There are plenty of reasons to travel in February from the half term break to a surprise romantic weekend away. Or simply to celebrate the fact that January is finally over.

Take the family to Oman for guaranteed winter sun and desert adventures. Muscat’s hotels offer every comfort as a base from which to explore this fascinating country.

Further afield, Burma beckons with cultural abundance. Cruise up the Irrawaddy, hot-air balloon over Bagan and explore the ancient capital of Ava by horse-drawn cart. Just over the border, Thailand’s beaches and well-run hotels offer good value yet sublime food and service.


Brazil is closer than you think with only a three-hour time difference from the UK. February is also party time with the Rio Carnival usually taking place at this time. Elsewhere in Latin America, Chile enchants with its fabulously diverse landscapes from the Atacama Desert to Patagonia’s Torres del Paine.

For a winter adventure the Svalbard archipelago is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Dog sled or snow mobile across the Arctic wilderness and camp in comfort under the dancing Northern Lights.

You may simply feel the need for a quick beach fix, in which case the Caribbean island of Antigua is pure paradise and gives you the excuse to do nothing more than lie back in a hammock sipping a freshly-made rum punch.

If you have more time to spare, New Zealand should be on your hit list. As well as being the home of adventure sports, helicopter rides, skiing, sailing and hiking, it also has fascinating Maori culture, genuinely stunning landscapes and some of the friendliest inhabitants on earth. Add to this some really world-class hotels and you have the recipe for the holiday of a lifetime.



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