The shortest month of the year has no shortage of opportunities for travelers.
With the holiday rush behind us, and summer still a long way off, February is the perfect month for planning a truly far-flung retreat. After all, the shortest month of the year is one of the best opportunities for travelers to find deep savings and thin crowds.
For travelers who are still recovering from a stressful 2017, there may be no better way to spend a cold February week than sunning on a deserted beach in the Caribbean, or experiencing a peaceful stargazing hike in the mountains of Colorado. Culture hounds, on the other hand, can watch Sicily’s orchards come to life with fragrant oranges and lemons this time of year.
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Focusing on memorable sights (a rainforest in Tasmania; a mountaintop resort in rural Oman), these mid-winter itineraries will enjoying some of the world’s most epic natural landscapes — and at the perfect time of year.
For the southern hemisphere, of course, February means summer. And for other destinations, such as Honolulu and northern Utah, this month offers something unique, whether it’s spectacular 30-foot waves or fewer crowds at popular landmarks.
Whatever your travel style, consider these 15 destinations to escape the post-holiday doldrums. We promise, you'll find adventure, sophistication, and plenty of excuses to make February your biggest travel month yet.