapes. Read more about the best time to visit Sri Lanka here!
If you want to escape the cold another awesome country to check out is Oman. The Middle Eastern country on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula enchants visitors with amazing landscapes, culture, and food. Culture permeates through Oman and it remains authentic despite being surrounded by the grandiose dreams of its neighbors. Muscat is an enticing city with few skyscrapers, old markets, forts, and small traditional homes.
The nation has embraced its rich heritage of frankincense and trade with a wealth of natural and historical sights to be seen. Resulting in a country that’s enchanting to travel through with plenty of hidden pockets left to explore. To make things better the country has great infrastructure for tourists with reliable roads, plenty of hotels, tour operators, dive shops, and activities. February is an awesome time to visit Oman, but if you want to learn more read about the best time to visit Oman.
There’s no reason to avoid winter! It’s one of our favorite seasons for travel and a fantastic time to visit Norway where you’re almost guaranteed to see the Northern Lights and enjoy some snowy days. Norway’s dramatic landscapes and a plethora of winter activities will keep you entertained for weeks.
Mush a dog sled across a frozen lake, snowshoe from mountain hut to hut, spot whales off the coast, ski down the fjord, or spend cozy days in a winter cabin. Winter in Norway comes with plenty of charms and if your dream trip has been to see the Northern Lights there is likely no better trip in the world.
The mighty Nile has been the lifeblood of Egypt since the beginning of civilization. Along its fertile banks surrounded by the sands of the desert ancient Egypt prospered. Thousands of years lure visitors in with the remains of breathtaking monuments, a rugged coastline teeming coral life, and a culture that has evolved over millennia. There are so many amazing places to visit in Egpyt.
Egypt is the gift of the Nile so there is no better way to explore than a cruise down the Nile. As you cruise down the Nile you’re transported a time of the past and spot impressive Egypt is one of the best places to travel to in February because of its near-perfect weather — comfortable warm days and cool evenings/nights. Check out other great months to visit Egpyt in our post about the best time to visit Egpyt.
The series of coral atolls spread across the Indian Ocean is an enticing getaway with white sand beaches, turquoise water, and tropical weather. The water here is home to an abundance of marine life so diverse that snorkelers can rejoice in close encounters with rays, sharks, whales, and a dizzying number of fishes. To make it only better some of the world’s most luxurious resorts in the world sit on top of these atolls with indulgent water villas and beach bungalows.
February is smack dab in between monsoon seasons in the Maldives so you can expect warm weather and sunny days. Be warned it’s also the high season as Europeans flock to escape the cold! Hotels and resorts in the Maldives can go for high prices so it’s a great time to make use of those credit card points, check out our favorite credit cards.
6.) St Lucia
Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? We were asked this the other day, and as two people who have traveled to over 80 countries, I must admit it was a tough question to answer. A few places came to mind: Seychelles, Canada, and Namibia are certainly up there.
However, the tiny island nation of St Lucia packs a punch and is widely praised as the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. There are a number of resorts in St Lucia that are jewels in the Caribbean, but it’s hard to find one more unique than Jade Mountain.
7.) Costa Rica
One of the most amazing natural destinations in the world Costa Rica is also a green powerhouse. It was the first country to go a full year on 100% renewable energy and still operate at around 99%. The country has made a clear prioritization to preserve its natural habitats with large swaths of the country protected wilderness zones or national parks. As home to some of the world’s lungs with rainforest
With cheap and direct flights from the US, a plethora of wildlife, stunning coastline, and pristine jungle it’s no wonder Costa Rica has become a hot travel destination in the last decade. We too were transfixed on beautiful images of the country and knew that it was time to make the trip. Read more about the best time to visit Costa Rica!
Of course, it’s Hawaii, so all the islands are amazing. However, the island that brings back the most wonderful memories is Kauai. I’m certain you will fall in love with the Garden Isle just as I did, but it can be hard to narrow down what to do with a short vacation.
There are so many things to do in Kauai, including a ton of free nature activities that it will be hard to ever get bored. Kauai is known for being one of the prettiest Hawaiian islands and the most laid back vibe of the four main islands. It’s perfect for those that want to step into nature and stretch their legs on a few hiking trails. February may be the high season, but it’s due to the tremendous weather you’re guaranteed. Get ready to plan your trip to Hawaii!
