The holidays are officially over, New Year’s resolutions have slowly begun to wane, and that relaxed-vacation feeling is all but a distant memory—welcome to February. But don’t underestimate the value of travel during the shortest month of the year. With low-season rates, fewer crowds, and plenty of celebrations, February is the ideal time to sneak in that first great getaway of the year.
You’ll get a healthy dose of Vitamin C in perpetually sun-kissed locations like Guatemala and Mexico, whose peaceful beach towns and untouched sands are the cure-all for any winter woe. If you’d rather fly toward the action, San Francisco revels in Super Bowl festivities while Singapore buzzes thanks creative new hotels.
Those in love with the cold season can revel in the cozy pubs and communal atmosphere of Montreal, or use Denver as a jumping off point for carving the slopes in nearby ski towns like Breckinridge and Aspen. Seeking a truly white winter? Venture further north to Norway, where reindeer sleigh rides are run-of-the-mill and the Northern Lights are in their prime.
Of course, Valentine’s Day may be reason enough to hop a plane and treat your honey—or yourself. Whether your idea of heaven is exploring the magic of Walt Disney World or lying on a beach fit for royalty in the Seychelles, nothing says romance like finding your own piece of paradise.