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Best places in the world to travel to in February 2024

Many people spend February anxiously waiting for the sun. But why wait? Pack your suitcase and head out to meet summer in another country. The weather is still fantastic in some countries, and the New Year and Christmas high season boom has subsided. If you plan your vacation for February, your budget will benefit.

Let’s look at the TOP 5 places around the world to visit in winter, particularly in February.

The best destinations to travel to in February

  1. Belize
  2. Bahamas
  3. Panama
  4. Thailand
  5. France
The ruins of Belize © Getty Images

Belize: Travel to a country with amazing beaches and a law protecting jaguars

The stunning natural environment makes Belize a fantastic holiday destination. What else? Well, Belize is one of the most peaceful countries in Central America. With guards to protect jaguars in the jungles, the Belizeans are big advocates for protecting their wildlife. The country has only four aircraft in its air force and counts only 1,000 or so soldiers in its army. They don’t need more! Perhaps it’s impossible to be belligerent when surrounded by amazing landscapes.

Area: 22,966 km2 Language: English Capital city: Belmopan
Population: 404,915 Local currency: Belizean dollar Time zone: GMT-6

Best vacation spots in Belize

Belize, the homeland of the Mayan tribe, has ramped up its tourism industry over the last decade. Several beautiful places have already become famous, and more are waiting to be discovered.

Visit San Pedro – An iconic area for partygoers

San Pedro is La Isla Bonita from Madonna’s hit. It is famous for its magnificent beaches, snorkeling and diving facilities, and nightlife. After sunset, life in the town begins to heat up even more.

Placencia – A mecca for seafood fans

Placencia is a popular fishing village and seaside resort. Enjoy its beautiful beaches, then check out the local restaurants that feature some of the freshest seafood on the planet. You can get a real feel for the traditional culture by visiting a village inhabited by the Garifuna people. Dive into the unique traditions of the Garifuna, descendants of a mixture of indigenous and African people.

Heap of fresh fish
The Mecca for those who love fresh seafood, Placencia is not to be missed! © Getty Images

Discover a top place for divers – The Great Blue Hole

Belize attracts water sports fans with one of the top dive sites in the world, the Great Blue Hole. This 125-meter-deep marine sinkhole lies in the middle of a tiny atoll off the country’s coast. Divers enjoy studying cave formations and observing marine wildlife as the area has great visibility underwater.

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One of the must activities in Belize is to take a helicopter to see the Blue Hole from above © Getty Images

Bahamas: A plethora of islands to visit

For vacationers, the Bahamas equals relaxation and no fuss. Even Hollywood stars have mansions on these paradise islands to escape the bustle of their chaotic lives. Why not go where life is easy?

Area: 13,880 km2 Language: English Capital city: Nassau
Population: 396,914 Local Currency: Bahamian dollar Time zone: GMT-4

Best vacation spots in the Bahamas

If you fancy having a vacation in the tropical paradise style, consider these top spots in the Bahamas.

Where to go to find yourself in the world of Ernest Hemingway? Alice Town!

Visit the fabulous Alice Town on North Bimini, a favorite locale of writer and adventurer Ernest Hemingway in his books. You’ll find outstanding fishing spots, luxurious yachts, and the museum of Hemingway here!

Enjoy water activities in the fairytale surroundings of Paradise Island

The island formerly known as Hog Island is indeed a paradise for those searching for recreation in the Bahamas. The Atlantis complex offers gigantic water parks, beaches, swimming pools, casinos, and other tourist hotspots. The hotels here will remind you of fairytale palaces. Almost a third of the Atlantis Paradise Island resort is dedicated to water activities. It’s a great destination for traveling with family and kids.

Scenic view of Atlantis Resort on a sunny day, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
The resorts on Paradise Island are luxurious but so worth the price © Getty Images

Even the cheapest hotel room has a luxury vibe in Nassau

The country’s capital has excellent offerings for every time of the day. Enjoy stunning views in the morning and rich nightlife with gambling and spicy attractions in the evening. Almost all the hotels, even the budget-friendly ones, offers highly comfortable guest rooms with views of the sea, a pool, and landscaped area with a garden.