We always manage to visit Venice in the winter and because of this we’ve never dealt with any of the negatives that people often complain about with Venice. The Grand Canal is a wonder of the world with centuries of architecture, grand buildings, and history literally spilling into the buzzing thoroughfare. Visit large cathedrals, museums, and magnificent squares before dipping into charming narrow backstreets with hidden churches, bars, and churches.
The beauty of the canals never got old; it truly is something out of this world. However, the time of year you plan to visit Venice crucial. We unexpectedly went there in the middle of February and hit it right with prices and with crowds.
However a simple Google search of “Venice crowds” yields photos of the mass amount of tourists that flock to Venice every summer. Having the city to yourself is one of the many advantages of traveling during the off season. Of course, if you want a slightly more festive atmosphere time your trip for The Venice Festival and attend a costume ball.
Head to Big Sky country for some awesome ski without all of the crowds in Colorado, Utah, or California. There are two major ski resorts that are perfect for a week-long holiday jaunt with Whitefish and Big Sky. We’re big fans of Whitefish for some exceptional tree skiing or find some big mountain terrain on the Lone Peak tram at the top of Big sky.
Montana doesn’t lack in terms of natural beauty either or winter activities. Make your base in Bozeman for some western charm and winter tours in the Yellowstone National Park.
11.) South Africa
A road trip around South Africa is the ideal way to explore the country. South Africa has a good infrastructure of roads and plenty of sights during a long road trip. For us, it was our first introduction to Sub-saharan Africa and our first destination to go on safari.
We arrived in South Africa bright-eyed and excited to embark on an epic South African road trip. The Cape of Africa contains vast and diverse landscapes that are unlike any other place on earth. In Kruger National Park we spotted lions and elephants, the Drakensberg Mountain found us peering over 3,000-foot cliffs, and Hermanus brought us face to face with great white sharks.
12.) British Columbia
Head down the Powder Highway that stretches from Central to Eastern British Columbia for some epic powder skiing in big mountain terrain. The Powder Highway is the nickname for Canada’s 95A a loop road that covers 630 miles through Southeastern Brittish Columbia. Powderhounds have everything they could want along the highway with small towns, epic ski resorts, untouched backcountry, cat skiing, alpine lodges, and heli-ski operations.
Big mountain riders are long familiar with the snowy stretch of Canada as the terrain and snow here are some of the best in the world. If you don’t have the money to shell out for the luxury providers, the seven ski resorts on the highway offer world-class skiing that rivals their helicopter counterparts. Each resort has enough terrain and to entertain any skill level for days on end. Our personal favorites are Fernie and Revelstoke for the terrain and epic powder dumps. Check out our epic ski trip packing list!
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Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun in Italy. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses, but they do make a huge difference from the crappy $10 ones.
Skin cancer is for real, even in Italy! Don’t forget your SPF when traveling around Italy. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the sun in the summer.
We highly recommend getting an eco friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals.
I ALWAYS have a down jacket with me when I’m traveling in the winter, fall, or even spring, even in Italy. They aren’t just good for hikes, but doing anything outside. Mine came in particularly useful in the Dolomites.
Down jackets pack up light and small so there is no reason NOT to have one in your bag. Seriously it could save your life in a bad situation. We wrote a whole post on our favorites (hint –Feathered Friends, Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Hooded Jacket, Patagonia Down Sweater, REI Coop Down Jacket)
I love real books, but for traveling it can be easier to carry a lighter and more compact item like a Kindle. Plus, then you can download new books on the go!
Please consider purchasing a travel water bottle before your trip! We hate to see one time use plastic bottles ending up in the ocean. The tap water is so good here – seriously please don’t be one of those tourist that buys plastic water bottles in Italy. It’s a waste of money and plastic!
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Delsey makes my favorite hard side luggage and after five years of travel around the world, they have yet to let me down. Plus their bags look incredibly stylish, which is essential in countries like Italy. Many of their bags have heavy duty wheels, TSA accepted locks and two full packing compartments with tie-down straps and a zippered divider. If you want something different, check out our other favorite carry on luggage pieces.
Most hotels will provide you with a towel, but they often aren’t suitable or allowed on the beaches. I like to travel with a microfiber towel because they are light and fold up small, and they also don’t cling on to sand our dirt. Here are a few of our favorite travel towels.
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