Top 10 best destinations to visit in February as a couple or with friends

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These are the ten most popular destinations in Europe, North America and around the world for solo vacations, romantic getaways, city breaks with friends, and more this February provides customers with the best deals on cheap flights all year round, so we’ve looked at the numbers and found our customers’ favorite routes for the new year. Let’s explore!

Romantic getaways in Europe

Corfu Town square — ShutterstockWhy not try Corfu Town for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway? — Shutterstock

Let’s start with some February sun and, seeing as Valentine’s Day is approaching, look at a spot of romance on the Greek island of Corfu. With strong flavors of Venice in its marbled squares and colonnaded walkways, Corfu Town is a maze of kandounia, the narrow, cobbled streets typical of Greek island towns. If you don’t fancy staying in Corfu Town (although why wouldn’t you?!) there are whitewashed cottages in the hills, beach resorts, spas and much more to allow you to simply relax with your loved one.

View of the Duomo Cathedral and and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall in Milan, early in the morning — ShutterstockThe Duomo Cathedral and the entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall, Milan — Shutterstock

Naturally, Italy’s always a great option for a romantic weekend away. Milan is a grand and inspiring city, with some of the best restaurants, bars, and venues in the country, with everything from family-owned trattoria to top-end eateries catering to that special weekend. Walk in the cold, fresh February air across the huge cathedral square, browse top high-street names on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, or enter the vast and imposing shopping gallery of the same name for the most prestigious names in fashion.

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Panoramic sunny view of Funchal — ShutterstockSunshine is pretty much guaranteed in Funchal all year round — Shutterstock

Funchal is a winning combination of history, culture, and a wonderful food and drink scene. The Portuguese city sits on the island of Madeira off the west coast of Morocco and is famous for its eponymous wine. There’s been a city here for over 600 years, meaning it’s a mixture of old lanes and squares, as well as newer hotels and shopping centers. Zona Velha, once the fishermans’ quarter, is now a lively area of cafes, galleries, and tiny local shops, and the subtropical climate means you’re virtually guaranteed sunshine.

City trips with friends in North America

View from the top of a slope at Deer Valley Ski Resort near Salt Lake City — ShutterstockDeer Valley Ski Resort, a venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics, is a short drive away from Salt Lake City — Shutterstock

We begin in Utah, and Salt Lake City. Host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Olympic Park is still very much in evidence, a mere 20 minutes from the city center. Winter sports fans are clearly catered for, with the park offering ski runs, bobsleigh and skeleton rides, a museum looking back at the event, and more throughout the year. It’s not all for thrillseekers though, with February bringing events such as a Warhol exhibition, experimental Shakespeare, Irish dance workshops, and live music of all genres.

Fort Saint Louis with beach in the foreground, Fort-de-France — ShutterstockFort Saint Louis, Fort-de-France — Shutterstock

Next up, the possibly lesser-known city of Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, and technically part of France (Martinique is an overseas department of France). Once a swampy outpost of a mighty empire, today it’s a bustling destination for cruise ships, French tourists, and people wanting a bit of vigor compared to the sleepy beaches across the rest of the island. The imposing Fort Saint Louis is a symbol of France’s previous naval dominance, and there’s also a controversial statue of Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon, who was born on the island. There’s more going on in Martinique than you’d imagine.

Panoramic view of golf course beyond a pond in Palm Springs at dawn — ShutterstockPalm Springs is known for its luxurious golf courses, hotels and spas — Shutterstock

Finally, a classic winter sun destination: Palm Springs, California. Its 1950s and 60s architecture reflects the time when it — ahem — sprang to prominence, and is now known for its hotels, golf courses and spas, as well as being a fabulous base for more rugged types wanting to explore the Coachella Valley. Take an architectural tour, ride the spectacular aerial tramway for views across the valley and surrounding desert, or rent a bicycle for a 20-mile cycle adventure along part of the San Andreas fault. 

Solo travel around South America

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Lawrence, Santa Cruz de la Sierra — ShutterstockThe Cathedral Basilica of St. Lawrence, Santa Cruz de la Sierra — Shutterstock

First off, we have Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a warm, tropical city in Bolivia that feels in sharp contrast to the thin air and nippy nights of La Paz. Start at the Parque Urbano, one of the centers of city life and venue of fairs, outdoor concerts, or people just simply sitting and watching the world go by. The plazas and streets of the old town date from as far back as the 15th century, while the city has a delightful twist with influences from cultures as diverse as Russia and Japan, reflecting the tumultuous history of Bolivia both ancient and modern.

Dish of patacones with condiments and a glass of beer — ShutterstockPatacones (deep-fried green plantain) is a popular dish in Santa Marta — Shutterstock

Another city named for an aspect of religion now, but this time it’s Santa Marta in Colombia. Declared both a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site as far back as 1979, the immediate region is home to over 30,000 people from a variety of indigenous ethnic groups, while the city itself is built on a beautiful bay backed by thickly-forested mountains. The warm sea and historic city center are only a five-minute walk apart, so you can watch the sun sink over the bay while feasting on local delicacies such as chipi chipi (clam soup), fried fish, patacones (fried green plantains), coconut rice and cocadas (coconut macaroons). Delicious.

Backpacking around Asia

Pastel-colored houses in George Town — ShutterstockA street of colorful houses in George Town — Shutterstock

George Town was, as its name suggests, once a British trading post — indeed, it was the first such British trade hub in Southeast Asia. Today, it’s the capital of the Penang region of Malaysia with around 700,000 inhabitants and while it’s a center for both the tech and cruise tourism industries, the historical center is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and its eclectic mix of colonial buildings, Chinese markets, mosques, museums, colorful streets and friendly people are warm and welcoming.

It’s one of the region’s top street food destinations, with cuisines from across Asia and beyond on offer, and the old jetties that once served local fishermen are still in use, only now as workshops for local artists and craftspeople. It’s this combination of living, local history and centuries of eclecticism that makes George Town one of Asia’s essentials.

Big city trips in Africa

Sunset view over Yaoundé — ShutterstockSunset view over Yaoundé — Shutterstock

The Africa Cup of Nations football tournament enters its final stages in early February, and if Cameroon (one of the favorites, alongside perennial success stories Senegal, Egypt and Algeria) go on to win, Yaoundé will be bouncing for weeks.

Cameroon’s capital is not its largest city (that’s Douala, on the coast), but it’s still a busy place built of concrete and mild chaos. However, it still offers some excellent diversions in the form of the National Museum (a wide-reaching and respectful look at Cameroon’s history and traditions), the Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe (one of the country’s most sacred religious sites), and the Blackitude Museum (a collection of some of the most culturally important artifacts in the land). Additionally, around 45 minutes’ drive from the city is Ape Action Africa’s Mefou National Park where visitors can learn about how apes are being protected across Africa, as well as the chance to interact with some of Cameroon’s Great Forest Apes.

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