February is an underrated month to travel. Most people are in the throes of work, trying to hold onto New Year's Resolutions, and thinking about their summer travel. If you're ready to get away now, here are some great destinations.
Being on the Mediterranean, Greece doesn’t get too chilly in winter. In the evening after sunset, temperatures fall to around 40F, but stay around 60F during a sunny day. The more north you travel, the cooler it stays, but if you’re island hopping, you’re most likely warmer. February is an off-season month for Greece and you’ll find less crowds at the major tourist sites like the Acropolis in Athens. The islands swell with tourists during the summer months, making February an ideal month to visit Greece!
Mexico City & San Miguel de Allende
If you want a tropical trip, take a trip to Mexico City and while you’re there, take a trip to the quirky village of San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel is now full of creatives and artists - it’s like the New Mexico of, well, Mexico. Mexico is full of warm people, warm sunshine, and delicious tequila. The capitol city is vibrant and becoming more well known on the world stage for its food culture.
Pro Tip: Depending on what’s going on in the area, you may want to book your trip through a tour company to ensure your safety.
Ecuador is a hidden gem on the equator. The Galápagos Islands belong to Ecuador and are famed for its wildlife. Years of Incan culture and Spanish influence created a beautiful, peaceful country. It’s easy enough to see the whole of Ecuador in a week, but tack on a few extra days to visit the Galapagos. It’s expensive, but regarded as one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world.
Botswana is a land-locked country just north of South Africa and borders Namibia. Much of the country is flat and home to the Kalahari Desert. As you get closer to South Africa, you can often go on safari. It’s usually much less expensive than safaris in South Africa, yet you see much of the same wildlife. Botswana is a peaceful country and, while hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, has a great track record for its economy and human rights.
Pro Tip: Sign up for a group or private tour to get you around Botswana. The terrain, language, and wildlife are beyond most Westerners travel know-how.
Singapore, near Malaysia, is one of the most interesting places to visit. It’s an island, a city-state, and colonized by the British way back when. Much of the architecture is modern, they have a fantastic economy, and a wonderful culture. Singapore is a popular stopover when visiting other Asian countries, but the rules there are tight. Be sure to cross all T’s and dot all i’s when you plan to go - they don’t mess around with lazy paperwork. Because of Singapore’s rich cultural diversity, the cuisine ranges from Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, and all types of western food. The best part, if you visit in February, you’ll have temperatures around the 80F mark and the fewest rainy days of any month.
Honestly, who doesn’t want to go to Fiji? With its pristine beaches, freshly caught seafood, and warm, welcoming people, there’s not much to complain about in Fiji. Whether you stay on one of the resorts or get out on the island and meet the people, Fiji is a true treasure. Coming from Europe or America, the flight is exhausting, but well worth it. Just remember, the farther you travel, the more time you should allow on the beach. While February is the warm and rainy season in Fiji, the rain is mostly on the island’s interior. If you plan to go hiking in the mountains, pack your rain gear, but out on the beaches, you’ll be fine. The main sport in Fiji is rugby, and the national team packs quite a punch. They even won the country’s first Olympic Gold Medal in rugby in 2016 - the first games Rugby was an official sport. Fiji pride is fierce and strong… I’d be surprised if you don’t come back a Fiji rugby fan!
It's not too late to plan a quick Valentine's Day getaway!! Happy Travels!