Baja California, Mexico
Baja California is one of the best destinations in the world for whale watching and February is one of the best times to go. The majority of the world's population of grey whales return to mate and give birth. The whale watching here is exceptional as you can get up close to the incredibly friendly whales – there'll be no need to squint into the distance for a hopeful sighting.
If you tire of the sea, there are land-based delights to explore too. Baja California is a great region for wine thanks to the warm and dry climate. There are plenty of vineyards to tour, and of course plenty of wine to taste!
New Orleans, USA
February sees one of the most popular events in the US - Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. Mardi Gras translates as 'fat Tuesday' in French which reflects the origin of the festival as the last chance to eat rich and fatty food before lent. The tradition was brought to the US by French Catholics and the celebrations are continued today in New Orleans thanks to its French heritage - Orléans of course being pronounced OR-LEE-OHN in French.
During February there are float parades throughout the French Quarter organised by krewes. The most intricate floats are usually put together by Orpheus, Bacchus, and Endymion.
If you're looking to escape the dreary British weather then head to New Zealand which in February is enjoying the height of summer. The warm days and nights make it the perfect time to book a camper van and hit the open road. It's best to give yourself 2 weeks minimum to explore – the flight is long and you'll want to make it feel worth it.
There are two islands, North and South. The South is more mountainous and where you'll find popular sights like Mount Cook, Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo and Christchurch. The North is home to the capital city, Auckland, hot springs at Rotorua and of course Hobbiton itself.
Rather than heading to Venice for Valentine's, head to nearby Treviso – just as charming but not quite so busy. Plus it's a short train ride to Venice if you want to visit for the day - especially as the Venice Festival takes place during this month.
Just north of the city you can visit the rolling hills that produce that most romantic of beverages... prosecco. The Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene has recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to it's unique viticulture.
🔀 Our alternative suggestion = South Africa
February is a great time to go on safari in Tanzania, as though you may not see herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain (the Great Migration happens August to December), it's the best time to see them calving in the Ndutu. Thousands of wildebeest are born and take their first teetering steps at this time.
Of course, where there are easy targets predators won't be far behind, meaning your chances of spotting lions, cheetahs and the more elusive leopard are higher as well. Once you've spotted the Big Five, extend your holiday to the nearby island of Zanzibar – relaxing on the beach is a perfect way to round off your holiday.
A football tournament that is sadly often overlooked is the Africa Cup of Nations and in 2022 Cameroon is the host of the competition. Take the chance to see some of the world's top footballers perform for their country and then explore the sites of Cameroon.
Head to Waza National Park for some wildlife spotting, or relax on the beach resorts at Kribi. Plus Cameroon is making efforts to become a more eco-friendly destination, especially in regards to protecting the local animals and environment. Cameroon is one of the lesser known African countries where you can find gorillas, with the WWF developing ecotourism in Campo-Ma'an National Park.
Los Angeles, USA
Fancy a spot of celeb spotting? Why not head to Los Angeles this February? There'll be plenty of celebs in town as the city is the host of the 2022 NFL Superbowl. Even if you're not an American football fan, the Superbowl half-time show is something not to be missed - this year it's a doozy featuring Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige.
Take a trip the the orginal Disneyland in Anaheim, stroll the Santa Monica pier and of course check out the iconic Hollywood sign.
Tired of your usual trip to the Canaries? Why not mix it up this February and give Madeira a go instead. This Portuguese island is located off the coast of Morrocco and average temperatures in February can reach 19°c.
The island is volcanic, which means that although it may not have the sandiest of beaches there is plenty of interesting sites to explore - such as the rugged Pico do Arieiro peak. Plus of course the island is known for its fortified wine!
Singapore is home to what's widely considered the world's best airport, Changi - so this is definitely one place you can say your holiday starts the moment you step off the plane. In fact you could probably spend more than a day exploring everything there is to do in the airport.
Once you step out of the airport the wonder continues, as Singapore is home to some incredibly interesting sites - such as the futuristic Cloud Forest and the iconic Marina Bay resort. February is a great time to visit as it coincides with the Chinese New Year and the end of the monsoon season. Meaning less rain, less humidity and more sunshine.