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Panama: A country where majestic skyscrapers stand near ancient ruins

Pedro Miguel Locks and Centennial Bridge
Pedro Miguel Locks and Centennial Bridge © Getty Images

Discover a magic mix of ruins, from palaces to monasteries, that witnessed pirate raids in Panama. Walk through fashionable quarters with stately skyscrapers. These attractions make Panama a desirable destination regardless of the time of year. It’s also a unique bridge linking two coasts and connecting South America with Central and North.

Area: 75,517 km2 Language: Spanish Capital city: Panama City
Population: 4.3 million Local currency: Panamanian balboa Time zone: GMT-5

Best vacation spots in Panama

Panama is the perfect place for all kinds of recreation – leisurely family swimming, surfing, fancy parties, hiking to volcanos, and visiting villages of indigenous tribes. And, of course, the Panama Canal! Come to the visitor center at Miraflores, where you can see the ships moving from one ocean to another.

City of Bocas del Toro – A gateway to the islands

Bocas del Toro attracts tourists with its hotels, restaurants, and entertainment centers. Discover Caribbean culture through rainforests and exotic islands that are like something from a postcard.

Contadora Island – The ultimate place to relax

Picturesque and surrounded by majestic coral reefs, Contadora has a variety of offerings that are easy on the eye. You’ll find romantic corners for honeymooning, palms and white sand, and an array of entertainment options like gambling.

Panama City – Follow in the steps of Captain Henry Morgan (yes, the one who gave his name to rum)

Wander down colorful modern streets and scope out ancient ruins in Panama City. Don’t miss the legendary Panama Viejo, the ruins of the first city destroyed by the pirate crew of Henry Morgan. Did you know that swimming is prohibited in the coastal areas of Panama City? Thankfully, less than an hour from the capital, the sandy beaches of Coronado, Gorgona, San Carlos, and Rio Mar await you.

Casco Viejo at Panama City, Panama
Wander around and discover the beautiful architecture of Panama City © Getty Images
The boat markets in Thailand are the key to experiencing the local culture © Getty Images

Thailand: Visit an island of freedom in Asia

Thailand is a tourism-oriented country. That means a top-notch holiday the destination is waiting for you. Bangkok is one of the most visited capitals in the world. Once you visit, you’ll understand why “Thailand” translates as “The land of free ones.”

Area: 513,120 km2 Language: Thai Capital city: Bangkok
Population: 69.9 million Local Currency: Thai Baht Time zone: GMT+7

Best vacation spots in Thailand

Thailand can satisfy any traveler’s needs. Everyone can find activities to meet their taste, from spiritual trips to the cradle of Buddhism to chilling on the beach to extensive shopping.

Koh Phangan – A place for partying

Koh Phangan is a mecca for youth craving parties all night long and subsequent hangovers at the pool. Full moon parties at Haad Rin Beach are famous all over the country.

Krabi – Visit this hidden gem with sun and historic sites

Thailand, Railay beach, Hat Tham Phra Nang beach
One of the most beautiful beaches in the world – Railay Beach © Getty Images

Krabi is a great spot year-round, but February is ideal because the crowds are the smallest. Besides sunning on the pristine beach, you’ll want to visit the landmarks of Krabi – the Khao Khanap Nam caves and the temple museum Wat Klong Tom, which is over 500 years old!

Bangkok – The most visited capital in the world

Bangkok combines elements of Eastern culture with the European traditions of a large metropolis. Why not see luxurious Buddhist temples in the morning and then have fun at numerous parties in the evening?

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France: Discover hidden gems among famous destinations

France has plenty of cool places aside from Paris. Unfortunately, most tourists are limited to visiting the capital. In winter, however, the French Alps are a magnet for skiers. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the fantastic winter treasures in France beyond Paris with your own eyes.

