6 Incredible February Vacations to Book RN
Sure, you basically just returned to work after your holiday break, but you made a resolution to travel more this year, right? Travel to most destinations is low during February, so you’ll find great deals on flights and hotels. Whether you’re seeking a Southern Hemisphere summer or want to join some of the biggest parties in the world, here are six destinations that deliver this month.
Venice, ItalyVenice is a super hot destination for 2017 in general, but February is when Venetians host one of the biggest parties in the world: Carnevale! Costumes aren’t required, but we say you must channel the Italian Renaissance in a bold, metallic and/or feather-full fashion (or at least a traditional Venetian mask) if you’re there for the celebration, running from February 11-28. Head to St. Mark’s Square for a twice-daily parade of the most elaborate costumes and the Grand Canal for a water parade of masked boatmen, performances and fireworks. (Photo via Marco Secchi/Getty)
Melbourne, AustraliaIt’s summer down under! Set on Port Phillip Bay on Australia’s South Coast, this artsy, multi-cultural escape sees warm, dry temps during February, so you can enjoy a bevvie with all the cool kids at one of the many bustling rooftop bars (try Roof Loop or nineteenforty). The hip summer scene is pretty unbeatable: a lively Summer Night Market every Wednesday, music festivals, gorgeous parks and, the lifeblood of Melbourians, adorable cafes (Degraves Street is super charming). If you need a low-key side-trip, the Yarra Valley wine region and the beaches of Phillip Island are less than an hour away.
NorwayIf you’re totally embracing the Danish idea of hygge, or enjoying coziness and togetherness during winter, then Norway in February is your perfect trip. Norwegians actually have their own word for hygge: koselig. To foster a sense of community during the long, dark days of winter, Norwegian cities host tons of festivals and celebrations. You’ll also see breathtaking winter beauty, spy the swirling Northern Lights, eat some amazing Scandinavian food (Bastant Stolegaten in Bergen specializes in soups to warm you up!), take a Husky sledding tour through national parks (umm… the dream) AND beat all the crowds that flock to Norway during the summer.
4. Oruro, Bolivia: There are carnivals across the world in February, but the spectacular Oruro Carnival is an authentic experience you’ll never forget. The town draws 400,000 people for its massive festival. You’ll need lots of Andean coffee to participate in the celebration: With over 20,000 dancers and 10,000 musicians, the parade lasts for 20 hours. Don’t escape to the nearby glorious Sajama National Park right away — the day after the parade there’s a huge city-wide water-balloon fight.