Best places to travel in February
5 holiday destinations to extend your summer break.
The last vestiges of summer are upon us and for those of us not quite ready to say farewell to the summer holidays, you've plenty of places to go where the sun shines in February.
Say, for example these five hot destinations.
For romantics, we've thrown in a few luxe getaways to share with your loved one on Valentine's Day 14 February, while for festival fiends we've also thrown in a few popular places to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Best places to travel in February
Best budget destination: Gold Coast
Catch those last days of summer in the Sunshine State.
Basking in some 245 days of sunshine and boasting over 30 golden beaches, the Gold Coast is one of your best options for a relaxing beach getaway or romantic sunrise – whatever time of year you plan to visit.
By February, the water babies have moved off leaving you with enough space on the beach to put down your towel and then some.
Aim to be on the beach early February though as the rains start to fall closer to March.
- February weather: 26–30℃, summer.
- Top February events: Circus Rio, Waitangi Day, Sand Safari Arts Festival, Chinese New Year Street Party (Hope Island) and the Gold Coast Triathlon.
- Best for: Unwinding, beach escapes, weekend breaks.
Best city to go to: Adelaide
Have you discovered "Radelaide" yet?
South Australia's capital heats up in more ways than one in February. For starters, this is the city's hottest month, though if you play your dates right and travel later in the month you could relish in warm mid-20 degree weather. It's also a hub of arts and sporting activities with the Adelaide Fringe landing this month as well as Adelaide United playing on home ground early in the month.
- February weather: 26–31℃, summer.
- Top February events: Adelaide Fringe, Marilyn Jetty Swim, Queen's Wharf Food and Wine Festival and Adelaide United vs Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium (3 February).
- Best for: Food and wine escapes, weekend and city breaks.
Best for a cool escape: Tokyo
Snow bunnies, prepare to kick up some of the most pristine powder in the world.
February is peak ski season in Japan and if you can't wait until mid-year to shred the slopes on our side of the world, Japan is your next best option.
With budget airlines such as Jetstar offering cheap seats to Tokyo you can have your pick of the nearby fields such as Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen or branch further with an internal flight to Sapporo to explore Niseko and Furano.
- February weather: 5-12℃ (Tokyo), winter.
- Top February events: World Valentine Festival, winter illuminations, Doll Floating Ceremony, Tokyo Marathon, Chinese Spring Festival and plum and cherry blossom festivals.
- Best for: Snow trips, culture.
Best for events: Hong Kong
Celebrate the lunar new year in style.
You'll discover Chinese New Year celebrations throughout the Asian continent, though for one of the most spectacular events to mark the date a trip to Hong Kong cannot go amiss.
This year Hong Kong is promising a showstopping 15-day celebration complete with fireworks displays, night parades and wishing trees.
- February weather: 14–22℃, winter.
- Top February events: Chinese New Year.
- Best for: Culture, shopping, city break.
Best surprise destination: Dubai
Spoil yourself in one of the most luxurious cities in the world.
Romantic beach breaks are one thing but if you really want to up the game on Valentine's Day this year, Dubai is a playground for the senses.
A gem of the Middle East, Dubai is a melting pot of unique and luxurious activities. It's home to the largest shopping centre in the world, as well as the tallest building in the world. It's also home to Burg Al Arab, a 7-star hotel that features a fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms and 24-hour butler service.
- February weather: 23-31℃, winter.
- Top February events: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Food Festival and RedFest DXB.
- Best for: City break, culture.
When is the best time in February to take a holiday?
February is low season for many destinations as it’s outside the December/January holiday season.
That being said, large celebrations such as Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year tend to occur in February, so if you'd prefer to avoid the crowds and peak prices, give these cities a miss or drop in outside the event dates.