Area: 543,940 km2 Language: French Capital city: Paris
Population: 67.5 million Local Currency: Euro Time zone: GMT+1

Best vacation spots in France

Do you fancy an active February with skiing in the Alps (and enjoying exquisite Lyonnaise cuisine)? Lyon awaits! Choose a suitable flight to this third-largest French city and prepare to ski! The best ski resorts near Lyon are easily reachable from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, a gateway to the French Alps. Its beginner-friendly resorts make the area perfect for a family holiday.

Chamonix – Visit the place where the first Winter Olympics took place

Chamonix is famous for its magnificent snowy landscapes and for being the site of the first Winter Olympics, held in 1924. The town is located in a valley surrounded by the charming Mont Blanc mountain range. Beginners can hone their skills on gentle hills while experienced skiers and snowboarders head for challenging slopes with sharp turns. Make your vacation here even better by skiing down the White Valley, a multi-kilometer downhill along the majestic glacier.

Brides-les-Bains – Travel to the most budget-friendly resort of Les 3 Vallées

There are three reasons to spend your vacation in Brides-les-Bains – skiing facilities, thermal springs, and reasonable prices. Located 600 meters above sea level, the area is perfect for people who find it difficult to acclimatize in the highlands. In the morning, visitors get on the Olympe high-mountain lift, which takes them to the nearest ski area and slopes for skiers of all levels. And in the afternoons, a good option is to visit a spa with healing mud, mineral waters, and massage.

Argentiere – Spice up usual skiing holidays with a wide choice of activities

Unlike many other French resorts, Argentiere’s cold weather lasts until May. Both beginner and professional skiers will feel comfortable at this resort, which has some slopes to fit everyone’s skill level. Sledding, ice skating, snowmobiles, snowshoeing, and rock climbing are available in this small, cozy village.

Argentiere, alps, skiing
Argentiere, the best place to visit for skiing © Getty Images

Avoriaz – Say goodbye to cars and hello to serenity

To preserve your love for nature, the modern resort Avoriaz is completely closed to cars, so you are left with some one-on-one time with the mountains and forests. Go skiing on the slopes of Portes du Soleil, and don’t forget to visit the hot springs center.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the no. 1 most visited country in the world?

France is the most visited country in the world. Because of the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, it has gotten hard to compare the popularity of countries due to severe travel restrictions. Nevertheless, in 2018 and 2019, France welcomed 90 million guests from all over the world.

What to pack when traveling?

Earplugs can help when you travel in a noisy vehicle or stay at a hotel in the city center. Plug adapters allow you to charge your phone when sockets differ from your home country. Don't forget sunglasses and sunscreen even if you're traveling to cloudy places like Stockholm or London. And, indeed, a corkscrew will come in handy if you fancy a glass of vino.

What is the best way to pack your luggage?

We recommend the Tetris method: fill every inch of space (shoes should be stuffed with socks and put together, heel-to-toe, at the bottom of the suitcase). Roll clothes instead of folding them. It helps save a bit of space and avoid wrinkles. Also, keep liquids within easy reach: Airport luggage control sometimes asks you to pull out all liquids when going through security.

How to plan a vacation?

Start by allocating your budget and decide where and when to go. Then, find a suitable flight and accommodation. Remember to exchange money in advance if needed. Prepare medical insurance and make copies of your documents. Of course, plan some things you’d like to do. (Stories from might help you come up with vacation ideas.) And finally, pack your suitcase and go!

Where are the best places to surf?

  • Gold Coast, Australia — Straddie, Snapper (Superbank) for adrenaline surfing.
  • North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii — Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline for skilled surfers, and Sunset Beach on the North Shore for beginners.
  • Bukit Peninsula, Bali, Indonesia — Padang Right for beginners, and Uluwatu or Padang Padang Left for experts.

Where are the best places to scuba dive?

  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia — The world’s longest reef has all the tropical sea life and coral you could imagine.
  • Ko Tao, Thailand — magnificent underwater life and is a cheap place to visit.
  • Sinai Peninsula, Egypt— Here, you will see not only the sea life but also a large shipwreck of a British vessel, SS Thistlegorm, that was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941. Feel as if you were investigating a great mystery with this sunken craft.