02 January 2018
Whether you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s break, a fun-filled family holiday or to celebrate cultural events around the world, February is a fantastic time for a fabulous getaway. Helping you decide where to go, here are some our top February travel destinations for 2018.
Our top three destinations for romantic Valentine’s Day holidays are…
Enjoy a memorable Valentine’s Day with your partner in Kyoto. This ancient city boasts a wide range of elaborate sites which make picturesque backdrops for romantic strolls including the idyllic Ujigami Shrine, the wooden Nijo Castle with its lush lawns and the impressive Kiyomizu-dera. Visit Kyoto’s legendary ‘onsen’ such as the Kurama hot spring and bathe in blissful waters with your partner. Kyoto is considered a chocolate paradise, so try treats like cakes and sweets at establishments such as the famed Nama Chocolate Organic Teahouse, allowing you to savour this indulgent aphrodisiac.
For a romantic secluded escape, jet off to sun-kissed paradise Bali. Enjoy lazy days with your partner at Pemuteran, based on the island’s north-west coast, where peaceful coral and white sand beaches await. Delight your loved one by taking them for a romantic dinner on the dramatic cliff faces of Uluwatu, a chic resort town where many luxurious hotels with infinity pools await. Bond as a couple by hiking up the volcanic Mount Batur so you can watch a spectacular sunrise, visit the intriguing Tanah Lot island temple, or snorkel among vivid coral reefs for the Valentine’s Day of your dreams!
Feel the romance on a trip to Hungarian capital Budapest during Valentine’s 2018. You can create lasting memories by embarking on a Danube cruise, passing the illuminated reflections of architectural marvels as you sail. Pledge your love by chaining a ‘love lock’ on the Szechenyi Lanchid suspension bridge which links the districts of Buda and Pest, or take a dip in the city’s famous hot springs at sites like the Szechenyi Baths. While you’re here dine on gourmet cuisine like goulash at elegant restaurants and visit iconic attractions such as Buda Castle, for a wonderful Valentine’s.
Our top three destinations for thrilling family getaways are…
Enjoy an exotic beach holiday by whisking your family off to Cape Verde at half term. Relax on the sugary white sands of the 55km Boa Vista Beach, or try water sports like paddle-boarding, sailing and water-skiing at the scenic Estoril Beach. You could also tour the cobbled, café-lined streets of popular tourist town Santa Maria on Sal Island, before viewing the striking Cabo shipwreck nearby. Hike up volcanic peaks such as Pico do Fogo, meet intriguing creatures at the Santa Luzia nature reserve or trek through dense jungle landscapes; Cape Verde provides plenty of family adventures!
Take your children to natural wonderland Reykjavik for the winter adventure of a lifetime. Go on the ultimate quest by heading to the city’s Seltjarnarnes district, where you can often spot the magnificent Northern Lights at this time of year. View awesome natural sites like the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall by touring the ‘Golden Circle’ route which loops the Icelandic capital. Bathe in the warm waters of the legendary blue lagoon, watch puffins take flight from the nearby Westman Islands or witness the Great Geyser explode; there’s just so much for your family to see and do here!
Fun for all the family awaits in Sydney. Chase thrills and spills at Luna Park Sydney, where your kids can ride Ferris wheels and roller coasters. Wet’n’Wild Sydney is a must-visit water park, as it hosts exciting water slides as well as lazy rivers, surfing areas and its own beach. You can also make amazing family memories with a trip to Taronga Zoo, where you can meet 4,000 animals including giraffes, tigers and sea lions. Visit in February and you can tour Sydney icons like the Opera House and Bondi Beach in peace, as the city’s often not too busy at this time of year.
Our top three destinations for cultural events in February are…
There’s no better party than the New Orleans Mardis Gras celebration, which will take place on 13 February in 2018. Get into the party spirit and watch the colourful Mardis Gras parades that’ll take over Bourbon street. Attend the highly-anticipated ‘Krewe of Orpheus’ masquerade ball in the city’s Superdome, watch ‘Flambeaux’ flaming torch displays and indulge in traditional bead throwing while revelling in the jazz haunts of the French quarter! While you’re here tick iconic sites like creative hub Jackson Square and the soaring St Louis Cathedral off your bucket list!
Venice is a must-visit destination for any cultural enthusiast, with attractions ranging from the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs to the gilded domes of St Mark’s Basilica and the Grand Canal. One of the best times to visit Venice is February when the city hosts its annual Carnevale celebration before Lent. The occasion is famous for its elaborate masks, public feasts and spectacular parades. In 2018 the Venice Carnevale will be held from 27 January to 13 February and will include everything from colourful balls to death-defying acrobatics shows, so you don’t want to miss out!
The Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven; Beijing is a year-round bucket list destination. This ancient city comes alive at Chinese New Year, which in 2018 takes place on 16 February, delivering unique holiday experiences. Spend time at Beijing’s iconic Chinese New Year ‘Temple Fairs’ like the one at Ditan Park, where you can watch traditional performances and buy authentic handicrafts. Get into the spirit by watching the vibrant New Year fireworks displays, observing traditional dragon dances and strolling along its lantern-lined streets.