Best places to go in February: Our top 7 picks for a solo holiday

By Andrew Dickens

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Fall in love with a new country by scouring our list of the best places to go in February

February. A month famous for two things: ruining the “30 days has September…” rhyme with its leap year caveat and Valentine’s Day. If Cupid hasn’t pricked you with his little arrow – or even if he has and you just fancy some time alone – perhaps you should spend the month taking a solo holiday?

Whether you specifically want to find the best places to go in February for sun, or just looking to see what takes your fancy, there’s plenty of fantastic destinations that will allow you to escape whatever February throws your way.

To help, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to go in February for a solo holiday. Because we love you.

A note on Covid: countries on this list may be subject to Covid-related restrictions or entry requirements. Please check your country’s official travel advice for further guidance and updates, or you can chat live with a Flash Pack travel expert.

Argentina

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Home of the tango – a dance of romance and passion – Argentina isn’t all about erotic thrusting on the dancefloor (though do be our guest). It’s also about food and adventure and splendid weather for all of the above as the summer peaks and long, warm days are still plentiful. Argentina certainly isn’t cold in February; the average high temperature sits at just under the 30°C mark.

Travel tips for February: It’s a popular month, so book as far in advance as possible.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Argentina

Colombia

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The great thing about Colombia is that it has such a wide range of landscapes: from mountainous cities to the balmy Caribbean coast. February is toasty enough to herald in temperatures around the 31°C mark in the party hub of Cartagena: perfect for salsa dancing until dawn over a rum cocktail or three. Meanwhile in the capital Bogota, you’ll be able to cool down with city strolls at a breezier 18°C.

Travel tips for February: Head to Guatapé to admire one of South America’s most colourful towns, followed by a vigorous climb up nearby El Peñol de Guatapé, for panoramic views.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Colombia

Finland

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If warm weather isn’t a must-have, why not try setting your sights on Northern Europe? Plus, who hasn’t fantasised about being a Viking? Nothing to be ashamed of. And nothing will make you feel more like a Nordic warrior than winter in Finland. We think it’s one of the best places to go in February in Europe because you can go from sub-freezing outdoor activities to cosying up by an open fire wearing nothing but a bearskin rug.

Travel tips for February: It’s all about the base layers, the base layers…

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Finland

Sri Lanka

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It’s mad to think that Sri Lanka is still considered a bit off the tourist trail, a bit “oooh, that’s different” when looking for a holiday in Asia. But long may it continue, because that makes it all the more affordable. Also, it’s one of the best places to go in February as there’s minimal rainfall and gorgeous sunny days on the west and south coasts and in central Sri Lanka

A trip to Sri Lanka allows you to experience lush mountain scenery and an array of wildlife, while the coastlines offer enough activities to keep any adventurer occupied. If history is more your style, then the abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites mean Sri Lanka is still a great choice for a February getaway.

Travel tips for February: The west coast is much drier than the north in February.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Sri Lanka

Costa Rica

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It’s always a good tip to travel somewhere just after peak season. The weather has barely changed, but the prices have – and it’s a lot quieter. This is what makes February the perfect time to travel to Costa Rica, you still get sun, sea, scenery, wildlife, rice and beans, but with a bit more peace and quiet, too. Costa Rica is a top bucket list destination for good reason, verdant landscapes and remarkable wildlife are the top draws, but the unspoilt surroundings will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. 

Travel tips for February: Keep one eye on the trees for sun-loving monkeys.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Costa Rica

South Africa

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February in South Africa is hot, hot, hot, but it’s also post peak season, making it a great time to visit. You’ll get sunshine, adventure, wildlife and delicious cheap wine without the crowds and cost of January. Top areas to check out are Cape Town and the famous Garden Route, an extensive National Park where there is plenty to explore. The big pull of South Africa for travellers is the wide range of things to do, many of which might already be on your bucket list. If you fancy snorkelling with octopi, a spot of abseiling or cycling through scenic vineyards, you can find it all in South Africa.

Travel tips for February: A soothing winery tour is a must to balance out any daring outdoor pursuits.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in South Africa

Rwanda

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Rwanda only has a very brief dry season (hence the delightful greenness in parts of this gorgeous country) and February is right at the end of it, which makes gorilla trekking in this month a much cleaner experience. ​​It’s also a great time to arrange some hikes in Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks, as there’s little chance of being drenched in a downpour and an influx of migrant birds just adds to the wildlife experience. Certain parts of Rwanda will be cooler at night in February, so it’s still a good idea to pack a few layers just in case.

Travel tips for February: Take US dollars or Euros (at any time of year).

February is a great time of year to travel. Many of the best destinations will be on the shoulder of their busiest seasons, so you can take advantage of favourable weather without the peak season prices. 

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